The roof has come off of the former Flipnotics Coffee Space, so what’s next?
Caffeine will give way to kava on Barton Springs Road. SquareRut Kava Bar will move into the space long occupied by Flipnotics, according to a worker on the site of the building at 160 Barton Springs Rd.
The kava specialists’ original location is located at 6000 S. Congress Ave., and they also have a location at 5000 N. Lamar Blvd.
Owner Scott Pingel says the ground floor will serve as SquareRut offices, with the cafe located upstairs. In addition to serving kava, Pingel says he plans to have live local music (“folk with a twist”) about three nights a week. The new SquareRut, which Pingel says will have “that Flipnotics feel,” will have a new outdoor patio and be open from noon to midnight daily. Pingel plans for an opening in about 60 days.
So, what exactly is kava?
According to SquareRut’s website:
“Piper methysticum (kava or kava kava) is a plant that is grown in the South Pacific Islands. The root is used to produce a drink with sedative and anti-anxiety properties that fans say is capable of inducing relaxation and mental clarity. For over 3000 years, kava has been used in the islands for medicinal, religious, political, cultural and social purposes.
Fans say kava helps ease anxiety and stress, as well as help to induce a restful sleep. It “takes the edge off” and promotes sociability while helping to focus and concentrate.”
More questions about kava and SquareRut can be found in the FAQ section of the shop’s website.
Of course, the Internet is full of stories, myths, rumors, and speculation about the effects of the plant. Google away.