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Culture / Restaurants

An Austin Coffee Sensation Looks to Change the Way Texas Drinks

New Shop Adds a Cocktail Bar, a Full Kitchen and More

BY // 09.29.16

In just six years, Sean Henry — owner of Austin-based coffee shop Houndstooth Coffee — has expanded his footprint to include three locations across Austin and Dallas. And while Houndstooth’s success is undeniable, Henry isn’t quite finished building his coffee-coated empire.

This summer, he debuted his fourth and largest Houndstooth outpost, at Sylvan Thirty (1878 Sylvan Avenue) — a West Dallas development housing emerging creatives, loft spaces, local retailers, an organic grocery, and more; but unlike the brand’s existing locations, this shop is brewing more than coffee.

“With this new location, we really wanted to challenge ourselves and keep pushing the coffee conversation forward,” Henry explained. “This new space lends itself to introducing all-new elements, and we’re excited to not just replicate the successes of our other locations but to continue to evolve as our brand grows.”

Houndstooth’s new coffee bar is joined by a full-service kitchen, which not only offers food, but will soon host special events. A cocktail bar, Jettison, is the third and final piece to the Houndstooth conglomerate.

Jettison officially opens on Friday, October 21, and will feature cocktails and spirits crafted by George Kaiho (Parliament, Tei-An.) 

“My goal is to create intimate spaces for genuine connection. Whether over coffee or dinner and drinks, we want to create a table culture that is both authentic and unique. We want to give a particular character to our experiences at Houndstooth and Jettison — one that speaks to the broader social aspect of being brought together in a particular moment that is both venerable and memorable,” says Henry. 

Jettison fêtes its impending opening with an intimate dinner series highlighting local chefs. Francisco Terrazas (Mezcal Vago) features interior Mexican fare with mezcal pairings on Monday, October 3, and Julien Eelsen (Whisk Creperie) follows on Monday, October 10, with southern French cuisine and wine pairings. Cody Sharp rounds out the month with dinners on October 17 and October 24. The first event  highlights all things Italian with food alongside amaro and wine pairings. The latter showcases Spanish fare and sherry pairings.

Pro Tip: Don’t bend to procrastination. Tickets for Jettison’s first dinner, which featured chef Mateo Robinson‘s Thai cuisine, sold out quickly. For additional information and tickets, click here.

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