After 27 years in business, Oak Hill staple Austin Pizza Garden is closing. Its last day at 6266 U.S. 290 will be Sunday, January 17.
Austin Pizza Garden opened in 1994 in the historic James A. Patton building, a rustic rock building that opened as a general store back in 1898. Austin Pizza Garden was a distinctive landmark on the way out of Austin on 290, and was known as a friendly place for its signature pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and local draft beers, as well as its large outdoor patio.
An employee of Austin Pizza Garden told Eater that the closure was due to diminished sales during the COVID-19 pandemic, joining the dozens of restaurants in Austin and over 10,000 across the state that have closed for the same reason. He also shared there is a possibility that the restaurant would reopen in a new location.
The historic Patton building is owned by James White of honky tonk bar Broken Spoke who is James A. Patton’s great-great grandson (James A. Patton was a Texas Ranger in the 1870s who became a community leader in Oak Hill). The building has served many purposes over the years including a steakhouse, a masonic lodge and an art gallery, according to Community Impact. It was designated a historical landmark in 1970 (and may or may not be haunted). There’s no word on what will replace Austin Pizza Garden in the building.
Until the restaurant closes, the restaurant’s menu will be available for online ordering or delivery through DoorDash.