When we caught up with musician and coffee professional Jack Wilson this Spring, he was in the final stages of a painstaking buildout of Radio Coffee & Beer, a new coffee bar, beer bar and occasional live music venue in far South Austin. Well, all’s well that ends well, and Radio Coffee & Beer finally opened this summer at 4204 Manchaca Road, featuring a dual-purpose bar, refurbished wood floors, handcrafted furniture and a sprawling backyard patio.
The name itself spells out the new bars primary programs, and Stumptown coffees and espressos pulled through a custom-made, 3-Group Synesso Cyncra machine highlight the coffee side. Wilson, whose coffee background began at Victrola Coffee Roasters in Seattle before he moved to Austin and joined the teams at the recently closed Flipnotics and Bouldin Creek Café, made the decision to work with Stumptown early on in the planning process.
“Working with the team in Seattle, a brand that is well-known for their focus on quality, gives us a level of credibility,” he says.
Local vendors are providing pies and other baked goods, while the bar will have a rotating selection of craft beers, most of which will come from Central Texas.