Sky Scraping

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The Austin Chronicle noted last week that the 33-story Frost Bank building won’t be the colossus of the downtown Austin skyline for much longer. There are two projects slated for that side of Congress within a few blocks of each other. The Fifth & Congress project is farther along, if I’m not mistaken. The other project would take up most of the block between 2nd and 3rd.

As Kelso notes, this’ll mean demolishing the current building that houses Las Manitas along with Tesoros and Escuelita Del Alma. La Peña and Copa are safe because of their historic building status. I’ve heard mention that one or another was an old blacksmith shop and also something about an early train station on those spots. Las Manitas may move into the La Peña location if this deal goes through. Tesoros owner already runs another location elsewhere, so it’s not too big of a hit. Escuelita is searching for other options. We can’t really afford to lose any daycare facilities in an already strapped market, so let’s hope they find a suitable alternate location. It appears that demolition wouldn’t happen until the spring, so you still have time to get your last meal at the current location. None of this is an absolutely done deal yet.

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