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In 1969, the Austin-American Statesman published an article titled "The Driskill's Fate Sealed" - assuring imminent demolition to make way for a modern glass-façade office building. The Heritage Society of Austin responded by rallying local citizens to save the city of Austin's beloved landmark. Volunteers sold $10 stocks in an unofficial "bake sale," raising more than $900,000 to purchase the property, holding off the wrecking ball by forming the largely citizen-owned non-profit Driskill Hotel Corporation, and had the hotel declared a National Historic Landmark in November 1969, assuring the hotel's lasting presence in the city of Austin.

In the citizen-owned era, The Heritage Society founded the 1886 Lunchroom, successfully operated and staffed for over 20 years by members. Stocked with recipes from the hotel's past (including a stint by Neiman Marcus culinary director and "duchess of Texas cuisine" Helen Corbitt), and their own family histories, the ladies of the Heritage Society operated a venue that to this day is known as "Austin's socializing parlor." Paying homage to the city and Heritage Society's roles, the 1886 Cafe & Bakery opened on July 4, 2002.

The Café, located at the busy corner of Sixth and Brazos streets, remains the social gathering place for locals and out-of-town guests alike looking for delicious traditional Texas comfort foods that combine time-honored Texas traditions with contemporary preparation.

1886 Bakery, with Executive Pastry Chef Tony Sansalone at the helm, features an incredible array of daily pastries, breads and Austin's finest custom-crafted cakes and pies, available via direct order, or by visiting the Café for a custom consultation.

Address: 116 Sixth Street (at the steps of The Driskill Hotel)
Telephone: 512-391-7066

1886 Café & Bakery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner along with late-night dining, and offers full bar service:

Breakfast: Monday thru Friday, 6:30AM - 11:00AM
Lunch: Monday thru Friday, 11:00AM - 5:00PM
Dinner: Sunday thru Thursday, 5:00PM - 10:00PM; Friday & Saturday, 5:00PM - 12:00AM
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 6:30AM - 5:00PM

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