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Iconic Austin Tex-Mex Chain Trudy’s Goes Up for Auction

Plus, two more temporary restaurant closures due to COVID-19, and more news

Red sign that says Trudy’s with blue sky background
The Trudy’s sign
Erin Russell is associate editor of Eater Austin, a native Austinite, and a big fan of carbs.

Tex-Mex chain Trudy’s goes up to auction
After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January, all the assets of Tex-Mex chain Trudy’s will go up for court-ordered auction on July 10. The sale includes the three open locations of Trudy’s, which opened in 1977, as well as sibling restaurant South Congress Cafe. According to the Trudy’s attorney, there are local and national bidders interested.

GoFundMe for Tigress Owner
After televised interview where she lamented her ability to pay her personal bills, a GoFundMe has been started for Pam Pritchard, the owner of tiny North Loop bar Tigress. Pritchard secured a small business loan and thus will be able to keep Tigress open, but has struggled with personal expenses, which are not covered.

Bar Employees Protest at the Capitol
With signs that said “All bar lives matter,” a group of dozens of bar employees from across the state gathered at the Capitol yesterday to protest Governor Abbott closing bars in Texas. As reported by KXAN, the protesters felt the shutter was unfair and called for bars to defy the governor’s orders and reopen, as Texas climbs to the state with the fifth highest number of COVID-19 cases. Notably present was Austin Talley, of West Sixth bar Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, which had its liquor license suspended last week for not following COVID-19 protection measures.

Another restaurant closure due to an employee with COVID-19
Asian-Mexican fusion restaurant The Peached Tortilla is currently closed for a deep clean after a non-customer-facing staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The rest of the staff is also getting tested, and will reopen after that happens, which could be as early as this week. Additionally, Westlake Mexican restaurant Las Palomas closed for two weeks starting June 26 for a deep cleaning after a staff member texted positive.

Trudy's Texas Star

409 West 30th Street, , TX 78705 (512) 477-2935 Visit Website

Las Palomas

3201 Bee Cave Road, , TX 78746 (512) 327-9889 Visit Website

The Peached Tortilla

5520 Burnet Road, , TX 78756 (512) 330-4439 Visit Website

The Tigress Pub

100 West North Loop Boulevard, , TX 78751 (512) 600-3232 Visit Website