Easy Tiger, the adored bakery and beer garden, is expanding with its third standalone Austin location on South Lamar this year. It’ll take over what had been Red Porch’s last location on 3508 South Lamar Boulevard in the Barton Hills neighborhood starting in the winter of 2020.
The 15,000-square-foot patio and the multi-story building will house Easy Tiger’s bakery, bakeshop, and classroom for workshops and other educational events. Then there are plans for a market section with retail and to-go items, a deck, a big beer garden, and another outdoor space. The address overlooks the Greenbelt and Barton Creek. The redesign is being overseen by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture.
Easy Tiger’s head baker David Norman published a long-awaited bread book, Bread on the Table, in October 2019.
The future holds probably many more locations of Easy Tiger. The growth is now under the guidance of new chief executive officer with Mike Stitt. Previously, he was the CEO of Invisible Ink Tattoo Removers, which operates locations across the country, and the president of travel deal website Travelzoo’s North American division. Also involved in Easy Tiger are a bunch of investment firms: Pixiu Investments (run by Eddie Margain and Chris Loughlin) and Prophet Capital Asset Management (run by Bobby Epstein).
Technically, this will be Easy Tiger’s fourth location, following the original one on Sixth Street (2012), Whole Foods Cedar Park (2017), and the Linc (2018). It had operated a stand in downtown food hall Fareground in 2018, but that closed in 2019, a year after it had split from founding parent company ELM Group.
After ten years, comfort food patio mini-chain Red’s Porch closed this South Lamar location in October 2019. It had been the last remaining location of Red’s since both the North Austin and Round Rock locations closed in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Owner Davis Tucker still operates the original location of his brewery and restaurant North by Northwest Brewing Co., but its South Austin expansion closed last year too.