It looks like third time wasn't the charm for a popular but troubled East Austin restaurant space. Trackside, the sports bar located at 507 Calles St., quietly shuttered after just six months in business, a representative for Dunlap ATX confirms with CultureMap. It closed April 6.
Trackside opened in October 2016 in the former home of Mettle and Ophelia; it was the third concept from Dunlap ATX at the location. The bar seemed to align with founder Bridget Dunlap's other successful concepts, including Lustre Pearl, Lustre Pearl East, Bar 96, Clive Bar, Container Bar, and Parlor & Yard.
The east side space has witnessed plenty of turnover in the past year-and-a-half. In January 2016, Dunlap pulled the plug on her first restaurant endeavor, Mettle, which opened to much anticipation in summer 2013, citing lagging sales. In February 2016, Dunlap ATX opened the very short-lived Ophelia, a Cajun eatery, in partnership with chef Lynzy Moran. The restaurant shuttered within three months.
Dunlap ATX has sold the property and has no plans to open anything else in the space, according to the representative. The company has another relatively new venture to focus on: Collide ATX, the collaborative dining and event space that took over Burn Pizza + Bar, also in East Austin.