Change of Concept

Troubled Austin restaurant space gets a third chance with this opening

Troubled Austin restaurant space gets a third chance with this opening

Trackside bar Dunlap ATX patio
Trackside is open next to Hops & Grain Brewery. Trackside/Instagram

A new concept has taken over a popular but troubled East Austin restaurant space. Over the weekend, Trackside quietly opened at 507 Calles St., the former home of Mettle and Ophelia. 

The sports bar is the third concept from Dunlap ATX, founded by Bridget Dunlap of Rainey Street fame, at the location. In January, Dunlap pulled the plug on her first restaurant endeavor, Mettle, which opened to much anticipation in summer 2013, citing lagging sales.

In February, Dunlap ATX opened the very short-lived Ophelia, a Cajun concept in partnership with chef Lynzy Moran, in the space. The restaurant shuttered after only three months. “Moving forward, the team is evaluating all options to repurpose the space with fresh eyes,” Dunlap ATX said when announcing the closure.

A representative for Trackside confirmed that the space debuted on Saturday with bar games, multiple televisions, and a revamped patio. The sports bar seems to align with other Dunlap ATX entities, including Lustre Pearl, Bar 96, Clive Bar, and Parlor & Yard.

Hours are Monday through Thursday, 4 pm to midnight, and Friday through Sunday, 11 am to midnight. Trackside is offering an opening week special of 50 percent off food through Friday, October 14.