Once the epicenter of Austin’s ‘80s and ‘90s cool (it was even one of the locations in Richard Linklater’s seminal film Slacker), Quack’s is lately having quite a moment. The iconic Austin coffee shop and bakery announced in April that they would be taking over the shuttered Strange Brew space in South Austin to open Captain Quackenbush's Coffeehouse and Bakery. Now a third location — Lady Quackenbush’s Cakery — will be taking over the former Mueller outpost of Jodi Elliott’s Bribery Bakery.
As the name of the new project implies, sweets will be a heavy component of the new shop. Quack’s will be moving the cake and custom cookie making facilities from their current bakery in Hyde Park to Mueller, and the bakers will be trying their hand at expanded dessert offerings like macarons. Eater reports that they will also retain Bribery’s liquor license, allowing them to serve beer and wine in addition to coffee drinks.
An opening date has not been announced yet for the new project. In the meantime, expect the first phase of the South Austin location to open in early 2018. Owner Art Silver will also be developing the Strange Brew Lounge Side into a new music venue, Austin Soundroom.
Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery, which became the sole location after the Drag’s Captain Quackenbush’s Intergalactic Espresso and Dessert Company closed in 1999, will remain open in Hyde Park.