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Tiny Bougie East Austin Grocery The Wet Whistle Shutters Due to Rent Hike

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The Wet Whistle at MLK & Chicon will close tomorrow, October 7, but hopes to return in a new location.

The Wet Whistle
The Wet Whistle
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Boutique bodega The Wet Whistle will shutter on Tuesday, according to The Statesman. Owner Jon Lawrence blames the closure on a rent hike and "absentee landlord," and he hopes to reopen in another location. The surprise shutter comes on the heels of an unsuccessful crowdfunding campaign to make improvements to the store.