Take a stroll around Mueller now and you might think you’ve walked onto the set of Pleasantville. The urban village is a maze of cookie-cutter houses and local chains, with little to remind residents that Robert Mueller Municipal Airport used to dominate the area (though the control tower still stands). Opened for commercial service in 1936, the airport served Austin for 63 years until it closed, giving way for the city council to implement its “Mueller master plan” for development. The area’s first regional retail center opened in 2007; Mueller’s Aldrich Street district has since grown to include recognizable businesses like Alamo Drafthouse and Lick Honest Ice Creams, and there are more on the way: Stella Public House, Bao’d Up, Colleen’s Kitchen. There’s still character in this neighborhood, though. Wander around the historic Browning Hangar on Wednesday afternoons and Friday evenings to find the Heart of Texas Pétanque Club playing games (and occasionally offering free lessons!), or picnic by Mueller Lake, where families hang out after visiting the nearby Thinkery, Austin’s premier children’s museum. The neighborhood may appeal more to Austinites wanting to settle down, but Mueller’s hip factor is on a slow and steady rise.
Mueller Trailer Eats: Gather around trucks at this outdoor food court boasting eateries like Conscious Cravings and Gravy ATX.
WhichCraft Tap Room & Bottle Shop: This dual-purpose shop serves as both a bar where you can sip craft suds and a bottle shop in which to purchase well-curated brews for your next house party.
J.T. Youngblood's: The fried chicken eatery has triumphantly returned to Texas, choosing Mueller as its home base for serving excellent poultry, braised greens, key lime pie and more.
Thinkery: This family favorite evolved from the Austin Children’s Museum and is a place for both kids and adults to constantly ask “why?” as they explore exhibits centered around science, tech, engineering, arts and math.