Rise Biscuits & Donuts, the North Carolina-based daytime carb-obsessed chain, closed its only Texas restaurant in Austin on 2522 Guadalupe Street. It’s unclear exactly when Rise shuttered near the University of Texas Austin campus, but it seemed to have happened sometime in November or December. There is a “for lease” sign on its window.
Rise made its Austin debut in April with counter-service doughnuts like traditional as well as fancy such as crème brûlée and maple bacon, biscuit sandwiches filled with eggs, bacon, fried chicken, and pimento cheese; and tater tots with cheese.
This Austin location was part of Rise’s mega-ambitious expansion plan, where it wanted to bring its Southern breakfast menu to over 130 locations across ten states, as Eater reported a year ago.
Interestingly enough, Rise’s expansion was helmed by franchise development company Fransmart, which also worked on New York City-based the Halal Guys’ expansion. Halal Guys also closed its only Austin location.