Central Texas restaurant hospitality giants, Harlan Scott and Cody Taylor, are bringing Industry to East Austin in this month with a new location at 1211 E 5th St. Like their original location in San Marcos, the menu will offer an all day menu of “low key healthy” Texas fare including tacos, burgers, hearty salads, and house smoked meats and vegetables in a casual, counter service atmosphere with an expansive bar and Sunday brunch service.
Industry in East Austin offers an all from-scratch menu full of veggies and house-smoked meats. Industry will also serve breakfast everyday until noon. Highlights include their Brisket Breakfast Sando with brisket, a fried egg, poblano cream cheese, and house BBQ sauce on a potato roll and the Brunch Bowl made with field greens, a fried egg, sweet potato, garlic rice, seasoned tots, black beans, red pepper vinaigrette, hollandaise, and green onion.
Menu highlights include Smoked Chicken Tacos made with juicy house-smoked chicken, house hot sauce, purple cabbage, avo-yogurt, cotija, and cilantro served on a corn tortilla; the Industry Bowl with field greens, rice, sweet potatoes, brussels, pepitas, chevre, with a cashew honey vinaigrette; Smoked Beet Reuben with house smoked beets, charred cabbage slaw, swiss, and thousand island dressing served on rye bread. Industry is also known for their Green Chile Queso full of smoked chiles, mushrooms, and cilantro, along with their Industry Burger made with a smoked beef patty, swiss cheese, greens, bacon onion jam, tomato, and dill pickle mayo.
On Sundays, Industry will serve their over-the-top brunch from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Highlights include their Smoked Cheeseburger Benedict made with a toasted english muffin, fried egg, swiss cheese, green onion, and red chile hollandaise; Buttermilk Biscuits and Gravy with giant homemade buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy; and their Porky’s Pancakes with pork pastor, bacon, buttermilk pancakes, blackberry compote, and bourbon maple syrup. Looking for your Sunday Funday buzz? Try their brunch cocktails including the Industry Bloody Mary made with pepper and garlic infused Reyka Vodka, smoked tomato, and house-made bloody mix; and their Stay Woke made with Still Austin Bourbon, coffee liqueur, orange peel, cream, and cold brew coffee.
Industry will offer weekday drink specials along with a weekday happy hour and reverse happy hour from 3-6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. – close. Weekday drink specials include: half off margaritas on Mondays, $4 whiskies on Wednesdays, happy hour pricing for ladies all night on Thursdays and $2.50 mimosas on Sundays. The restaurant offers a massive selection of whiskey and beer, with quality wines on draft, and a curated list of handcrafted cocktails.
Cody Taylor and Harlan Scott have been behind several successful concepts both individually and together like Cafe Josie, Valentino’s in San Marcos, and Industry San Marcos, and are now adding Industry in East Austin to their diverse portfolio. Scott has also been a hospitality consultant for dozens of successful restaurants and bars in the Austin area. The name “Industry” is what Scott calls the idea of celebrating the raw, authentic, and diverse lifestyle of servers and cooks and everyone in between. When they created the original Industry in San Marcos, Scott and Taylor had each thrived in the fast-paced Austin food culture for a decade, and they wanted to slow down a bit. They created Industry as a “safe space” that breaks down the server/customer dynamic by creating a naturally symbiotic relationship between the two. Industry in East Austin has an employee first, customer second philosophy which Scott and Taylor feel, in turn, creates a pro-customer experience.
“Great employee benefits including mental healthcare, fair wages, tip-share for the kitchen, and 40-hour work weeks are a priority for us,” Scott explains. “We don’t believe in the romantic notion of doubles and 70 hour work weeks; but we also hire people willing to make sacrifices from time to time to help out coworkers and the restaurant. The staff we have now, they “get it.” We think they will with Industry Eastside as well.” Industry in east Austin will also offer 15% off for all service industry workers. Industry is now hiring all positions, email email@example.com to apply.
Scott and Taylor came up in the service industry waiting tables, cooking food, and washing dishes, and they believe there’s nothing nobler than serving others. “There’s a learned empathy, blunt honesty, and unique charm that comes from having been in service,” Taylor describes. Industry in East Austin adds a 20% service charge to every bill to take the guesswork out of tipping. By doing this, this allows Industry to share tips with the kitchen, with all of their staff, and guarantee a real living wage in Austin, Texas.
Industry in East Austin opens in mid-October at 1211 E 5th St. Ste 150. To see their menu and more on their concept visit their website https://industrytx.com/ and follow them on Instagram at @industryeastside for updates.