Downtown Austin juice bar squeezed out of business for new bar and restaurant
Juice bars may be growing faster than kudzu vines in wellness-obsessed Austin, but one concept is bucking the trend. A rep has confirmed that downtown’s The Squeezery will be closing to make way for In Plain Sight, a stylish new bar and eatery from the team behind Here Nor There.
The winking name of In Plain Sight is a nod to the hidden nature of Here Nor There, which features no signage and does not advertise its exact location. The rep says that In Plain Sight is intended to be a sister project, with a similar focus on creating an intimate setting in its indoor and outdoor spaces.
During the nighttime hours, In Plain Sight will transition into a bar focusing on aperitivos, spritzes, and wine. The rep says a particular focus will be placed on natural wine — a rapidly growing, if nebulous, category focused on minimal technological intervention at the winery and sustainable grape growing.
The team has drafted chef Tom Anglesea to create a few simple dishes for breakfast at lunch. Anglesea is relatively unknown in the United States, but has become a celebrity in his native England for his East London hot spot The Laughing Heart and as a winner of BBC cooking competition Great British Menu.
According to the rep, the team wants to keep the timing of the changeover hush-hush for now. However, a mixed beverage permit has been filed with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, meaning In Plain Sight will most likely arrive by the end of 2019.
The Squeezery opened in March 2018 at 612 Brazos St. inside coworking space The Refinery. Although that business shuttered in March 2019, The Squeezery has continued to serve coconut gelato bowls, juices, smoothies, and other health-conscious fare. As of press time, the juice bar is still open, but the team wouldn't reveal exactly when it will permanently shutter.