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Sad day here in north Austin

Most of you have probably read in this AM's Austin paper that the owner and operator of Top Notch died suddenly in his sleep. According to the article there is doubt that the place will ever reopen. A really sad day. The place was my standby for burgers in this area. I lived about a mile from it. My condolences to the family.

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  1. Oh no! This is a sad day, indeed.

    1. I'm truly heartbroken. I've been out of town the past few weeks and have had Top Notch on my mind as a first-stop when I get back, and now I see this terribly tragic news. It's like that friend or family member you were planning on calling or visiting and never got around to in time.

      My condolences to the Stanish family -- they warmed the hearts of many, mine included. May he rest in peace with a bounty of onion rings on a bed of burgers.

      http://www.austin360.com/food_drink/c...

        1. re: cstrombe

          My consolences to the family as well. What a shock it must be for them.

          I always had this place on my list, but never made it.

          What was the "special sauce" like?

        2. WOW! that is terrible. I just ate there 3 days ago. it was great as always. They will be very missed.

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          1. re: ieathereforeiam

            So sad. I just read this online and came right over here to see if someone posted.

          2. My kids were really upset to hear about Top Notch. I live in that neighborhood as well and they walk there with friends on the weekends. The Standish family is nothing short of classic, hard working, old-school Austin. We will miss them dearly.