Georgetown | October 2020

FIRST LOOK

BY SALLY GRACE HOLTGRIEVE

This rendering depicts how the second oor event space can be used. It includes a stage, dance oor and bar and will be available to rent for private events. (Photos courtesy City Post)

City Post Steakhouse, market, speakeasy coming in 2021

G eorgetown residents can expect a new steakhouse, oyster bar, butcher counter, small market and event space all in what was formerly the historic post oce built in the 1930s. But what’s a Prohibition-era building without a speakeasy? Res- idents can expect that, as well. The basement is complete with a hidden entrance. The concept, City Post, aims to pay tribute to the site’s roots as a post oce, owner Kevin Cummins said. “In terms of its character, it’s always been a community and gathering space,” he said. “It really needs to maintain that identity, so that’s part of what we’ve managed to do. It’s also just a beautiful building ... We really wanted it to be a destina- tion, a place that would anchor a lot of the other businesses on that side of the Square.” The ground oor will house the steakhouse, chophouse, oyster bar, butcher counter and small market, Cummins said. The second oor may be rented for private events or used as overow for the restaurant. It has its own bar, preparation area, and a stage and dance oor. The basement—a rarity for the area—is an especially fun component, Cummins said. “It had to be a speakeasy,” he said with a laugh. “It’s going to feel really

vintage; it will be a lot of fun.” Patrons can head down to the speakeasy before or after dinner, or make it their single stop of the night. The space will have its own entrance. The butcher shop, market, oyster bar and event space are expected to open together by December, Cum- mins said, adding City Post is taking rental bookings now. The steakhouse is expected to open in the rst quarter of next year, as elements such as the wood-red grill are still being worked out. The speakeasy will open after the steakhouse. Even the 98 historic post oce boxes in the lobby are being revived. Each represents a membership that can be purchased annually for $1,000. About a third have already been spoken for, according to Cummins. “With a membership at the City Post, you come in and check your post oce box, and you have something fun in there waiting for you, such as a bottle of wine, a bottle of whiskey, a coupon for a free dinner, something like that,” he said. There will also be special events for members such as wine tastings, meet the chef, meet the butcher, learn more about the local ranchers and more. Those who join before City Post opens will get founders’ memberships, to include preopening meals and input on the menus and wine lists.

City Post used to be a post oce.

737-220-9800 2200 E. PalmValley Blvd. Round Rock

A total of 98 historic post oce boxes are available to rent as part of a City Post membership program. City Post 113 E. Eighth St., Georgetown 512-843-1138 www.facebook.com/citypostchop

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