Farewell South Austin

Beloved music venue Nutty Brown Cafe announces big move to Round Rock

Beloved music venue Nutty Brown Cafe announces big move to Round Rock

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Nutty Brown Cafe will relocate to McNeil Park in 2017. Photo courtesy of Diana Cox Photos

Nutty Brown Cafe and Amphitheater is getting a serious change of scenery. Owner Mike Farr announced Thursday that the restaurant and live music venue will be leaving its South Austin home of 13 years in favor of Round Rock in 2017.

On Thursday, the Round Rock City Council authorized the sale of McNeil Community Park to Nutty Brown Cafe. Following the approval, Farr took to Facebook and Twitter to share the good news. "I'm looking forward to working with the City of Round Rock and bringing first-class entertainment to their city," said Farr.

The McNeil Park property — situated along the northbound frontage road of IH-35 near the Round Rock Premium Outlets — will requires major renovations for its new use. Nutty Brown Cafe will continue to operate at its Highway 290 location through 2016, until the changes are complete. There's no word yet on what will become of McNeil Park's current facilities.

The relocation is a result of H-E-B purchasing the South Austin property where Nutty Brown Cafe is currently located. Although the deal meant Nutty Brown Cafe needed a new home, Farr says that the grocery chain has been helpful throughout the process.

"[This] wouldn't be possible without the help of H-E-B, who have been nothing but outstanding partners ever since they purchased the land where Nutty Brown currently resides. H-E-B understood our need to remain open in 2016 and they graciously offered to allow us to stay open another year," said Farr.