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Austin restaurant all-stars team up for new downtown sports bar hot spot

Austin restaurant all-stars team up for downtown sports bar hot spot

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BaseCamp is a new sports bar concept set to open in the Warehouse District fall 2015. iStock
Dan Wyman Chad Barrett BaseCamp Austin sports bar 2015
BaseCamp manager Dan Wyman (Uchi, Parkside) and owner Chad Barrett (Summit Rooftop Lounge). Photo courtesy of BaseCamp
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Dan Wyman Chad Barrett BaseCamp Austin sports bar 2015

Sports fans will have something to celebrate when BaseCamp opens this fall in the Warehouse District.

BaseCamp aims to be an elevated version of the tried-and-true sports bar served with a side of American cuisine. In addition to beer drinking and game watching, the bar will also provide a primo spot for pre-gaming since BaseCamp is taking over the first floor of the building that also houses Summit Rooftop Lounge, a West Fifth Street nightclub.

The driving force behind BaseCamp is Chad Barrett of Summit Rooftop Lounge and founder of Aquila Commercial real-estate firm. "I wanted to create an establishment that is comfortable to watch a game while enjoying fresh and distinctive food," said the self-confessed sports enthusiast in a press release.

Joining Barrett is Dan Wyman, who comes by way of Parkside Projects and Uchi. Wyman will head the management side of BaseCamp. "We knew we wanted to open a place where you catch a game in an environment where food quality and genuine hospitality are not sacrificed," said Wyman.

Representing the culinary side of the project is Executive Chef Eric Kuypers, whose past experience includes Uchi and The Peached Tortilla. Kuypers' menu will feature accessible American fare with a bias toward Texan dishes.

Although a concrete date has yet to be announced, the sports bar is scheduled to open this fall. Once open, BaseCamp will operate seven nights a week.