Hut’s Hamburgers, the longtime downtown Austin restaurant, is closing. Its last day on 807 West 6th Street will take place on Sunday, October 20. However, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport location of Hut’s, which debuted in January 2019, will remain open.
The original Hut’s Hamburgers opened in 1939 on South Congress before it moved to West 6th Street in 1969. Current owners Mike and Kim Hutchinson took over in 1981. It’s known for its burgers, fries, onion rings, and milkshakes. Actor Ethan Hawke is a fan, too.
“We are ready to move in a different direction,” said co-owner Mike Hutchinson in a statement, indicating that it was not a landlord dispute, but it was just time to close. Next-door neighbor Favorite Liquor & Wine shop is also closing at the end of the year.
The family that owns the properties, the Joseph family, will work with another local restaurateur for the space, though the restaurant wasn’t named in the release just yet.
The Hutchinsons also closed their other nearby Italian restaurant Frank & Angie’s in November 2018 because of lack of “general affordability.”
There were also rumors of a new residential tower at the address of 506 and 508 West Avenue (which contain Hut’s, Favorite Liquor & Wine shop, the former Frank & Angie’s, and Irene’s), according to real estate blog Towers and Curbed Austin, but nothing has been confirmed.