One of the Thompson Austin Hotel’s restaurants, Wax Myrtle’s, is closing at the end of the year in the downtown area. Its last day of service at 506 San Jacinto Boulevard will be on Sunday, December 31, A new to-be-announced restaurant will open in the space in early 2024.
Wax Myrtle’s opened in February 2022, courtesy of Chicago-based restaurant group and creative studio Land and Sea Dept. It originally served Mediterranean food like black-eyed pea falafel and mezzes along with a clubby brunch, but somewhere along the line it transitioned into serving Mexican fare like tacos, nachos, and mariscos. The name Wax Myrtle references a kind of shrub, and the poolside space had lots of plants.
Wax Myrtle’s will still host holiday pop-up Happy’s, an outpost of a bar from Chicago, through Friday, December 22. And on its last day — which happens to be New Year’s Eve — its regular service hours will be from from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. And then it’ll host its end-of-the-year party starting at 9 p.m.
As of now, there is no word yet on what will take over Wax’s space at the Thompson Hotel next year. Nate Hardesty, the managing director of the Thompson Austin, confirmed the shutter to Eater, noting that the hotel is “grateful for our collaboration with Wax Myrtle’s over the past two years” and that they are getting ready to “transition the space into an exciting new concept for the Austin community and our guests to enjoy.”
The Tompson Austin’s other restaurants include Diner Bar and Grey Market, both from James Beard Award-winning chef Mashama Bailey and expansions of her original restaurants in Savannah, Georgia.
In similar hotel restaurant shutters, East Austin hotel the Arrive East shuttered its Goan restaurant Vixen’s Wedding in November.
Update, 1:42 p.m.: This article, originally published at 12:38 p.m., has been updated to include comments by the hotel’s managing director.