Local coffee mini-chain Austin Java has closed three of its four locations: in Dripping Springs, in the downtown area at Austin City Hall, and at the Met Center in far east Austin. The one remaining location is at 5404 Menchaca Road in the Westgate neighborhood.
Austin Java, known for typical cafe fare like coffee drinks, pastries, and sandwiches, announced the closure of three locations on social media, stating that it had been “a rough few months” for the coffee shop. The post also mentioned hopes to reopen in new locations post-COVID-19.
This news may come as a surprise, as the coffee chain had big expansion plans three years ago when it announced four new locations throughout the city. Austin Java opened its sixth location, in the cell phone lot of the airport, just last year. It’s unclear if this location has closed, but it isn’t listed on the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport website nor the restaurant’s website.
The original location of Austin Java opened in 1995 on Parkway Street off North Lamar. That location closed in 2017 to open the four new locations. It also notably held a spot on Barton Springs Road, currently home to the second location of Ski Shores, for over 20 years before closing in 2018, as well as various stalls at the Austin airport.