In 2016, 61 Austin restaurants, bars, and food trucks closed up, with a majority taking place over the summer.
The very first shutter of the year was the East 7th’s upscale French restaurant LaV. The rest of the year brought along the departures of longtime institutions such as Tex-Mex mainstay El Azteca, South Congress anchors Snack Bar, Doc’s Motorworks Bar & Grill, and Opal Divine’s Penn Field. Then there were major restaurant closings and switcheroos, like Contigo’s vegetable haven Gardner (replaced with the more comfort foods-focused Chicon) and chef Paul Qui’s namesake flagship (which will turn into a new Japanese eatery in the new year). Austin also said farewell to Micklethwait Craft Meats’ short-lived deli truck Romanouskas and Neapolitan pizza trailer 40 North. A recent addition includes Republic of Sandwich, which shuttered in mid-December; La Crawfish last fall; salad-focused GreenGos; and Verts’ South Lamar location.
Eater has been keeping track of Austin’s closures throughout the year. We paid tribute to the saddest of these shutters, and friends shared their most-missed restaurants.
Everything below is listed in alphabetical order. We’ve marked the bigger shutters in bold. Is there a shutter missing? Let Eater know through the tipline or pop into the comments below.
416 Bar & Grille
Doc's Motorworks Bar & Grill
East Side Fillin’ Station
East Side King [at Four Horseman]
East Side King Thai Kun [at Steampunk Saloon]
East Side Showroom
El Arroyo [in Far West Austin]
EZ's Brick and Oven
Finn & Porter
Fork & Vine
Iron Cactus [in Bee Cave]
Jasper's [in Domain]
Kin & Comfort
Kyoten [on East 6th Street]
Midway Field House
Opal Divine's Penn Field
Patika’s Coffee Cart [in downtown]
Rainey Street Food Court
Red Mango [on South Lamar]
Republic of Sandwich
Rio Rita [on East 6th Street]
Schmidt Family Barbecue [in Lakeway]
Toastie’s Sub Shop [on South Lamar]
Verts [on South Lamar]
World of Beers
This post has been updated to reflect a recent shutter.