A new bicycle-themed bar opening this fall could be the organic, hand-grown cherry on top of the hipster sundae that East Austin is becoming.
Everyone say hello to The Wheel, a bar inspired by bicycles that will be located on the corner of East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Chicon Street. The bar will include craft cocktails and beer, as well as food from its next door neighbor Austin Daily Press. Oh, and The Wheel will also have something else. "Inspired by bike culture, the cozy space will host a bicycle service station on site," said the press release.
Despite the timing, this is unrelated to the news that The Wet Whistle is closing. The Wet Whistle unexpectedly announced earlier this week it would close on Tuesday, October 7. This came as a surprise considering the store had been trying to raise money for an outdoor patio. However, Austin 360 reports that problems surrounding the patio, a $500 raise in rent and "an absentee landlord" led to owner Jon Lawrence's decision to close.
The Wheel (which is brought to you by the same people who gave us Rattle Inn, Star Bar, Gibson Bar, Lavaca Street Bar and Mean Eyed Cat) will move into its 1902-B East MLK Blvd. locale sometime this fall.
Anyone disappointed with the change of scenery at the MLK and Chicon intersection may find comfort in the fact that, according to the press release, The Wheel will be the "first in the neighborhood" to remain open until 2 am.