HAYS COUNTY (KXAN) — Gone is the Nutty Brown Cafe and Amphitheater from its location near the Travis-Hays county line, but HEB is trying to keep its spirit in the area.

The popular music venue moved to Round Rock to become Round Rock Amp, and now a 103,000 square foot HEB grocery store is being built on the property. The San Antonio-based company announced construction would begin in March and that it would “use building materials and showcase iconography and memorabilia from the iconic location.”

HEB said he has owned the property since 2015 and worked with site owner Mike Farr to make the transition as smooth as possible. Construction began in March.

A rendering of the new HEB being built on the former site of the Nutty Brown Cafe and Amphitheater near the Travis-Hays county line. (Courtesy of HEB)

“It means a lot to me that HEB cares enough about Nutty Brown’s story and plans to honor him in some way,” Farr said. He gave HEB guitars signed by musicians who played at Nutty Brown, and the company will incorporate them into the decor of the new store.

“I appreciate the way HEB has treated me and my business over the past few years. They’ve been amazing partners to work with. I live a few miles away, and it’s a surreal concept to think that a place I walked into and owned for two decades is now where I go to buy milk and bread. But I’m glad to see it and glad to be a part of it” , did he declare.

The store, located at Country Road 163 (also known as Nutty Brown Road) and US Highway 290, is expected to be completed by spring 2023, HEB said. HEB built another store on the freeway in the Oak Hill neighborhood to replace an old store in southwest Austin, but the new one is intended to serve people living between Austin and Dripping Springs.

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