The Meteor Is the Coolest Bike-Coffee-Champagne Shop in Austin


Sure, Austin is a laid-back city. But its residents are also highly caffeinated, and hard-charging, athletically speaking. For proof, look to the steadily growing coffee-shop-and-cyclery scene. Lance Armstrong opened Juan Pelota, a café inside his Mellow Johnny’s bike shop in 2008, Downtown; on the East Side, cool commuters have been getting their fix (and fixing flats) at Flat Track Coffee Roasters, which shares a space with repair shop Cycleast. Now, a third entrant to the scene has arrived: The Meteor, a South Austin all-day cafe that further fizzes-up the concept.

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Andy Chasteen

Outside the glassy mid-century remodel, a retro neon sign promises espresso, Champagne, and chain lube. And that’s the truth.

Step up to the counter, and you can order coffee and espresso drinks with beans from Intelligentsia—Doug Zell, the buzzy Chicago-based coffee company’s co-founder, is a co-owner here—while in massive reach-in coolers you can pull bottles of bubbly like Deutz Brut Classic and P. Lancelot Royer Blanc de Blancs, along with a range of biodynamic wines.

And in a small bike shop set-up in back you’ll find, as promised, chain lube: Rock ‘n’ Roll Gold “The King of Lubes.” Along with big-dollar bikes, of course.

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Andy Chasteen

“The idea was to serve the best version of that trinity: the best coffee in town, the best wine program in town, the best bike shop in town,” says General Manager Andrew Werth.

Not to mention food: Werth also designed the menu, which from noon to close, features Roman-style pizza, with toppings like summer squash and ricotta béchamel, sold by the pound.



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