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Tex-Mex Burger Cantina El Sapo Takes Over Old Bacon Spot

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El Chile’s restaurant moves closer to downtown Austin

Fries and a burger from El Sapo
Fries and a burger from El Sapo
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

El Chile Group’s burger and margarita spot El Sapo is leaving its family home on Manor Road for the edge of downtown Austin. The casual restaurant is taking over the former haunt of pig-loving Bacon, which closed up last fall because of "disabling flood problems” on West 10th Street.

El Chile is ready for those potential floods. "All elements were taken into consideration when preparing for this relocation,” said founder Carlos Rivero. “We've taken the proper measures and precautions to prevent or minimize the possibility of flood damage at this location, and are confident the restaurant is being set up for long-term success.” Renovations to the West 10th Street building are currently in progress.

The original El Sapo’s last day will be held on Monday, May 29, after a farewell Memorial Day weekend celebration with burger brunches. Update, June 2: It turns out El Sapo’s last day is actually Sunday, June 5, and the new location will open on Monday, June 5.

El Sapo rose from Flat Top Burger Shop (which was also run by El Chile) three years ago. It’s known for its Tex-Mex-inspired burgers, salads, hot dogs, margaritas, beers, and cocktails.

Rivero oversees El Chile Group with chefs Alma Alcocer and Jeff Martinez. Within its fold are Manor Road Tex-Mex joint El Chile, fast casual Tex Mex spot El Chilito (with locations on Manor Road, East 7th Street, Burnet Road, and eventually, Manchaca Road and Redd Street), South First Mexican seafood-focused Alcomar, and the forthcoming Peruvian restaurant Yuyo, which still doesn’t have a location.

El Sapo

1900 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722 (512) 366-5154 Visit Website

Bacon [CLOSED]

900 W 10th St, Austin, TX 78703 (512) 322-9777 Visit Website

El Sapo [Downtown]

900 West 10th Street, Austin, Texas 78703 Visit Website