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Three Austin Restaurant and Food Truck Shutters to Know

African food truck, downtown sandwich shop, and one of the Russell’s Bistros

Rice with plantains and tomato stew from Wasota
Rice with plantains and tomato stew from Wasota
Erin Russell is associate editor of Eater Austin, a native Austinite, and a big fan of carbs.

This summer has been brutal for Austin, both in terms of record-setting temperatures and unfortunate restaurant shutters. On the heels of the Frisco announcing its closure after 65 years, three other restaurants and food trucks have recently gone out of business recently. While there are certainly a lot of new projects coming soon, it’s still sad to see favorite restaurants close.

CENTRAL EAST AUSTIN — Beloved food truck Wasota African Cuisine is closing this month, as posted on Reddit and confirmed by Eater. The restaurant was known for its vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes. The last day of service will be Saturday, July 28, although the owner Lawrence Eguakun is still open to catering orders.

ROSEDALE — Russell’s Bistro, the brunch-friendly coffeeshop and restaurant near Jefferson Square, is now closed as of Tuesday, July 23. Its sister restaurant, Russell’s Bakery & Coffee Bar on Hancock, is still open.

DOWNTOWN — Sandwich shop Planet Sub closed its final Austin location on Congress. According to a posted note, it was unable to keep the restaurant staffed. Planet Sub is a national chain out of Kansas City; the Cedar Park location remains open.