Where it all Began: The History of Our 6th Street location

Almost three decades ago, Z’Tejas opened its doors for business. Our first location, still located on in Austin, Texas’ historic 6th Street, is a Victorian house-turned-restaurant. The reason we chose to start our flavorful journey in the Old Town district? Between a bakery and seafood shop, there weren’t many restaurants in the downtown area. With only a glance, we immediately knew what was missing: a fresh, flavorful Southwestern restaurant to revitalize the area.

From day one, there’s been very little renovation on our cherished building. Each year, we grow stronger in our resolve to uphold the 6th Street charm through the colors, style and culture. Our Victorian house, with its spacious patios and cozy nooks to explore, allows guests to look around in wonder while dining on fresh, innovative food. This experience is unique to Old Town Austin and we’re proud to keep it going.

Adding to the charm and popularity of this location is the live music. Each week, local brands are recruited for guest’s entertainment and to increase exposure for local talent. But this is nothing new! Local bands have been performing here since we opened, almost 3 decades ago. This is one more way Z’Tejas keeps the experience local. Shows are held most weekends, so take a look at the 6th Street Facebook page to see who is playing this week!

Historic charm, live music and tasty food blend together for an experience that keeps guests coming back. Over the years, 6th Street has seen many proposals, family pictures, wedding venues and long-time customers. And the Z’Tejas family continues to grow! Guests from around the nation (and the world) stop by for a bite to eat during their travels.

Now, almost 30 years since opening, our original location is as busy as ever. Come experience a legendary meal you won’t forget on 6th Street in the Old Austin area.

 

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22 Years of Mixology with Martie

Martie is one of our fantastic bartenders at the Gateway location.

While he has been bartending at Z’Tejas for 22 years, Martie didn’t start his career as mixing drinks. Years ago, Martie graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in Finance. After graduation, he lived in California for a few years, but wasn’t satisfied with his job or life there.

Martie ultimately decided to pack up and move back to Arizona, where he started bartending to pay the bills. The more he worked, the more he discovered that he loved the job! A huge benefit of his new job was the flexibility; as a bartender, Martie could work whenever he wanted. He took advantage of this to spend time with his kids—taking them to school, helping them with homework—before going to work in the evenings. There was freedom in this schedule; something Martie didn’t have with previous jobs.

His change in careers originally began at a bar located in Scottsdale, Arizona. While Martie was bartending there, the building began a 3-month remodel. Rather than waiting for the bar to reopen, Martie decided to hand in his notice and try his luck elsewhere. Fortunately, at this time, Z’Tejas was opening a new location in Phoenix. When Martie went in to apply for a bartending position, he was hired on the spot.

From the upbeat atmosphere to the regulars who come to see him, Martie has and continues to enjoy every aspect of the job. Throughout the 22 years he’s been working at Z’Tejas, Martie has built and cultivated long-term relationships with many of his customers. Many more customers than could be mentioned in this article!

Martie is originally from London and has lived in America for more than 30 years. He is passionate about his family, dogs, wine and making new friends.

Come get to know Martie in person! He works at the Gateway location, found on East Shea Blvd  and North Tatum Blvd in Phoenix, Arizona.

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