A backyard along with your espresso at Cosmic Saltillo

February 24, 2024

For just a few years, I’ve been wanting to go to Cosmic, a espresso store and beer backyard in South Austin, primarily for its garden-like landscaping (featured on Central Texas Gardener). However I simply haven’t made it down there but. Then final 12 months, I heard a couple of new Cosmic — Cosmic Saltillo — in East Austin at 1300 E. 4th Road, and immediately I used to be seeing it throughout Instagram. Christy Ten Eyck shared pictures of the panorama design her agency did there. My sister-in-law posted an Instagram from its out of doors seating. Then my daughter did. I used to be the final one to see it! My impatience was palpable. Lastly, on the day after Christmas, I rounded up a few relations for a go to so I might see it for myself.

And sure, it’s fully charming, with that contemporary-rustic Austin vibe and Ten Eyck signatures like vine shading, steel-pipe fountains, and trough-style water options. Right here’s the beer backyard patio, the place of us have been basking within the sunshine on the day after Christmas, consuming tacos and ingesting espresso or having a vacation cocktail or beer. Vines are climbing tall posts and can finally creep alongside A-frame wires to shade the house. Outside followers are available to maintain the air shifting.

Alongside one facet of the patio, a limestone-edged pond mimics a Hill Nation stream. On the reverse finish, a head-high metal pipe pours water into a big vessel within the pond.

Waterlilies have been nonetheless blooming in late December. The pink is faux poinsettias set out for Christmas. I want I had seen the pumpkin show they did final fall — tons of pumpkins.

Beneath tall bushes alongside the property line, previous relic partitions with preserved graffiti have been left standing to create cozy out of doors rooms, the place old-style garden chairs provide moveable seating round low tables. The rooms overlook the pond.

That is the fascinating a part of the Ten Eyck design, as described on their web site:

“A as soon as bustling industrial hub, Cosmic Saltillo has introduced new life to the deserted Texaco Depot by way of a layered strategy that artfully melds present options with the brand new. The incorporation of reclaimed web site supplies for paving and water options minimizes undertaking waste whereas serving to to protect the location’s distinctive character. Plantings freely spill and climb over constructed supplies, softening the facade and situating guests amongst nature relatively than adjoining to it. A newly constructed stair effectively and elevator brings guests as much as the roof high the place they’re lofted into the tree cover with views west of downtown Austin. Situated alongside the multi-modal Purple Line Parkway, the newly accessible grounds invite guests to discover its many nooks. Consequently, this quirky and plush design scheme has turned this neighborhood relic right into a bustling city backyard that can sustainably serve the group for years to come back.”

Right here’s the pipe fountain from the opposite finish of the pond.

A half-circle counter provides good people-watching below the duvet of a rooftop patio.

I just like the rounded white lights — like floating river rocks or miniature clouds.

Yet another view, with the beer backyard past and the previous Texaco partitions within the again.

View of downtown Austin from the rooftop patio

Vines are scrambling up wires right here too and can hopefully provide shade by summer time. Beneath, silver noticed palmetto, bamboo muhly, and asparagus fern fluff out the bottom stage.

After I visited the restroom, I found vibrant cactus wallpaper.

On the entrance/exit path, a recent trough fountain runs alongside a metal-mesh display. Metal pipe scuppers spill water into the trough.

It’s all pretty, and a great motive to hang around on the patio for some time. Which we did, whereas having fun with tacos and cocktails.

Centro pedestrian paseo

Afterward, we walked down the road to discover the realm and located the Centro pedestrian paseo, with a putting brick sample and string lights overhead. Nudge Design did the panorama design right here:

“This improvement is on the core of Austin’s Satillo District, with the Satillo Metro station instantly to the south. The vibrancy and variations of the close by panorama are blended with the practical really feel of the adjoining railway. The undertaking incorporates a park space that reclaims and transforms a sleepy part of roadway into an energetic city house with touches of nature, good for markets and celebrations.”

A tile mosaic fills a wall alongside a rain backyard (ought to have taken pics of that), providing photos of cowgirls taking part in guitar…


…and a person providing a flower to an armadillo! I would like to return and discover this space once more quickly, benefiting from these lovely early spring days.

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Attend the third annual Budding Out Plant Sale & Pageant on March sixteenth on the John Fairey Backyard in Hempstead. Uncommon and distinctive crops from the backyard’s nursery and from choose plant distributors might be on the market. Further choices embrace artwork, ceramics, jewellery, meals, music, and displays. Admission: $5 for members, $10 for non-members, youngsters below 12 free. Hours: 10 am to 4 pm; members get early admission at 9 am (memberships out there on day of occasion).

Come out to Austin’s Mayfield Park on April sixth for the Mayfield Park Gardening Symposium & Fundraiser, 8:30 to 11 am. This annual profit for the park features a raffle, plant sale, and backyard audio system.

Come find out about gardening and design at Backyard Spark! I arrange in-person talks by inspiring designers, panorama architects, authors, and gardeners just a few occasions a 12 months in Austin. These are limited-attendance occasions that promote out shortly, so be part of the Backyard Spark e mail checklist to be notified prematurely; merely click on this hyperlink and ask to be added. Season 8 kicks off in fall 2024. Keep tuned for more information!

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