Restaurants envisioned for West Sixth Street site

Apr 1, 2014
Austin American Statesman

Big changes are coming to one of the few remaining empty lots in the downtown area. Owners of 604 W. Sixth St. are looking to build a pair of two-story buildings with about 20,000 square feet of space for two or more tenants, according to the Weitzman Group’s Michele Gary and Adam Zimel, who are heading up leasing efforts

The high-profile site is adjacent to several high-end bars and restaurants, including 219 West, Benji’s Cantina, Star Bar, The Ranch and Rio. The headquarters for Whole Foods Market and Cirrus Logic are also nearby

Tenants will be able to help shape the look of the building, Zimel said. That could include the possibility of rooftop seating

Gary and Zimel are courting local and national restaurants for the project, but owner Bob Ehrlich said he’s open to talking with other interested businesses

Depending on interest, Ehrlich says the building’s size could potentially grow as large as 60,000 square feet

Construction should take about eight months and will begin as soon as leases have been signed and city permits have been obtained, Zimel said. With several prospective tenants already inquiring about the project, he said it might not be long before that happens

The property, which is about 12,000 square feet, has been in Ehrlich’s family for more than 80 years, he said, and there have been plenty of offers from interested buyers, especially recently. Previous options that had been considered for the site have included a boutique hotel, offices and retail, Gary said

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