New businesses flourish in North Austin


by JADE MINGUS / KVUE NEWS and photojouranlist MICHAEL MOORE

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Posted on October 8, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 8 at 6:40 PM

AUSTIN -- North Austin residents no longer have to drive to downtown to enjoy locally-owned restaurants. There is a boom of new businesses in North Austin concentrated on Anderson Lane near Burnet Road.

"It's just a hop, skip and a jump down the road instead of having to go down south," said customer Jason McDonald. 

McDonald grabbed lunch at Hopdoddy Burger Bar on Anderson Lane Monday. The popular eatery on South Congress opened a second north location in the spring and consistently has lines out the door.

"In the rain, the heat and the cold they will definitely stand outside," said Hopdoddy Manager Cat Lauderback.

Just down the street on Anderson Lane, another well-known restaurant opened a North Austin location -- East Side Pies.

"This neighborhood is truly excited that we are here," said East Side Pies co-owner Noah Polk.

East Side Pies sells pizza by the slice, by the pie and offers delivery.

"There is a boom in this neighborhood, yet there's room for more," said Polk. 

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Well-known South Austin spot Hill's Cafe took its success and opened a new BBQ location on Steck Avenue, located near a new Honda dealership.

Cynthia Mattiza with Austin Realty says North Austin neighborhoods are changing, and residents want to spend money locally.

"A lot of young professionals are buying right now in urban areas where there is a lot of shopping, restaurants, and close proximity to major corridors like Highway 183," said Mattiza.

The Goodnight will open in North Austin in a couple of weeks or less. It is 18,000 square feet of dining and entertainment space for adults.

"We have fantastic food, a boutique bowling alley, custom-built pool tables, shuffleboard and table tennis. We have a lot to offer," said Goodnight General Manager Mo Wark. 

Wark said North Austin just made sense when it came to potential customers and visibility.

"It's really growing fast. It's funny because it's really an old area up here, but it's being rediscovered," said Wark.

While there are a lot of new businesses in North Austin, the city's Planning and Development Department reports new commercial building permits are up citywide.  They increased 35 percent from August 2011 to August 2012.