East Austin is full of both change and cultural heritage. The historic Victory Grill – part of the Chitlin Circuit which hosted gigs by B.B. King, W.C. Clark and Bobby Bland during segregation – still packs a crowd for live music. More recently established businesses like Franklin’s BBQ, Hillside Farmacy, and the new farm-to-table restaurant: Sagra Trattoria and Bar, have moved to the 11th Street Corridor. These establishments join Blue Dahlia, Three Little Pigs, and Tony’s Jamaican Food in providing high quality dining choices within walking distance of the Texas Capitol building.
The neighborhood is a popular destination for both tourists and Austinites. As a vibrant business district along 11th Street, East Austin is filled with fine dining and casual eateries, bars, and retail shops. USA Today recently named East Austin’s 11th and 12th Streets on their list of the “10 Best notable neighborhoods generating local buzz, but which you’ve probably heard little about.”
Fun Facts About East Austin
- The zip code for this area is 78702
- The area between 10th and 14th Streets was once called “Robertson Hill” after Dr. J.W. Robertson, who platted the area. Dr. Robertson was one of the first land owners to sell property to former slaves.
- For nearly 50 years, from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s, Austin’s electric streetcars ended in East Austin. During this period, this area was known as the “East End.”
- The African-American Cultural Heritage Facility, which includes the Dedrick-Hamilton House located at 912 East 11th Street, was a project developed by the City of Austin and is currently the office for the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce.
- Huston-Tillotson University, which traces it’s founding to Huston College and Tillotson College, is widely cited as being the school of higher learning in Austin.
- In 2010 the State of Texas designated the African American Cultural Heritage District, which covers an area where Austin’s African American community lived, worked and played during segregation.
- The George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center is dedicated to the collection, preservation, research and exhibition of African-American historical and cultural material. The museum offers gallery and online exhibits, programs, classes, theater productions and a genealogy center.