Resurrected Lustre Pearl opens Friday in East Austin

The bar that sparked Rainey Street’s colorful nightlife district in 2009 is about to get a second life on the far east side.

Photo contributed by Dunlap ATX. After 18 months, Lustre Pearl East is ready to shine as a quirky Austin bar again.
Photo contributed by Dunlap ATX. After 18 months, Lustre Pearl East is ready to shine as a quirky Austin bar again.

Lustre Pearl East is opening Friday in the same 19th-century house that housed the original bar, before it closed when the property was sold on Rainey. Although the old building has now been joined by a newly constructed one with a kitchen and another bar for a much larger space, owner Bridget Dunlap wanted to preserve the overall spirit of the original Lustre Pearl when she transported the bar to 114 Linden St. at East Cesar Chavez.

“I have real love for this house,” Dunlap, the food-and-drink impresario behind other Austin spots like Clive, Container Bar and Mettle, said in a press release. “Walking in is like walking in your old home; it looks and feels the same — you see the memories that you made at every turn.”

She’s making sure visitors to the new Lustre Pearl East, which will also have an outdoor patio, enjoy a relaxing laid-back environment, just as they did when the bar was on Rainey Street. In far East Austin, it’ll have a food menu of primarily sandwiches and salads from Executive Chef Carson Symmonds, as well as cocktails and other beverage items, according to the press release.

Opening hours starting Friday are 4 p.m. to midnight Mondays and Tuesdays and 11 a.m. to midnight Wednesdays through Sundays. Eventually, Lustre Pearl East will be opened every day starting at 11 a.m.

Another Lustre Pearl location is coming to 94 Rainey St., almost right across the street from the first bar. Dunlap, who seems to like to keep busy with her entertainment projects, has also opened a pizza bar on East Sixth Street called Burn. For more information on her projects, visit http://www.bridgetdunlap.com.

Author: Arianna Auber

Arianna Auber writes in-depth news about beer, wine and spirits for Liquid Austin and keeps readers in the know about fun local events with the Planner.

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