Typically, at the end of the year, restaurant and food truck owners decide it’s time to shutter their businesses, whether it’s declining to renew a lease or a need for a change. The end of 2023 in Austin was no exception, with two notable closures: an El Paso-imported vegan Mexican truck and a sprawling American restaurant in East Austin.
Tillery Kitchen and Bar — The American restaurant with a huge backyard and spot-on views of the Colorado River in East Austin closed on Sunday, December 10. The Instagram announcement post noted that “with great sadness” co-owners co-owners and son-and-father Daniel Keshvari and Keivan Keshvari “made the decision to close.” The restaurant opened in January 2017. (3201 East Cesar Chavez Street, Govalle)
Lick It Up — The El Paso-based food truck serving up vegan Mexican dishes closed its Austin location at the Lost Well bar on Sunday, December 31. Owner and chef Edgar Delfin opened the Austin expansion in August 2020 at Spider House Cafe (that host site has since closed) and expanded onto Rainey Street in November 2020. It consolidated with one truck that opened at Lost Well in November 2021. The El Paso restaurant location remains operational. (2421 Webberville Road, East Austin)