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Hutto to get a Flix Brewhouse, a movie theater that brews its own beer

By Austin Business Journal

Hutto’s mixed-use Co-Op District will be anchored by a Flix Brewhouse LLC movie theater after city officials inked an incentive agreement Thursday night.

Officials said the addition to the Co-Op District, a 35-acre project under development by MA Partners on U.S. Route 79 that could essentially create an urban downtown, would help the suburb provide more amenities to keep its residents from taking their dollars to Hutto’s larger neighbors in Williamson County.

“We’ve been working for a long time to kick the Co-Op off,” City Manager Odis Jones said. “An important part of that is finding an anchor tenant.”

“[And] we’ve talked for a while about wanting to have a movie theater here in town,” he added. “Today we will have one.”

Barbecue eatery Southside Market was announced as the Co-Op District’s first tenant earlier this month.

The city will reimburse Round Rock-based Flix Brewhouse 75 percent of city sales tax for 10 years, according to city documents, up to $1.28 million.

Hutto Economic Development Corp. Chairman Bill Gravell called the addition of the 39,000-square-foot theater “the most important economic development opportunity that this community has seen in many, many years.”

“[Flix Brewhouse] is a Williamson County-based company that’s gone across the nation, but yet they have come back here to plant one of their flagship opportunities,” Gravell said.

Flix Brewhouse, which combines movies with beer it brews on site, has five locations nationwide with more on the way; It recently raised $13 million for those expansion efforts…

 

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Entertainment anchor for the Co-Op District announced Thursday night in Hutto

By Community Impact

Flix Brewhouse was announced as the Co-Op District’s entertainment complex at Thursday night’s Hutto City Council meeting.

Hutto Economic Development Corporation Chair Bill Gravell and Flix Brewhouse Senior Vice President Real Estate and Brand Development Matt Silvers made the announcement with a presentation for council members and the general public.

The movie theater chain offers craft beer brewed in-house as well as dining options for moviegoers. Silvers floated the possibility of brewing a “Hippo Hefeweizen” at the Hutto movie theater during his presentation.

“Flix isn’t just about beer, movies and food,” Silver said. “We have a whole bunch of alternative programming offered up.”

Silvers did not specify how many theaters and seats the Hutto Flix Brewhouse location will offer, but estimated that 6,000 to 7,000 customers will visit the site every week.

Per Gravell, Hutto’s Flix Brewhouse will be 39,000 square feet and will employ anywhere from 150 to 200 people. Part of the economic development agreement, according to the Hutto EDC chairman, mandates the movie theater hire a certain percentage of Hutto ISD and local college students.

“Every high school kid that lives in Hutto, Texas, will no longer have to go to Round Rock or Taylor for a job… they will be able to do that right here in Hutto,” Gravell said Thursday night.

This is the second tenant announced for the upcoming Co-Op District, a $210 million mixed-use development on the north side of Hwy. 79, just west of downtown Hutto.

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Southside Market and Barbeque is coming to Hutto

By Austin American Statesman

Southside Market and Barbeque is coming to Hutto.

The restaurant is the first commercial tenant at the new Co-Op District in Hutto now under construction, according to the district’s developer, MA Partners.

The district is a 35-acre business, retail, entertainment and residential destination being developed on U.S. 79 in Hutto at the historic Gin property, according to a news release issued by the city.

The barbecue restaurant first opened in Elgin in 1882, where it is still operating. A second location opened in Bastrop in 2014.

“As Texans, we’ve had the personal privilege of enjoying Southside Market’s barbeque for decades and we could not imagine a better match for a project with the vision and scale of the Co-Op District,” said developer Bob Wunsch of MA Partners in the release.

One of the owners of Southside Market and Barbeque, Bryan Bracewell, said coming to the Co-Op District “is such a natural fit for us because Hutto is very similar to the two other towns we call home in that it’s a great place filled with salt-of-the-earth folks who have the same values we have,” according to the release.

A ground breaking for the Co-Op District, which includes four grain silos that have been preserved, took place in November.

A new City Hall — planned to be the anchor tenant of the Co-Op District — is anticipated to open within a year.

Information was not immediately available Monday about the projected opening date for Southside Market and Barbeque.

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