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A Running List of Austin Restaurant Closures in 2022

Simi Estiatorio, Central Standard, Way South Philly, and others

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Central Standard.
Travis Hallmark

This is a running roundup of every permanent restaurant, food truck, and bar closure throughout the Austin area in 2022 so far. See a closing that we missed? Let us know over at austin@eater.com

October 2022

Adelbert’s Brewery: Though it’s a ways away, the 11-year-old Belgian-style microbrewery announced in April that it would be permanently closing in October. Its last day of service will be on Halloween, October 31. The building will be demolished for an eventual office building, and the team doesn’t plan on relocating the brewery operations at this time. (2314 Rutland Drive, Suite 100, North Burnet).

April 2022

Way South Philly: The sandwich shop — known for its Philly cheesesteaks since it opened originally has a food truck in 2011 — closed up in late April. Owner William Pearce pointed to the restaurant being constantly short-staffed and the rising costs of items as to why he decided it was “just time for WSP to close its doors,” as he told Eater. (5222 Burnet Road, Allandale)

Central Standard: One of the South Congress Hotel’s original restaurants, which focused on New American fare since it opened in late 2015, closed in early April. But the space is being put to good use: it’s now home to a new restaurant courtesy of the hotel’s operating company New Waterloo and the group behind Southern restaurant Olamaie: American restaurant Maie Day, which opened this month. (1603 South Congress Avenue, Travis Heights)

The Brass Tap: The sole Austin location of the national beer bar chain closed in mid-April because its lease was ended. There are plans to reopen somewhere else in Austin eventually. (10910 Domain Drive, Domain)

March 2022

Simi Estiatorio: The less-than-a-year-old downtown Greek restaurant closed suddenly after a whole lot of issues involving allegedly bounced paychecks for staffers, problems paying vendors, and an eviction. (601 Congress Avenue, Downtown)

The Container Bar: Due to the construction of high-rise development, Bridget Dunlap’s quirky bar made up of shipping containers closed after South by Southwest. However, Dunlap is set to operate a basement bar in the forthcoming project when it opens in 2024. (90 Rainey Street, Downtown)

Bungalow: Because of the same impending development as the Container Bar (see above), Jason Steward’s bar also closed, and there are no relocation plans. (92 Rainey Street, Downtown)

Luke’s Inside Out: The important Austin food truck known for its sandwiches and stellar burger closed after 10 years of service. (1109 South Lamar Boulevard, Zilker)

El Mercado: The downtown location of the Austin Tex-Mex mini-chain, which had opened in 1993, closed because of pandemic-related impacts. (1702 Lavaca Street, Downtown)

Machine Head Coffee: The coffee shop closed in late March, since owner Nolan Green is moving to the East Coast. (1701 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Blackland)

February 2022

La Mexicana: The longtime Mexican bakery closed after 32 years of service because founder and owner Jesus Martinez Becerra Sr. retired. La Mexicana had dished up all sorts of baked goods and desserts, from tortillas to tres leches cakes, alongside tacos and tortas. In the Before Times, it had operated 24/7, but shortened those hours due to the pandemic. (1924 South First Street, Bouldin Creek)

Tom’s: The shoe company’s Austin cafe and store closed in mid-February. It had been the brand’s only location with the whole coffee shop aspect. (1401 South Congress Avenue, Travis Heights)

January 2022

Cho Sushi Fusion: The Japanese restaurant shuttered its Lakeway location in January, as reported by Community Impact. According to the website, it was because of “some disagreements with our landlord.” The Steiner Ranch restaurant is still open. (2422 Ranch Road 620 South, Lakeway)

Mission Dogs: The restaurant — known for its hot dogs wrapped in bacon — closed down earlier this year. On Instagram, owner Mike Farley cited higher costs and shortages of ingredients and supplies, coupled with increasing rent and operating with a very small staff. There are still plans to keep the mobile cart open for roaming/events/catering purposes. (1701 East Cesar Chavez Street, East Austin)

Spider House Cafe: Though longtime campus hang technically closed down its doors in March 2020, the permanence of that shutter was confirmed in January by Austin 360. The space opened in 1995, featuring a cafe, bar, and a bunch of food trucks. The now-vacant space will turn into a new bar-ish space run by people from Hotel Vegas, Yellow Jacket Social Club, and Kinda Tropical. (2908 Fruth Street, North Campus)

Winebelly: The South Austin wine bar closed in January, but no specific reason was given as to why. It opened in 2013 and had been serving a menu from chef and business partner Camden Stuerzenberger. (519 West Oltorf Street, Dawson)

Italic: Another one of those potentially-temporary-shutters-from-the-beginning-of-the-pandemic-turned-permanent, the Italian restaurant confirmed its forever-closure this January. The space will become the new home for Fort Worth import Lonesome Dove, which left its original location on Colorado Street. (123 West Sixth Street, Downtown)

Update, May 11, 2022: This article, originally published on February 17, 2022, has been updated to include additional restaurant and food truck closures.

Spider House

2908 Fruth Street, Austin, Texas 78705 (512) 480-9562 Visit Website

The Container Bar

90 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 494-4120 Visit Website

Machine Head Coffee

1701 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, , TX 78702 (512) 537-4221 Visit Website

Adelbert's Brewery

2314 Rutland Drive, , TX 78758 (512) 662-1462 Visit Website

Winebelly

519 West Oltorf Street, , TX 78704 (512) 487-1569 Visit Website

The Brass Tap

204 E Main St, Round Rock, TX 78664 (512) 341-2337 Visit Website

El Mercado

1302 South 1st Street, , TX 78704 (512) 447-7445 Visit Website

Bungalow

92 Rainey Street, , TX 78701 (512) 363-5475 Visit Website

Luke's Inside Out

1109 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 589-8883 Visit Website

Mission Dogs

1701 East Cesar Chavez Street, , TX 78702 Visit Website

Way South Philly

5222 Burnet Road, , TX 78756 (512) 344-9922 Visit Website

La Mexicana Bakery

1924 South 1st Street, , TX 78704 (512) 443-6369 Visit Website

Simi Estiatorio

601 Congress Avenue, , TX 78701 (512) 886-0999 Visit Website

Italic

123 West 6th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 660-5390 Visit Website

Central Standard

1603 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 942-0823 Visit Website

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