Austin Restaurant Folks Spruce Up the San Marcos Dining Scene

Float the river and then dine at Industry this summer

San Marcos is, according to some people who should know, the longest constantly inhabited territory in the continental U.S., and all of it’s centered around that infamously cold and floatable stretch of river. And all of those people have to eat, you know?

Courtesy of Harlan Scott Hospitality

Cody Taylor, owner of Clarksville’s beloved Café Josie and chef Todd Havers, both Texas State alumni, are joining forces with restaurateur Harlan Scott to enliven the San Marcos dining scene with their new restaurant, Industry, which is slated to open on the historic San Marcos square later this summer.

Courtesy of Harlan Scott Hospitality

Industry aims to be an everyday favorite featuring a casual atmosphere and communal tables. They’ll be serving lunch, dinner, and late-night study break (or, OK, post-party) snacks, all of it inspired by their experiences working in the service industry. From the decor, to the glassware, to the menu itself – which is filled with the kind of unpretentiously gourmet tastes you might have at a really good staff meal – everything at Industry is designed to pay a subtle homage to the people who have made food the center of their professional lives.

Anchored in Hops & Grain’s highly anticipated new brewery (which will, in addition to the tasting room, hopefully enable locals to take their keg stands to the next level with some Pale Mosaic IPA), Industry will be centered around an enormous Texas Live Oak smoker. But it’s not a barbecue joint! Everyday staples like green chile queso and the Live Oak burger means there’s something for everyone. Even vegetable lovers can chow down on the sweet potato bowl.

So whether you need somewhere to nurse your sunburn after an afternoon float, or you’re a long-suffering Austin-commuting adjunct professor in search of beer, or you’re a bona fide grownup, non-student San Marcos resident looking for something slightly more sophisticated than one of the (many) local sports bars, Industry promises to bring something new to what might possibly be the oldest dining scene there is.

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