Notable Austin seafood spot Garbo’s closed up its original restaurant in Wells Branch ahead of reopening in an entirely new location in North Shoal Creek. Garbo’s last day at 14735 Bratton Lane was on October 12, and it has reopened on 12709 North Mopac Expressway as of Sunday, October 25, with only takeout and curbside pickup services.
Garbo’s is particularly known for its New England-style lobster rolls, the Maine with mayonnaise and celery, and the Connecticut with butter. Rounding out the menu are other seafood and non-seafood dishes, ranging from fish and chips, crab cakes, burgers, and key lime pie.
Owner Heidi Garbo originally intended to relocate the restaurant in April, but the novel coronavirus pandemic delayed those plans. For this new location, she took over the former Opal’s Divine’s Marina space, which closed in 2019.
Garbo started the business as a lobster truck in 2013, and expanded with the physical Wells Branch restaurant in 2014. She added a soft serve ice cream truck, Connor’s Creamery, to her lineup in 2017. Currently, the food trucks are roaming around, popping up throughout the city and taking requests for neighborhood visits.
Before Garbo’s left its Wells Branch home, the restaurant offered up daily specials until that last day, such as a fried lobster BLT, lobster rolls, and fish and chips, available for takeout and curbside pickups only.
Update, October 26, 11:42 a.m.: This article, originally published on October 7, has been updated to reflect the opening status of Garbo’s on North Mopac Expressway.
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