El Burro, the modern Mexican restaurant from Vox Table, is now closed, according to several reliable tipsters. This was confirmed by the restaurant’s Facebook page via Facebook Messenger, where someone wrote, “We tried to stay open as long as possible and are thankful for the patronage from our friends and diners alike.” A call to the restaurant led to the nondescript voicemail.
El Burro opened in December. Chronicle was not impressed with its visits to the restaurant, leading critic Brandon Watson to question why it even existed. The restaurant space in Lamar Union isn’t staying in the Vox Table family.
There was a scuffle between El Burro and Burro Cheese Kitchen, the grilled cheese truck. Burro Cheese Kitchen owner Justin Burrows sent El Burro/Vox Table owner Vincent Manguino a cease and desist over the similar name, before the Mexican restaurant opened. One of El Burro's partners, who remained unnamed, refused to budge, because the name was inspired by his efforts to support and bring awareness to Nubian asses, the domesticated donkeys.
Burrows alleged that El Burro had a person wearing a donkey head holding a sign stating "No cheese! Save the donkey" in front of the South Congress truck. He filed a temporary restraining order, but the matter was never settled.
This is the second Lamar Union restaurant to shutter. Cantine, the Italian cafe from the owners of Asti, closed in May. Its space will be turned into a new sushi and Japanese spot from Cedar Park's Soto.