“Being confined to such a small space didn’t allow us to recreate the entire Easy Tiger experience you’d find at other locations,” said Easy Tiger founder Bob Gillett in a statement. “By the end, we were essentially functioning as just a coffee shop at Fareground, but we offer and excel in so much more than that.”
With that sentiment, the stall shuttered to “focus on growing the bake shop and beer garden operation,” which had started back when Easy broke off from its parent company ELM Restaurant Group (which also runs Fareground) back in February 2018.
Easy Tiger’s Fareground replacement was announced today as well: an Israeli restaurant from food truck Hummus Among Us chef and owner Berty Richter, which will open the day before South by Southwest begins in March.
This isn’t the first Fareground restaurant to shutter. Antonelli’s Cheese Shop closed down its shop and cafe operation at the end of last year. It was replaced by ELM’s Italian restaurant Italic in February.
Easy finally opened up the Linc location of the bakery/beer garden last December. The original Easy opened on East Sixth Street in 2012, and there’s an outlet up in Whole Foods 364 up in Cedar Park. Fareground opened in January 2018.
This article has been updated with the name of the new restaurant replacing Easy Tiger at Fareground.