Bacon, the restaurant that is obsessed with all things-pig, is now closed on West 10th Street off North Lamar Owner Jed Taylor told Eater the five-year-old spot’s last day was yesterday, Sunday, October 17.
The shutter is due to "disabling flood problems" from the nearby Shoal Creek whenever heavy rains come into Austin, like on Memorial Day in 2015. Taylor does plan on relocating the porky joint to a new location, to be announced later. Read on for his full letter.
Taylor opened Bacon on September 9, 2011. It also won Eater's So Hot Right Now award later that year. Opening chef Tyler Johnson (formerly of Hugo's Restaurant) left in 2012 to join Micheladas Cantina y Cafe and now can be found at deli-focused Delicious. Actor Kevin Bacon even visited the restaurant once in 2014, perhaps drawn the appealing name.
It is with a heavy heart that after 5 years of great bacon, delicious beers, wonderful people, fun times, hard work, ups and downs, the owners of Bacon have decided it’s time to move on to the next location. After years of disabling flood problems, it is time to give Bacon the opportunity to focus on better facilities and a chance to really serve Austin more bacon. This has been a very difficult and emotional decision and we are so sad to say goodbye, but a healthy restaurant takes priority.
Thank you to all of our customers. We loved taking care of you, and thank you for taking care of us too. Bacon was the site of first dates, marriage proposals, graduation celebrations, wedding rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, epic parties, live music, Sunday brunch with friends, and many other completely routine and sometimes totally extraordinary moments. Bacon was comforting. Bacon was a welcoming and a smiling face. Bacon was home.
There are no words that clearly express the love and gratitude we feel for our staff that worked so hard to keep the vision alive. Restaurant work is not easy. It takes commitment, thick skin, and a really good sense of humor. It is so rare to find such a dedicated, hardworking, and friendly staff anywhere. We became a family. You took care of each other. We are so grateful for the love and tremendous efforts by our amazing staff. We wish everyone the best of luck in whatever path they chose in their future and look forward to lifelong friendships with you.
Thank you for 5 wonderful years, stay tuned for the next months for our next Bacon venture.
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