In a year that saw one classic restaurant fold after another, one long-running Austin coffee shop is heading in a new direction. On December 3, Austin Java announced the latest edition to its chain, opening at 5404 Manchaca Rd. on December 7.
The debut of the South Austin space marks the end of a year of change for the brand. Following the closure of its original outpost in October 2017, Austin Java decided to call it a day at the Barton Springs Road location in July. Meanwhile, it expanded with two new locations — introducing an ambitious flagship in Dripping Springs in February and a shop at Met Center on Metropolis Drive in August.
According to a release, the Manchaca shop is the beginning of a new chapter for Austin Java. The company hired local creative agency Tilted Chair to refresh the more than 20-year-old brand and brought on designer Lilianne Steckel (Bird Bird Biscuit, Better Half, Flat Track Coffee) to give the interior a fresh look using the company’s signature yellow as an inspiration.
The all-day menu will be much the same as the other locations, focusing on American fare. As part of the chains recently created culinary advisory board program, guests will be able to participate in the creation of potential dishes by giving feedback on occasional samples.
Naturally, there will also be plenty of caffeine courtesy of the new Dripping Springs roasting facility and other nonalcoholic options like house-made sodas. Those craving something with more jolt can order local craft beer on tap, wine, or a cocktail from the full bar. The zero-proof drinks can be ordered online or through a drive-thru window.
Once open, the location will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Hours are 7 am-10 pm Monday through Thursday, 7 am- midnight Friday and Saturday, and 7 am-8 pm on Sunday.