The Golden Goose moving into old Horseshoe Lounge location

This classic neon sign is going with the Horseshoe Lounge, opening in a new location on East Riverside Drive, but a new bar is taking its place. The Golden Goose has an anticipated opening of May this year.

Photo by Aubrey Edwards. This classic neon sign is going with the Horseshoe Lounge, opening in a new location on East Riverside Drive, but a new bar is taking its place. The Golden Goose has an anticipated opening of May this year.

The old Horseshoe Lounge location on South Lamar Boulevard isn’t going to be vacant long. Taking over the space, which housed the 50-year-old bar until mid-February, is a new bar concept called the Golden Goose.

Local bar owners Jason Steward, of Bungalow and Bar 2211, and Sean Fric, of J. Black’s Feel Good Kitchen and Lounge, are planning to offer in the Golden Goose some of the same things that made the Horseshoe Lounge such a popular spot, such as a custom shuffleboard table — but the new bar, which Steward and Fric hope to open in May, will also take credit cards and sell liquor (which the new Horseshoe Lounge, opening up on East Riverside, will do too, once it opens sometime this summer).

The Golden Goose, according to a press release, will be “unpretentious and comfortable,” with a classic jukebox, ice-cold beer and “strong, hand-crafted cocktails.”

Steward and Fric have been friends since meeting 15 years ago during the opening of the original Eddie V’s, and they’d wanted to partner on a new spot but needed just the right place, according to the press release.

“As an Austin native, South Lamar has been a huge part of my life,” Steward, who most recently opened Bar 2211 last spring, said in the press release. “It’s my goal to keep the area’s roots alive and well amongst all the change and growth.”

That’s why he and Fric are going to make the shuffleboard table such a big feature of the new bar. It’s “an ode to the Horseshoe Lounge and its loyal customers,” according to the press release.

For updates about the Golden Goose, located at 2034 S. Lamar Blvd., follow the bar on Twitter at @TheGooseAustin.


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