Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Longbranch Inn in East Austin

Folks, there ain't no denying it, the rest of the world has finally caught on as to the worth of the properties in East Austin. For over decades nobody gave a shit about East Austin, the properties were cheap and nobody wanted them. Time changes everything. Some East Side trend setter's, like Cafe Mundi, and Manor Road Coffeehouse, later Gabby and Moe's, across Manor Road from the University of Texas Physical Plant paved the way, but then came the development monster hot on its tail and East Austin will never be the same. It is great for some people but the rest are left to scramble and try to hold their life together. That's Gentrification and that is what is happening in East Austin. But it's really about time, how long can you ignore half of your city? East Austin has a bad rep, not to be confused with a bad rap although they have taken that too, and for good reason. There are too many people hanging out at specific intersections and street corners because they have no jobs to go to. It doesn't have to be that way and it won't be for long. Improvements seem to have caught on without any city money involvement at all. All it took was twenty years of waiting for people to get beyond their prejudices and then things exploded, now what? Sell your property? Move out? Yeah ,that's the reality if you don't already own the property. However, here is a place with a firm spot in the community. The Longbranch Inn, East of I35 has been a bar since it's inception in the forties. I don't know if that is true, that's what the girl behind the bar told me. She also told me that the Bar, in the Bar, was the first one they had at the Driskill Hotel. Dating back to the 1800's, and she told me about the picture over the door when the Longbranch Inn had no windows. Wow, at least you could never get thrown though a window. Anyway, this place is cool. It should be packed in the afternoons. It will be, I have no doubt. Austin is on the move again like it was the 80's. God Help Us.

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