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By: Michael Valdes
Narsiza Muniz is just being honest. "Speaking for myself, originally, the move was a scary thing," she says.
For the owners of "Boneshakers," leaving the banks of the River Walk extension just south of town was tough for many reasons. The beer and bicycle hot spot spent more than two years building a loyal following and that community is growing.
"It's growing everyday," says General Manager J.P. Perez. "Everyday you see more cyclists on bikes and it is getting bigger and bigger. And we are all cyclists. We ride bikes. So it was very important to keep that."
Owner Philip Luna had his own reason to lament leaving the old location. "I lived about fifty feet away. So I fought it at first. But once I saw the space, it's definitely an upgrade," says Luna.
The new space is an old building that went up in 19-16. It's right next to another popular biking spot, the Hays Street Bridge. "The cyclists we were finding over on the extension part of the river where we were before were a lot of families. A lot of first time riders," says Luna. "They didn't really need to come off the river and have a really strong craft beer. Where as the group of cyclists that come off the bridge... they are all kind of lifers."
Now those riders, and everyone else, will find new life at the new Boneshakers. A bigger stage, bigger sounds, and, what they were really looking for, a bigger kitchen. "We started doing pizzas at the old place in late 2011 and we started to realize what we could do there and do something really creative," says Perez. "My dad used to tell me, 'pansita llena, corazon contenta.' I like to apply that to myself... full stomach, happy heart," says Muniz.
But they all agree, what is most important is what will "not" change. Boneshakers is still dedicated to Texas beers and buying local, fresh ingredients. And the music will always be original even if the building is different. "We have a really eclectic lineup," says Luna. "We get around fifty-percent local acts. Fifty-percent touring acts. Austin, Dallas, Texas acts. Acts from all over the world."
So, according to Perez, Boneshakers fans can expect more of the same. "It doesn't change. The walls might change, but the personality of the business and the people who run it. We are still the same. It's just a bigger room now."
Tuesday, October 2 2012, 10:00 PM CDT
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