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Southside Barbeque Plans Hutto Opening by July

By Austin American Statesman

Elgin-based Southside Market and Barbeque is aiming to open in the Hutto Co-op district by July, said Tom Abney, the restaurant’s director of operations.

“Today I ordered a big barbecue pit and we are hoping we can hire 50 Hutto folks to come work at Southside in the next few months,” he said.

Abney spoke at a Hutto City Council meeting on Thursday. The Co-op District is on the north side of U.S. 79 just west of downtown Hutto.

The city bought the Co-Op property, which includes a cotton gin and cotton silos, for $2 million in 2004.

It gave the property to MA Partners, which built an $8 million City Hall and is creating a retail, restaurant, office and residential district with $400 million worth of private investment, the city has said.

The expense of the PID, over the lifetime of the project, is expected to cost between $10.5 and $12 million total, with net proceeds listed at closer to $8.5 million, according to Bob Wunsch of MA Partners.

Two million dollars for offsite wastewater improvements would come from the PID, according to presentations made by Jessica Geray, Hutto’s director of economic development. which would extend existing water infrastructure to the site. A traffic signal placed at FM 1660 and Mager Lane would be placed at an entrance to the development, which would also connect East Street and Main Street to Limmer Loop.

The project, Wunsch said, would be completed in one or two phases; if two phases are required, Wunsch added that the second construction cycle would begin 60 days after the first phase’s completion.

“As long as this isn’t done before the Co-Op, we’re okay,” said Mayor Doug Gaul, with a laugh.

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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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