On the show this week: Sharon Mays, owner of Baby Greens, on shutting her business down then bringing it back, why she opened a salad drive-thru, what it was like running for Austin City Council both as a native and as a woman, best drive-thru’s in Austin, the ones that could use a little improvement, Omar on taking Latino Comedy Project outside of Texas, other Austin cultural exports, “Hidden Figures,” the Mannawich at Juiceland, and CA Cafe: coconut oil coffee, y’all.
Before Austin was exploding with cool restaurants, Sharon Mays was a pioneer: she opened up a salad drive-thru, Baby Greens, in 2004, on north Burnet Road right next to a Sonic – then opened up two more. But things weren’t quite happening the way she wanted, and she had to shutter all three in 2009. “When I closed my business, and even the way I closed it, I did it with a hope that I would eventually bring it back.” And she did! In late 2016 Baby Greens rose again, now with an even better location on Anderson Road: it’s right across the street from Black Swan Yoga. Sharon tells us Baby Greens’ inspiring comeback story (“I was love bullied into re-opening”), how she ran for Austin City Council during the interim years, and how she feels that currently, “the universe has shaken us to awaken us.” Word.
That leads us to a Short Shot where we share our favorite drive-thrus in Austin, as well as a few that could stand a little improvement. (Listen: we’re not saying the wait isn’t worth it, but certain famous taco restaurants have allowed Tolly to sit through an entire “Fresh Air” interview during her drive-thru wait, with the obligatory jazz album review, THAT IS ALL WE’RE SAYING.)
In our second segment, Tolly talks to Omar about taking Latino Comedy Project on the road, and how other Austin cultural exports do when they’re delivered out of town. In A Toast, Omar took his daughters to see “Hidden Figures,” Tolly is eating the Mannawich from Juiceland in four seconds flat, and Sharon discovered CA Cafe at H-E-B: coconut oil-infused coffee. Yum.
2:34 Segment 1: Sharon Mays on the Baby Greens comeback and stepping up when the universe shakes you
25:57 Short Shot: Favorite (and not so favorite) drive-thrus in Austin
31:46 Segment 2: How to take Latino Comedy Project – and other Austin cultural creations – on the road
44:45 A Toast (recommendations)
53:15 Outtro, listener feedback/messages and how to reach us.