Icenhauer's, Rainey Street - Austin, Texas

Icenhauer’s, Rainey Street – Austin, Texas

Continuing with my bar portraits from Rainey Street, we have Icenhauer’s. Unlike the three bars I featured several days ago, this one is located on the other side, on the east side of Rainey, halfway down the street.

I didn’t realize this fully restored house dates back from 1895, and it remained a family residence until 2009. It was brought back to life with the help of a famous local architect, Michael Hsu, salvaging as much as the original as possible.

The tower behind Icenhauer’s is the Homewood Suites by Hilton, which opened a year and a half ago. Unfortunately, these high-rises detract from the original quaintness of the neighborhood, as well as the restored bars. I guess that’s progress.

You might notice the food truck on the left. It’s typical for Austin bars to partner with these trucks to give patrons a food option. Many of the Rainey Street bars have them, and there are two food truck parks on the block. It’s a very Austin scene.

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4 thoughts on “Icenhauer’s

  1. It’s a beautiful building, and I like the black and white treatment which helps focus the viewer on the architecture.

    It’s relatively easy to find beautiful 19th and early 20th century houses other structures in this part of New Jersey. The challenge is the spider web of electric power lines that mar the view.

    The food truck is a common sight in New Jersey. Over the last two decades, many towns have repealed some of their prohibition-era laws and micro-wineries, micro-breweries and micro-distilleries have sprung up around the state. Alas, due to restaurant association lobbying, none are allowed to serve food. The food trucks fill the need.

    1. There is a simple honesty with the older houses. A balance that doesn’t seem to exist into today’s MacMansions. We do have power lines all over the older parts of Austin, but less here. Maybe they buried them during all the renovations.

      I don’t know where the food truck movement started, but I guess it’s everywhere now. I know some of the popular trucks have grown into real restaurants in Austin. It’s seems like a lower risk way to get into the food industry.

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