Wednesday, October 12, 2011

219West Closing Fourth St. Location This Weekend, Moving to New Location on West Sixth

219West Closing Fourth Street Location This Weekend,
 Moving to New Location on West Sixth Street:
New Space to Include Front Dining Patio and Expansive Rooftop Deck

After nine years as a fixture in Austin’s popular Warehouse District, 219West – the cozy yet sophisticated bar and restaurant that has long been a go-to happy hour spot for downtown professionals, foodies and politicos alike – is moving to West Sixth Street. Dedicated 219West patrons will have the opportunity to say goodbye to the beloved Fourth Street restaurant and bar this week, as the Warehouse District location closes its doors for good after regular Saturday night service from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Oct. 15. 219West’s new home at 612 W. Sixth St., opening in mid-November, formerly housed Union Park and is nearly double the size of its current space, providing more wining-and-dining options along Austin’s most illustrious thoroughfare.  
 219West’s new 8,600-square-foot location has been entirely gutted and refurbished, enabling owner Marty Munden to update the restaurant’s classic aesthetics while bringing in many of the familiar characteristics Austin patrons have come to know and love throughout the years. All three of 219West’s bars from the Fourth Street location are being uprooted and moved to the new restaurant, as are the signature curved rail and the plush banquettes. A new patio has been erected along the front side of the building, allowing for outdoor dining space and people watching along Sixth Street. Inside, guests will find a similar welcoming atmosphere as the Fourth Street location, with a large dining room anchoring the downstairs space. More intimate dining rooms offer the perfect spot for private parties and special gatherings. The addition of a massive rooftop deck provides the ideal happy hour locale for sipping martinis and taking in one of the best views of Austin’s skyline.
219West’s six award-winning menus, featuring a variety of tapas and fresh entrees, cocktails, beer, rare liqueurs and wine, will remain staples at the new location. The restaurant is committed to serving only the highest quality ingredients and dishes made in-house from scratch. Nothing is pre-made or frozen at 219West, and the restaurant’s chefs insist on butchering their own meats, pressing their own burgers and preparing all vegetables daily. Sauces and salsas include freshly roasted tomatoes, and fried dishes are battered to order. Every item at 219West is prepared with care and precision, ensuring that each customer is presented with a refined and undeniably gratifying dish.  
 In addition to enjoying selections from the restaurant’s abundant menu, guests can celebrate the new 219West location by raising a toast with a signature 219Tini cocktail. A combination of cucumber vodka, fresh lime juice, a splash each of sour mix and 7UP or soda, and a dash of simple syrup, the 219Tini is a refreshing complement to any 219West dish, or the perfect cooling cocktail sipper. 
“We change our menu twice a year, and we’ll continue to do that at the new place, adding in some new dishes and specials along the way,” Munden says. “The whole idea with 219West is that we provide something special for every taste. Diversity is very important to us, so we will continue to provide that balance between what’s familiar and comfortable, and what’s new and more exotic.”

Located at 612 W. Sixth St., the new 219West bar and restaurant is scheduled to open in mid-November. The restaurant will be open for dinner and cocktail service Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. The award-winning happy hour will be offered weekdays from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information about 219West and the new West Sixth Street location, please call (512) 474-2194, or visit

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