Austin Buzz Mill Cafe and Bar opened a new location in East Austin this fall. Buzz Mill East Side has taken over the space that previously belonged to the bar and burrito restaurant Troublemaker / New Hightower American Restaurant at 1209 East Seventh Street in mid-September.
Buzz Mill East Side operates the same as the original location on East Riverside Drive. There are beers, cocktails, brewed spirits and coffee. The cafe is also the vegan restaurant’s new home for Brunch Bird breakfast and brunch. The restaurant has actually moved from its original location to South Austin’s storefront, River City Market.
Unlike Buzz Mill Riverside, the East Austin location is not open 24/7. On the contrary, its hours are from 7 a.m. to midnight every day. The Bird Brunch serves food daily from 8:00 a.m. to midnight. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas.
This isn’t the first time Buzz Mill has visited the East Austin area north of the river. It opened a location in Govalle in October 2019, aka Buzz Mill Shady, which closed in April 2020 due to the pandemic. There was also this location planned for the Southern Congress for 2016 which never opened (the building eventually became Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden in 2017). The original Riverside Buzz Mill opened in 2013.
The East Seventh address was home to co-owners Chad Dolezal and general manager Victor Farnsworth’s new casual American restaurant, The Hightower, which took over the former Ethiopian restaurant Karibu in 2014. They closed in September 2019 and turned the space into a Troublemaker , a San Diego bar, record store and burrito store, in November. Seven months later, they closed the bar because of the pandemic.