The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum may know our state’s facts, figures, and important dates, but it seems that it doesn’t know quite as much about running a restaurant. And that’s ok, because they’re totally willing to reach out for help and give others the opportunity to succeed in areas that they aren’t so great in. After 15 years in business, the Story of Texas Cafe is looking for a new Austin restaurant to come in and take over the space.
The cafe originally opened alongside the rest of the museum in 2001, but as Museum Director Victoria Ramirez said. “We’re pretty good at running a museum but not as good at running a restaurant. We are looking for someone with experience in that area.”
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It’s a pretty swanky deal for whichever local restaurant moves in. For one, the 6,800 square-foot space was recently renovated by Austin-based Verokolt, known for such restaurants as 24 Diner and Italic. In addition, the electricity and water are paid for by the museum since the restaurant is located inside of the history museum. In addition, the museum would offer support from its web and marketing teams. The restaurant may have to pay a percentage of gross revenue back to the museum, and will for sure be responsible for gas and trash fees.
Unfortunately for those looking for a romantic evening surrounded by Texas history, alcohol cannot be served in the establishment.
The goal is for the eatery to be opened on or before January 1, 2017. The contract is proposed to be for five years with an option to renew for five years.
From the museum press release:
Proposals from experienced, financially qualified and interested operators will be accepted on or before September 23, 2016. Proposal documents are located here and those who are interested are encouraged to contact the museum for more information or to set up a tour of the space.
(H/T Austin Business Journal)
Featured image courtesy Bob Bullock Museum