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 […]

Soleil Closes

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Closings

Soleil, a restaurant once full of promise adjacent to the Oasis was padlocked and closed Saturday after a lengthy dispute between the the lessees and lessors could not be satisfactorily resolved. Soleil first opened under the helm of nationally known chef Robert del Grande who later gave way to Colorado’s David Burton Sanchez. But neither […]

Austin’s Ethnic Dining Scene Takes Step Backward with Closing of Karibu

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Closings, Openings

I will miss this little Ethiopian restaurant on East 7th. The food was healthy and tasty and the Injera that bound every dish together was very substantive. Don’t know the reason for the closing but it’s a prime location in uber-hot East Austin and it’s likely someone will quickly grab this place. I just hope […]

Fuddruckers on South Lamar has Closed

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Closings, Openings

After a very long run off South Lamar in the Brodie Oaks Center, Fuddrucker’s, the popular build-your-own-burger restaurant appears has closed. The doors are locked and the signs have come down. And we can’t reach anybody there. Too bad. We always enjoyed the place, particularly when the kids were in school. Luckily the Texican is […]

Cool River Café Closes

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Closings

Got a call this morning from Cool River, the popular steakhouse and night spot on Parmer Lane. I was shocked to learn that they had closed the doors for good this past Saturday night. The landlord had been marketing the property as Cool River’s lease was nearing expiration. Apparently it was difficult to properly run […]

Fran’s on South Congress Closes After Long Run

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Closings

There’s been much talk about the gentrification of South Congress or SoCo. For all the progress, there have been casualties. Austin’s largest food trailer park is about to bite the dust to make way for a luxury hotel (Mighty Cone and Hey Cupcake have already departed). And Fran’s Hamburgers is the latest statistic. They’re closing […]

Rival’s Steakhouse at 5th and Trinity Closes

Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in Closings

After less than a year in operation, Rival’s Steakhouse at East 5th and Trinity has closed. Managing partner Bryan Soltis broke the bad news. And it is very disappointing for downtown. Their chef was closing in on some national exposure and I thought she was very talented. Perhaps we have finally reached the tipping point […]

The Meat House in Westlake Closes

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Closings

It was a store that on paper, should have worked in the high-income market of Westlake. Quality meats with an old fashioned butcher available along with wines and various other goodies. But after a run of a couple of years, the Meat House in Westlake has closed. It was in the infamous strip center at […]

Cannoli Joe’s To Close on January 31st

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Closings

Just received confirmation from the top guys at County Line that their sister restaurant, Cannoli Joe’s is closing this Thursday. The concept was a kind of Italian buffet with the interior resembling a street in an Italian town. However, each food station on the “street” was supported by a cook responsible for that section. Nothing […]

Another Westlake Restaurant Failure: Lion and Rose Closes

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Closings

I don’t know what dark voodoo vibes pervade the HEB shopping center in Westlake at 360 and Bee Caves. But the place has been an ongoing disaster zone for restaurants, both locally-owned and chains, over the past 7-8 years. The latest casualty is the Austin version of the pub grub and grog chain the Lion […]

Suzi’s China Grill to Close for Remodeling

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013 in Closings

Rumors have been swirling that Suzi’s China Grill on Anderson is about to close. That’s true, but it’s only temporary. Please underline temporary! The popular Chinese spot just off Mopac at Anderson is going to close for a facelift. That comes directly from the owner! So don’t dismay, the popular Chinese spot will be back, […]

Mizu in Lakeway to Close on Jan. 1st

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Closings

Sorry to report that Mizu in Lakeway will once again close, this time permanently, on January 1, 2013. The Japanese sushi bar and steakhouse with the gorgeous view had to close earlier this year after an electrical fire. There was considerable confusion surrounding the temporary closing after a For Lease sign went up in front […]

Mesa Ranch Closes

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in Closings

Things are getting a bit dicey in Northwest Hills. First, Mirabelle gave way to Bistro Mirabelle which barely stayed around long enough for a cup of coffee. Now, after looking like it was actually going to hand in there, Mesa Ranch, which had taken over the space from the bizarre Cathy’s Steakhouse, has finally called […]

South Congress Mega Trailer Lot in Jeopardy, Again!

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in Closings

The trailer lot on 1600 South Congress that begins with the Mighty Cone at one end, and ends with the familiar silver Hey Cupcake! trailer at the other end, is in jeopardy once again. Only this time it looks serious. The reason is that a luxury hotel is in the works on the grounds of […]

Maria Maria at 415 Colorado Closes

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Closings

There could have been a variety of reasons behind this closing. Was it the food, or was it once again, the supposedly restaurant-friendly city of Austin that loves to tear up streets for months (even years) at a time? Or was it both? Maria Maria was inspired by the legendary Carlos Santana, and was a […]

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