Palm Door prepping former Sixth Street bar for new event space

Dec 4, 2013
Austin Business Journal

A second Palm Door events space will open on a busy part of downtown Austin’s 6th Street entertainment district, replacing The Stage on Sixth country bar that closed at the end of November. Brenton Schumacher, owner and executive chef of Pink Avocado Catering, which runs the existing Palm Door space at 5th and Sabine streets, said his company is beginning renovation of the space in preparation for a grand opening party on New Years Eve


The Palm Door on Sixth will have a total capacity of around 1,000 occupants between its three spaces and will be geared toward corporate events, weddings and other occasions. Schumacher said it will also be available for live music bookings and has several commitments already for South By Southwest in March


“We’ve been catering there for years and we’ve always had our eye on it, so as soon as it was available we were ready to get in there,” he said. “The allure is that it is on 6th Street. If you want to do a wedding and show people Austin you can do it out in the hill country or do it right down in the middle of all the action people talk about.”


Schumacher said his company is still looking for contractors for its renovation work and is working with Drophouse Design and the Red Arc One architecture firm


The loss of a primarily music-focused venue on 6th Street comes as the Austin Music Commission is beginning to look at the business climate along one of the city’s most prominent entertainment districts, and why live music has become a secondary attraction behind shot bars there


Prior to holding The Stage beginning in 2010 the space held The Galaxy Room and local promoter Transmission Events had planned to open a club there called The Radio Room. According to mixed beverage receipts from the Texas state comptroller’s office, The Stage had sold just over $150,000 in liquor from August through October


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