The Bar On Wheels Marks Its 30th Tonight

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Today is the 30th Anniversary of the Cedar Door, Austin’s first and only (to my knowledge) mobile bar. In it’s 30-year history, the Cedar Door has had four locations. Originally established on the 500 block of West 15th Street by Gus and Diane Koerner, the Cedar Door has been habitually plagued by having the land sold out from under the bar. But as the saying goes, have bar, will travel. In 1984, the bar was moved to East Cesar Chavez when its 15th Street property was sold. Five years later, the city bought the Cesar Chavez property to make way for the Austin Convention Center. Once again, the Koerners took their small bar crosstown to the corner of Lamar and Cesar Chavez, where it enjoyed another decade until the city’s growth again encroached on the bar in 2001. For a while, the bar was in limbo as Susan Toomey Frost attempted to secure permits and zoning to move the bar to Toomey Road, a move not fully endorsed by the surrounding neighborhood.

Finally, the fate of Cedar Door was settled in 2002 when Steve Potts bought the bar from Koerner and moved it to where it stands now on the corner of 2nd and Brazos. To celebrate the anniversary, the owners are having a celebration tonight called “Day of the Door” starting at 5 p.m., which will have live music, drinks and appetizers, and martini shakers. The shakers, of course, celebrate the signature drink of the Door, the Mexican Martini. Today’s Austin Chronicle features the recipe for the celebrated libation:

Cedar Door’s Original Mexican Martini Recipe

In a 16-oz. shaker full of ice, combine:

1.5 oz. Sauza Gold Tequila

1.5 oz. Hiram Walker Triple Sec

Finish with freshly squeezed lime juice, a splash of orange juice, and sweet and sour.

Shake well and serve in a champagne glass with a salted rim, garnished with three olives on a sword pick and a lime wedge.

Part of the proceeds from tonight’s celebration will benefit Helping Hand Home for Children.

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