Now-shuttered Magnolia Cafe on 2304 Lake Austin Boulevard is being turned into the third location of hot chicken restaurant Tumble 22, as reported by Austin 360. The revamped restaurant is found on 2304 Lake Austin Boulevard in the West Austin area, with takeout, curbside pickups, and dine-in service as of July 16.
The owners of Magnolia Cafe West decided to close permanently in mid-April because of the novel coronavirus pandemic: “In the face of such a huge hit with the reality of COVID-19 and the incredible uncertainty,” noted the restaurant’s Facebook post, “we’ve had to confront the fact that this location will not survive.”
Soon after Magnolia’s shutter was announced, Tumble 22 co-partners Larry Foles and chef Harold Marmulstein took over the restaurant’s lease. There will be “minor updates” to the space, according to Austin 360.
Magnolia Cafe’s South Congress location had remained closed during the earlier portion of the pandemic, but it has since reopened for curbside pickups, dine-in, and Favor delivery services.
Magnolia Cafe West opened in 1979 originally as a second location of breakfast diner The Omelettry. It became Magnolia Cafe in 1986 after a partner shuffle. The South Congress location opened in 1988.
Tumble 22 first opened as a food truck in 2017, followed by restaurants on Burnet Road in 2018 and Cedar Park in April 2020. The truck closed in 2019 and briefly reopened at Marmulstein’s other restaurant Salty Sow to serve takeout food in April, but is shuttered for now. The three locations are open for takeout orders, and the Burnet Road also reopened its dining room and patio for dine-in service.
Update, August 13: This article, originally published on May 29, has been updated to reflect the opening of Tumble 22 on Lake Austin Boulevard.