To learn the story of Noël and Will Bridges is to sign up for a short course in Austin history. Ten years ago, Will (together with a small group of friends) quietly opened a new restaurant in the old Schneider Brothers Building downtown under the peculiar promise of “fancy barbecue”. Today, Lamberts is an institution — a must do stop for tourists and locals alike. It was the beginning of a career that would find Will purchasing and protecting historic pieces of old Austin. In the meantime, Noël was cutting her teeth in promotional media at publications like The Austin Chronicle and The Washington Post. The two knew each other from their days at Austin High, but wouldn’t truly join forces until one fateful night at Austin’s most secret and local-heavy dive, Deep Eddy Cabaret. (Years later when the tiny bar went up for sale, the couple snapped it up and — to the regular’s delight — changed almost nothing about it.) Their newest preservation project is perhaps their most ambitious yet: the return of the classic blues club Antone’s to downtown Austin. The couple co-owns the nightclub with their old buddy from high school, Gary Clark Jr., and he’s just one of the many talented musicians who grew up on the Antone’s stage (a certain SRV is another). We met up with Noël and Will in the hours before Antone’s opened to talk about the blues, love, and why it’s so important to protect what’s beautiful about Austin.