Signs of rejuvenation in Warehouse District


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on March 29, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 10:41 PM

AUSTIN --- Austin’s Warehouse District is considered the playground for adults, however, in recent months the area has taken a hit from road construction and the closing of a number of establishments formally owned by the Yassine brothers. 

Now signs of new life can be seen on Colorado between 5th and 4th Street at some spaces previously empty. 

What used to be Maria Maria in the 400 block of Colorado is soon to become a restaurant called Searsucker. Brian Malarkey, a finalist in the popular show “Top Chef” is opening up Searsucker in May. 

“I think it's great. Not only is it competition which is going to make us better operators and a better restaurant in the end, it's going to turn the Warehouse District into more of a dining and late night entertainment district,” said Riley Hutton, the General Manager at Truluck’s on Colorado. 

Right next door to Truluck’s, a business called 404 which was one of nine clubs owned by the Yassine brothers who were convicted of money laundering, is also showing signs of life again.   

Sources say a business is now working to secure a liquor license from the T.A.B.C. 

Across the way from 404 and Trulucks, what used to be the old Spaghetti Warehouse is being renovated to become a Capital Grill. 

“It just brings more people to the area and that's what we really need,” said R.J. Montemayor, an assistant manager at Ten Oak. 

There is still road construction on half of Colorado and parts of 4th Street but businesses in the area say it’s moving much faster than it did last year. 

Warehouse District employees told KVUE they expect the road construction to last at least six months.