Brew & Brew owners opening cafe and bar Better Half on West Fifth Street

Having proven adept hands in the coffee and beer game, the owners of East Austin hangout the Brew & Brew will expand their focus with their latest venture, Better Half. The all-day American cafe and bar will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner from a full kitchen and feature a coffee and beer program similar to that at Brew & Brew, along with a full cocktail bar.

The restaurant and bar, located at 1203 W. Fifth Street (at Walsh Street), will reside in the space previously occupied by Ride Austin. Owners Matt and Grady Wright and Matthew Bolick, who opened Brew & Brew at East Fifth and San Marcos streets in 2013, relied on feedback they had received over the years from customers to help guide them as they created their new concept.

“Treating coffee, food, cocktails and beer as equals under one roof just seems like the move,” said Bolick, who also founded Flat Track Coffee and runs Brew & Brew’s coffee program. “To me it is a hole that needs to be filled in a town that loves each so much.”

Better Half is slated to open by the end of this year.

Grady Wright, Matt Wright and Matthew Bolick of Brew & Brew and Better Half. (Credit: Chris Mumford)

The partners plan for Better Half to be open from 7 a.m. until late daily, and while they aren’t ready to announce their executive chef, who has experience working in some of Austin’s top restaurants, they say the menu will reflect the kind of food they love from years of eating around Texas.

The space is being designed by Chioco Design (Counter Three Five Seven), with interior design by Lilianne Steckel (Thunderbird Cafe and Tap Room).


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