The 2nd Street district is quickly becoming the heart of Austin. Even with just one real city-like block, the 2nd street district is full of life and energy — both during the day and during the night.
One of the reasons for the success of the 2nd Street district is the centralized leasing strategy which groups all 44 retail locations in AMLI downtown, the CSC building, the Silicon Labs Building, and in City Hal under the control of a central leasing authority currently managed by AMLl. By centrally managing leasing, the district has been able to limit chain businesses while building a diverse collection of retail stores and restaurants that bring life to the neighborhood. As the district grows in size, it show only become stronger.
With the coming completion of the AMLI on 2nd rental tower between San Antonio & Guadalupe, a number of new businesses are soon to open on 2nd Street and in the surrounding blocks that form the district.
IMAGE: New AMLI on 2nd Tower Extends the 2nd Street District
The completion of the AMLI tower will bring 11 new retail businesses while bringing new life to the 7 businesses in the Silicon Labs building across the street. So far, 7 out of the 11 new retail locations in the AMLI Tower have been leased. They include the following new business which will soon appear on 2nd street. in fact, a couple—such as St. Bernard Sports—have already opened. The new 2nd Street businesses include:
– Z Pizza – An new downtown pizza restaurant
– Málaga – A Tapas restaurant which is moving from 4th street
– La Condesa
– Kirk Furniture – A local vintage furniture store
– St. Bernard Sports – A Sporting Goods Store on 3rd street
– Dr Shane Matt — Appears to be a dentist office
In addition, a few additional businesses are set to open soon throughout the district:
– Taste Select Wines
– Beyond Traditions Jewelry
– Mama Fu’s – A local Asian Food Chain
With these additions, 42 of 55 of the retail stores in the 2nd Street District are now occupied. As new buildings such as the expansive Block 21 complex a W Hotel & Residences completed the street, the 2nd Street District will continue to shift Austin’s center of gravity in its direction.