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Original Austin coffee shop brews new restaurant in Dripping Springs

Original Austin coffee shop brews new restaurant in Dripping Springs

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Dripping Springs will wake up to a new Austin Java on February 1. Austin Java/ Facebook

One door closes, four other doors open. At least that's the case for Austin Java, which closed its long-running Parkway location on October 31 of 2017 but is coming back stronger than ever with plans for four new locations.

The first of those projects opens February 1 in Dripping Springs, Austin Java VP of operations Louis Cantu tells CultureMap. The new coffee house and restaurant is located in the former location of Smoke 'n Hops at 3799 E. Hwy. 290 and will feature plenty of indoor and outdoor dining space, as well as a playscape for the kids.

The menu at all locations will be slightly retooled, with the addition of Southern favorites like shrimp and grits and chicken-fried steak, but the new Dripping Springs eatery will have a smokehouse to make house pastrami and bacon, according to Community Impact.

A brewery, complete with tasting room and biergarten, will soon follow, although neither the name nor the styles of beers have been revealed. The same building will also house a coffee-roasting facility and business offices.

The other planned locations will be peddling caffeine on Manchaca Road, far East Riverside Drive, and at MetCenter near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. With existing locations on Barton Springs and at City Hall, plus mini shops on North Capital of Texas Highway and inside ABIA, Austinites will soon be able to catch an Austin Java buzz in almost every part of town.