The local bakery and restaurant Easy Tiger opens a third location in East Austin. The new location will open at 1501 East 7th Street (formerly Parkside Projects’ 7co event room) in early February.
Easy Tiger is known for its German menu with pretzels, sausages and beer as well as baguettes, pastries and other breads from “Head Doughpuncher” David Norman. Easy Tiger’s East 7th location has the same menu and a large outdoor beer garden available for private events. The indoor dining room is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, guests can order whether they want to sit or sit outside in the beer garden.
The East Seventh location marks a return to the city center for Easy Tiger. The original downtown location was closed on East 6th Street in September after eight years due to difficulties in adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new location creates jobs for 60 people. In a press release, Norman said, “For nearly ten years on 6th Street, we’ve seen the downtown entertainment district expand to the east side. We are so proud to be part of reopening the city and supporting our neighbors – part of what makes Austin so special. “
Easy Tiger had a good year and opened a new location in South Lamar (on the former Red’s Porch) in October. This makes the East location the second opening of the restaurant in four months. These locations are part of the flagship location on Linc in the highlands.
The space at 1501 East 7th Street was originally the chic French restaurant LaV in 2014 until it suddenly closed in 2016. The stylish space stood empty for two years before Parkside Projects (Parkside, The Backspace, etc.) turned it into the 7co event space in 2018, 7co closed on January 1st and Easy Tiger took over the space.
Easy Tiger was previously part of the Elm Restaurant Group, which includes other downtown restaurants, Irene’s and 24 Diner, as well as the downtown Food Hall Fareground where Easy Tiger had a booth. However, Easy Tiger branched out into its own unit in 2018 and closed the Fareground stand in 2019.