Antone’s to make Downtown Austin home once again

Antone's rendering of new spot (Courtesy: Antone's)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Antone’s will make Downtown Austin its home yet again — just blocks away from the original location. The move for the historic music venue comes this summer. Antone’s new home will be at 305 East Fifth St. in the two-story Maxey Glass building located next to Eddie V’s. Neon artist Evan Voyles, who also previously worked with Clifford Antone, is recreating the classic Antone’s sign and marquee for the building’s façade.

Original Antone's sign designed by Evan Voyles, which won't go up on the new building because it's privately owned by a collector -- and it's too small. Evan will build a bigger and better sign exactly like this one for the new location. (Amanda Dugan/KXAN)
Original Antone’s sign designed by Evan Voyles, which won’t go up on the new building because it’s privately owned by a collector — and it’s too small. Evan will build a bigger and better sign exactly like this one for the new location. (Amanda Dugan/KXAN)

“We are excited to be working with Will Bridges, Gary Clark, Jr., Susan Antone and their team to bring Antone’s back to Downtown Austin, within three blocks of where the Antone’s legend began,” says Tim Finley. “I saw Sunnyland Slim at Antone’s on East 6th in the 1970s, which was an unforgettable experience; we are looking forward to future decades of Antone’s live music at East Fifth Street.”

“I am very happy that Antone’s will open this year,” says Susan Antone. “It’s in the neighborhood where Clifford opened the original Antone’s. He would love this place.”

The new Antone’s location is 5,800 square feet per floor and will include the club and a retail space and gift shop on the ground floor. The upstairs will have an event space, green room and offices. The Antone’s team reportedly put great care into the search for their new home, “taking time to find a lasting home for the iconic venue.”

Grammy Award-winning musician Gary Clark, Jr., Will Bridges, Susan Antone, Alex Shoghi, and Spencer Wells are some of the principal owners and investors of Antone’s.

“I couldn’t be more excited with Antone’s moving back into central downtown, which is the heart of our live music district here in Austin. We look forward to an amazing inaugural year at the club,” says Gary Clark, Jr.

Meanwhile, the Antone’s grand reopening is still to be announced.

More about the people behind the major move

Meredith Sanger and the Downtown Austin Alliance helped the Antone’s team land the spot, while Nate Nickerson with Primus Real Estate Services brokered the lease. Tim Finley of the Finley Company owns the building. The Antone’s architects are Randall Owen and Charlie Melanson of hatch + ulland owen architects, and the builder is Rick McMinn of Image General Contracting.

 

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