December has been seeing a lot of food-related business shutters, and there’s been two sudden closures this week: a ghost kitchen hub and an East Austin restaurant and bar.
First, there’s ghost kitchen company Kitchen United, which closed its Austin location as well as all of its other locations across the country, as of December. It was located on 8023 Burnet Road in the Wooten neighborhood.
The company had announced it was opening in Austin in 2019. It finally opened in May 2020, during the pandemic, a time when ghost kitchens became the trend as customers turned to takeout/delivery services. Since its debut, different chain and independent restaurants have operated out of the space and left at various times, including Tex-Mex restaurant Eldorado Cafe, Korean restaurant Seoulju, Ramen 512, Bao’d Up, Juliet, Dog Haus, etc. At the time of its closure, shutter, Hawaiian Bros Island Grill and Fuddruckers were still there.
Austin Business Journal reports that a different ghost kitchen company, ChefSuite, will be taking over the space.
And then, EastSide ATX — formerly Eastside Tavern — seems to have suddenly shuttered without any notice sometime in December, per Reddit. Its website and Instagram account don’t exist anymore, and Google flags the business as permanently closed. Its Facebook page does, but it hasn’t been active since March.
The 1510 East Cesar Chavez Street restaurant opened as Eastside Tavern in 2016. It was originally supposed to be called Rustic East, but changed the name because of a cease-and-desist from a similarly named Dallas restaurant).
Seafood truck relocation
Mexican seafood truck El Marisquero moved from its East Cesar Chavez neighborhood location off I-35 into the Westgate neighborhood down in South Austin as of December 6. Its new address is 2056 West Stassney Lane, and there are outdoor dine-in tables available.
Downtown cafe reopening
South Lamar coffee shop Patika reopened its downtown Austin cafe in early December. It’s back within the lobby of the 100 Congress Avenue building as of December 4. The cafe serves up coffee, espresso drinks, teas, breakfasts, sandwiches, and salads. Takeout orders can be placed online or in person. Its hours are from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays.
Tracking Austin food events
Chestnut New American wine restaurant Birdie’s is bringing back its French pop-up this month. Bistro Remy’s will feature a $72 prix fixe menu with dishes like beef bourguignon and apple galette. There will also be add-on dishes. It runs from Tuesday, December 12 through Saturday, December 16 and then again from Tuesday, December 19 through Saturday, December 23.
Austin burger company shake-up
The CEO of Austin-based chain restaurant P. Terry’s, Todd Coerver, has left the company, as he posted on social media site X, formerly called Twitter, on December 9. He had started with P. Terry’s in 2019, overseeing the restaurant’s expansion throughout the Austin area and new locations in San Marcos with Houston goals too.