The Pitch is Austin FC’s Perfect Next-Door Neighbor
Fútbol fans are invited to enjoy the entertainment destination that features four restaurants, two bars and soon-to-come pickleball courts
By Katerina Cotroneo
Photos by Consumable Content
Austin’s newest outdoor “it” spot has arrived. The concept is beyond anything we’ve seen before, and between the grassy areas to lounge, the multi-acre pond, and the delicious food, there’s no doubt why The Pitch is getting all the buzz. And of course, all the Verde pride!
Two bars, four restaurants, a coffee club and live music? You had me at two bars. Plus, all the convenience of it all on one tab means less signing and less guilt. Being next to the Parmer practice field, Austin FC’s training facility, the team’s camaraderie transcends to the atmosphere when you’re eating your wagyu burger that’s local (yum) or sipping your tropical cocktail while watching the game on the giant screen! You feel the ATX spirit all around and remember why you love the great 512.
With the new realities of COVID, VP of Acquisitions and Development at Karlin Real Estate (and lead developer of The Pitch) Mike McGlashan explained they had to get creative. When it comes to creating an environment for employees in the area to escape to midday, families to spend quality time in the evening and groups to hang out at any age and any demographic, they kicked this one out of the park (no pun intended).
“We’re extremely proud of what we delivered,” says Mike. He adds that the surrounding North Austin community has fully embraced them and now frequents The Pitch. Who wouldn’t, knowing you can switch up your cuisine every time, and there are acres and acres of areas to relax and enjoy. I, for one, am looking forward to attending the next movie and trivia night.
When speaking with Scott Hentschel of Corner Kick Hospitality Group, which operates the food and beverage at The Pitch, he explained all four restaurants have a unique cuisine ready for any type of pallet. While describing everything between the meat sandwiches at Smoke Show to the bahn mis at Ga Roti there seems to indeed be an array of flavors to choose from.
“It’s great food that’s reasonably priced,” says Scott, and it most certainly sounds mouth-watering after grabbing a cold one at the beer garden or walking around the multi-acre pond. This spot truly has everything. Ranger Burger’s locally sourced menu has rave reviews, and Taco Flats is the perfect way to end proper Taco Tuesday!
Got an event coming up and want to change up the venue? The Pitch can host you whether you’re thinking 50 or 500. Without letting on too much, Mike let us know they’re hosting some massive thousand-plus people events this year and are excited to be Austin’s new hub for embracing the Austin outdoors and the local eatery and live music style we all know and love.
Mix that with our Austin FC team spirit, and you’ve got yourself a perfect experience for any night out, kid’s birthday or corporate event. He says between some health and wellness groups and other great businesses, they are thrilled to be the upcoming event center on the horizon. This hub is a networking masterpiece and was intended to hold many a celebration.
Happy hour with a friend? Bumble date? Work lunch? Coffee after a run? The Pitch has something for everyone. It’s the type of place north Austin craved so severely, a spot where one could say “meet me there” and not even have to know what they’re craving yet due to the fact there are four places to choose from! On a nice sunny day, you can lay out with your digs and enjoy the vitamin D, and on a not-so-vibrant one, stay in the shade and get your sunshine from the Tropicana vibes in the cocktail umbrellas. The build being shipping containers adds a quirky, unique feel.
A big question we often face is, “Where should I take my friend from out of town?” Well, this right here is a great all-in-one option.