Located just off South Congress Avenue, a new climbing facility is popping up to cater to amateur and avid climbers alike. Austin locals and Crux Climbing Center owners Matt Twyman and Kevin Goradia set out on a mission to build a premier hub where climbers could not only perfect their craft, but could also enjoy a community space where they could learn from and teach one another. Divvied up into three zones, the climbing areas consist of the main hall, the party room, and the cave. All climbing areas have been designed to foster a sense of community and comfort. In addition, the mezzanine has fitness equipment, a multi-purpose room for yoga and fitness classes, and a lounge area with charging stations and Wi-Fi. All Crux members can enjoy unlimited yoga and fitness classes.
The space is a haven for sports fans with 13 televisions, which will feature seasonal sports, along with private rooms where guests can control what is viewed. The Austin Suite features a mural highlighting iconic Austin people and places, and The Great Room features photography and sports memorabilia from sport icons from the late 1980s and 1990s like Joe Montana, Michael Jordan, and Bo Jackson. BaseCamp’s menu is crafted by the same creative minds who have restaurant experience at popular eateries like Uchi, Peached Tortilla, and Parkside. The plan is to bring together the energetic vibe of a sports bar with a fresh and accessible menu, while providing high-quality access to sports entertainment.
At Modern Market, every ingredient is curated with intention. For example, the company's co-founders and team didn't offer pickles on the menu for two years—they were searching for a recipe that didn't include sodium benzoate, a potentially harmful synthetic chemical. Nearly every dish on the menu comes with an informational breakdown of the calories, fat, carbs, and protein. Modern Market makes most things from scratch, even down to the salad dressings and pizza dough. This has led to a menu that satisfies virtually any dietary requirement—vegan, celiac, paleo, raw, South Beach, high carb, low carb, and also low GCI. They’re passionate about helping small companies grow by curating ingredients from family farms. Bonus for parents: Kids eat free on Sundays and Monday evenings.