201 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 473-3712
Posted on 10.27.2016 / by Cedar Door
The Cedar Door has a very rich history in Austin and is continually growing. To show its amazing transition to the restaurant, bar and event space that it is today, here is the history of this Austin institution.
The Cedar Door originally opened in 1975 at 401 W 15th Street. It was at that location until 1984. During this time, one of the bartenders went to Mexico and had a margarita in a martini glass while she was there. She brought the idea back to the Cedar Door, dropped an olive in the glass and called it the Mexican Martini, the Cedar Door’s signature drink.
The next location was at 506 E First St. This is just on the other side of the Convention Center from its current location. It was at this location from 1984-1990. The original structure from the first location was put on a truck and moved.
In 1990, the structure was hoisted onto a truck again and moved to its new location at 910 W Cesar Chavez, which is where the Gables Park Tower now sits, near the Seaholm Power Plant. It was at this address until 2001.
This is when the current owners bought the building and had it put on a truck again and brought to the location we are currently in, at 201 Brazos Street. The Cedar Door opened at this location in September of 2002.
The Cedar Door was originally just a bar. Once it was opened at the new location, the kitchen was built on. Later, the kitchen was moved to its current location and the Capital Room was born. Since that time, a second dining room was added on as an event space. The Cedar Door is now one of the premier event venues in downtown Austin, offering customizable event spaces including private rooms. As you can see, a LOT has changed over the years. Come visit a part of Austin’s rich history and host your own private event at the legendary Cedar Door!