Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Washington Avenue is making a comeback. In the span of six months, the strip has rebounded from a year-long string of restaurant and bar closures. Places like Alba Huerta's bourbon emporium Julep, Urban Eats, Beirut Fine Lebanese Cuisine, Southern-themed Big Eyed Fish and Mary'z Mediterranean Cuisine have brought the lifeless corridor back to life.
As the Washington Corridor balances itself out with an even mix of restaurants and bars, more dining and drinking options are springing forth. Joining Cowboy Concrete, Fuego's Saloon, B &B Butchers, Velvet Taco, La Roux and Black Orchid along the strip in the near future are Lincoln Bar + Kitchen and Mission Athletic Club and Drinkery.
Replacing Brixx on Washington, the once thriving bar located at 5110 Washington Avenue, is Lincoln Bar + Kitchen. There isn't much information about the concept, other than a Facebook page displaying colorful bottles of spirits. Going by the name and a job posting on its social media account, it's a safe bet that there will be a food menu. Whether the concept will be part bar, part gastropub, is unknown for now. As for who's involved with the bar, that's also under wraps at the moment. Online records and domain registration didn't provide any information but there are clues from the bar's Instagram page. Lincoln Kitchen + Bar is following Bungalow in Austin and Houston's Gray's Public House. Both are owned by Austinite Ashish Seth and Lincoln Kitchen + Bar may be another.
Swamplot reports of another watering hole opening off Washington Avenue. A reader tells the real estate blog of an upcoming bar at 4504 Nett street called Mission Athletic Club and Drinkery. Located in a 1,430-sq.-ft. bungalow, the forthcoming concept will serve beer and wine according a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) notice.