Sullivan’s Steakhouse to Close After 20-Year Run

Posted by on Dec 27, 2017 in Closings, News, Rob's Blog

I must tell you that while this saddens me, it is not surprising. Downtown Austin literally has more steakhouses than it knows what to do with. It was inevitable that one of the dominoes would fall. But that’s capitalism for you. Thing is in the late 1990’s Sullivan’s lounge was THE place to be seen […]

The Wise Guy Kitchen has Closed

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Closings, News, Rob's Blog

The Wise Guy Kitchen, the 5th St. food truck with the usual dishes named after organized crime guys, has gone dark. I tried it once and found it to be OK. I grew up not far from NYC and had the opportunity to sample the grinders and hoagies from Brooklyn to Queens that Wise Guy […]

Cantine on South Lamar Closes

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Closings

I’ve always been an Emmet Fox fan (the force behind Austin restaurants Asti and Fino) and I really enjoyed his latest venture, Cantine on South Lamar. But Cantine has now gone dark, and frankly I’m not surprised. South Lamar bears virtually no resemblance to what it looked like five years ago. There are simply too […]

Revamped Hudson’s on the Bend Closes After Just a Few Months

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Closings

Jeff Blank’s original Hudson’s on the Bend on Hwy 620 near Lakeway had a 32-year run. The wildly original restaurant that introduced Austinites to Rattlesnake Fritters and Grilled Wildebeast to name a few was an ongoing classic until it closed last year. Alas, the new Hudson’s which replaced the original closed after Valentine’s Day this […]

El Gallo Closing

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in Closings

One by one the dominos seem to be falling with respect to classic, family-owned restaurants in Austin. The latest casualty is the iconic El Gallo on S Congress which has been dishing up Tex Mex for 60 years. The Kennedy family has had to shut its doors because they simply can’t keep pace with rising […]

Zed’s Once Again Shuttered

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Closings

The on-again off-again story of Zed’s in the Tech Ridge center is apparently off again. This north Austin comfort food spot had opened and closed several times. It was a decent place in an area off I 35 that is significantly in need of some good dining spots. Our readers have told us that it […]

Fore In Lakeway Closes

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Closings

Fore in Lakeway closed on Tuesday, one day shy of it’s 5th anniversary. The New-American styled restaurant and bar on RR 620 opened strongly under Chef James Ramsey five years ago. But co-owner James Dineoodie noted the huge number of new restaurant openings in the Lakeway area and felt that would only further dilute his […]

The Snack Bar to Close

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Closings

The S. Congress restaurant scene will change again shortly when The Snack Bar (formerly the site of El Sol y La Luna) will close October 30th after a 7-year run. The owners seem like nice folks who want to take care of their employees. But it’s just one more example of the rather tumultuous dining […]

Liberty Kitchen on W 5th Closes

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Closings

One of the most popular pictures on my Instagram page (robbalondines) is of the Seafood Gumbo at Liberty Kitchen on W 5th. Well that will no longer be available as the restaurant has closed. I’m sad for this smallish Texas chain out of Houston and I’m personally ticked off because I really enjoyed the place. […]

100 Pizzitas Closes

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Closings

There goes another one! We reported last week on the closing of Due Forni at 6th and Congress. This week it’s another pizza closing: 100 Pizzitas. It was the first North American location of a Spanish pizza chain on E 7th. They actually had 100 pizzas to choose from and the ones I tried were […]

Due Forni Closes

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Closings

Another major downtown closing has occurred. On the heels of the Cantina Laredo closing, Due Forni has closed. The restaurant closed without notice Thursday, July 21st. Due Forni, which literally translated to “two ovens” opened several years ago at 6th and Congress at the former site of Louie’s 106. I was there as recently as […]

Cantina Laredo Closes

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Closings

In what is becoming a somewhat alarming trend downtown, another restaurant, in this case Cantina Laredo, has closed. They had a strong ten-year run but were unable to come to terms with their landlord on a new lease. I always enjoyed Cantina, from their Carnitas to their table side Guacamole. And I will miss it!

Imperia Closes

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Closings, Openings

A few years back Imperia on Colorado was introduced to Austin as the home of “vibe dining” and an extension of the famous TAO restaurants in Vegas and New York.[They opened with the Sous Chef from Tao Vegas on board]. It also introduced many of us to C.K.Chin who has now become, shall we say, […]

Satay Closes

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in Closings, Openings

I’ve known Dr. Foo Swasdee for many years and it is with regret that we must report that her pioneering Thai restaurant, Satay, is closing. Seems like the Anderson Lane eaterie has been around forever and it almost has. It opened in 1987. Swasdee is the only restaurant owner I know with a PhD in […]

Stephan Pyles Shuttering Famous Dallas Restaurant

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Closings, Openings

Stephan Pyles has been pleasing Dallas palates for years and his influence reaches down to Austin as well. So it’s a big story up north that Pyle’s namesake restaurant is closing. He’s at the end of another of his ten-year cycles and well, just like the chef of Star Canyon fame will be moving on. […]

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