Though the East Austin arts complex Canopy launched in early 2013, only in the last few weeks has an eatery opened in the space long reserved for such a business.
The owners of the large former warehouse complex at 916 Springdale Road intended Canopy always intended the mix of tenants to include a restaurant of some kind along with galleries, individual artist studios and creative business like the long-time residents, Blue Genie Art Industries. (The property is owned by a consortium of private business people including architect Michael Hsu who designed the remodel).
But the site’s proximity to a school —Govalle Elementary is right next door — prevents any restaurant at Canopy from obtaining a liquor license.
Welcome, then, to Sa-Ten Coffee and Eats from the co-creators of East Side King and Kome Sushi.
Sa-Ten is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Lunch is served 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Non-profit group Big Medium — the folks who started the East Austin Studio Tour — act as Canopy’s anchor tenants and adjudicate the applications for artists studios.