Something new is brewing on the corner of East Fifth and San Marcos streets, where Wright Bros. Brew & Brew is set to to open Sunday, September 29, at 7 am, in the former home of Progress Coffee. Part bar, part coffee shop, Brew & Brew is the brainchild of brothers Matt and Grady Wright and Matthew Bolick, who also co-owns Flattrack Coffee just a few blocks away.
The concept was born over coffee at Frank, where Bolick worked and the Wright brothers would come in to talk shop and sip lattes. The trio bonded over their love of all things brewed and, as the next two and half years progressed, they began developing the framework for what would become Wright Bros. Brew & Brew.
"I can point to damn near everything in here and tell you who built it, who scraped the paint off of it." — Brew & Brew co-founder Matt Wright.
Bolick, who trained as a barista at Frank before opening Flat Track, oversees the coffee program, while Grady Wright has immersed himself in the world of craft beer, learning the intricacies of home brewing and honing his skills at curating the tap selection.
"It's 50-50 and equally well done," Bolick says. "[We have] super-elevated coffee and a well-curated tap selection."
The space itself is as much a love letter to Austin as it is to vice. "I can point to damn near everything in here and tell you who built it, who scraped the paint off of it," says Matt Wright. With the logo designed by Cody Haltom and Justin Cox of Public School, to the benches handmade by local craftsman Josh Holstein, to the interior design by Chelsea Grace, Brew & Brew is a culmination of some of Austin's creative heavyweights.
"[We] want the place to feel fresh and look gorgeous but also feel like it's been here forever," Bolick says. And indeed it does.
From beans to benches, the attention to detail rises above your typical coffeehouse or pub. In addition to the handcrafted exterior, the three co-founders place particular emphasis on service, even going so far as have the bar (designed by Erik Culver of Old Boy Co.) placed at almost waist height and install a Modbar espresso machine below the counter in order to foster conversation between barista/bartender and customer. Plus, there are some serious service-industry pros behind that bar, including former managers from Jeffrey's, Frank and Home Slice Pizza.
In addition to Grady's specially selected rotating taps, look forward to coffee roasted from Flat Track as well as Sightglass and De La Paz, both out of San Francisco. Brew & Brew will also be offering a limited menu of snacks and small plates.
We can't wait to get our buzz on.