Tesla intends to renovate longtime rehearsal space Music Lab at 500 E. St. Elmo into a showroom and service center, reported the Austin Business Journal last Thursday based on public records. In an email to the Chronicle, Music Lab secretary Joe Cabela now discloses plans to close the practice facility within 30 days. Tenants of the facility – popular for music lessons, hourly rooms, and long-term rentals – have been notified.
According to Cabela, after a major tenant moved out last March, he and brother/Music Lab President Dan Cabela, whose parents founded outdoor retailer Cabela’s, posted a portion of the building for lease. The 30,000-square-foot edifice is located within mixed-use South Austin development The Yard.
“Then we were given an unexpected opportunity,” writes Cabela. “The property was sold to GCH Saint Elmo LLC on Jan. 15, 2021. I have no information about Tesla beyond what has been reported by others in the media.”