La V Closes

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Closings, Openings

In the wake of the unfortunate closing of the exquisite La V on E 7th, one wonders just how much room there is in Austin for high end dining spots like this. Owner Ralph Eads, in a gracefully written closing release, said that he would rather close than fail to provide the exceptional dining experience […]

Southern’s at PBK in Pflugerville Closes

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Closings, Openings

Steve Southern’s six-month old comfort food restaurant in Pflugerville closed last week. It takes more than just great food to make a restaurant work and Southern had more than his share of bad luck including an electrical fire that couldn’t have come at a worse time. I hate to see a good restaurant fail. And […]

Brick Oven on Slaughter Closes

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Closings, Openings

Not used to seeing Brick Oven restaurants closing, but the one on Slaughter is shuttered. Other locations are still alive and well; and why shouldn’t they be? Brick Oven was the first and best in among quality Austin pizza restaurants. Not sure why this one closed, but that’s been a rough location for several places […]

Iguana Grill on 620 Closes

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Closings

The Iguana Grill, one of Lakeway’s longest operating restaurants, closed last Friday, the 13th. Back when we had our father-daughter band, Jenn and I played there several times. It was a great music venue. The view was terrific and the margaritas stout. The food was good (although the chips and salsa were amazing) but never […]

Jezebel Reported Closed, But Internet Rumors Prove False

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Closings, Openings

Okay, here’s the deal. Initial reports that Restaurant Jezebel has closed are not correct. The story now is that they are open, but that the space remains available for lease. Either way, that doesn’t sound promising. Upon their opening, we pointed out that their mandatory jackets-only for men probably wasn’t the best idea for laid-back […]

The Dog and Duck to Close on October 31st: Plans to Reopen in February at Webberville and E. 7th

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Closings, News

The Dog and Duck Pub, one of Austin’s most popular and iconic “joints” at 17th and Guadalupe will close its doors on October 31st. Proprietor Susan Forrester and her staff had seen this coming, but didn’t expect it till the end of December. So they had to launch into some speedy discussions with various landlords, […]

Kenichi Closes

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Closings

The restaurant that the late Billy Rieger and Kenichi Kenada turned into the hottest place downtown for some time is calling it quits. This is a sad one. Always admired the work of Shane Stark and those amazing Dynamite Shrimp. As much as I enjoyed Kenichi, I don’t think it really ever was able to […]

Umami on Barton Springs Closed

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Closings

As we prepare the final touches for Pizza Wars 2014, it came to my attention that Umami Pizza on Barton Springs closed over four months ago. Sorry for the delayed notice, but I simply hadn’t gone back after a few less-than-stellar tastings when they opened last June. That’s been a tough location (Romeo’s), and Umami’s […]

Paggi House and Garrido’s Close

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Closings

The venerable Paggi House on Riverside, which was first turned into a fine dining restaurant in the late 70’s by Thomas Fleisner, rebuilt by Rick Engle and his partners and then once again by Stuart Thomajan and C.K. Chin, finally closed its doors a few weeks ago. The food was always terrific, but they were […]

The Iconic Bakehouse in South Austin To Close June 15th

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Closings, News

It’s hard to imagine too many restaurants (Hill’s perhaps) that have been more integrally involved with south Austin than the always interesting and iconic Bakehouse on Manchaca near Stassney. Indeed, I can still remember my first bite years ago of one of their famous sausage crisps. But all good things alas must come to an […]

Breaking News: Trento in Westlake Closes to Make Way for a Third Jack Allen’s Kitchen

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Closings, Openings

Always liked Trento, the family operated Italian restaurant in the Davenport area off Highway 360. But owners Frank and Nina Seely were having a tough time making things work financially. So a deal was struck with the Jack Allen’s Kitchen team, and in a few months Jack, Tom and the team will have their first […]

Sobani In Lakeway Closes: Also Upper Decks Downtown

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Closings, Openings

One of my favorite restaurants in Lakeway has bitten the proverbial dust. Sobani, on 620 a few miles east of Lakeway Center, was a terrific little fine dining spot that was a favorite of mine. I guess you could argue bad location, but then how do you explain The Salt Lick and Wink? No, I […]

French Quarter in Round Rock Forced to Close

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Closings, Openings

In yet another example of the rather cavalier attitude with which municipalities treat restaurants, the city of Round Rock has purchased the land on which the French Quarter RR is located, and the building will be demolished to make room for a bridge! Well, at least the Parmer and I-35 French Quarter is alive and […]

Reunion Grille in Cedar Park Announces Closing

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Closings

This came as a bit of a shock to me but Reunion Grille in Cedar Park has announced that they will be closed, at least for the foreseeable future while they redesign the concept and the menus. I was just getting my hands around their newly published lunch, dinner, and brunch menus when the word […]

Waterloo at Shops at Galleria Closes

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Closings

Another casualty at the Shops at the Galleria: Waterloo has closed. The popular local chain took a hit this week with the store adjacent to Mandola’s closing for as yet unspecified reasons. I do know this store was a collaboration between two different ownership groups. Rumor has it that a Fuddrucker’s will replace the closed […]

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