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Jun 1, 2009 11:12 AM

R I P part II

and it's a big one:

Gene's New Orleans has closed.

I guess the downhill slide careened out of control til the business lost viability. Recent visits for the chicken wings found me wondering what happened to the quality?

This post is open for other restaurant closings as well.

RIP part one had started to get unwieldy

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  1. Just read that Rudy Mikeska's in Taylor has shuttered.Any Taylor hounds out there that can verify?

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    1. re: scrumptiouschef

      Just off the phone with the Mikeska's. Rudy's closed Taylor but they've sunk $2.5 million into Clem's place in Temple.

      1. re: Kaya_n_Austin

        We live in Temple. The new Clem's isn't too bad. And is definitely better than the old Clem's. We like their sausage especially.

    2. Nino's Pizza at 183 and Lake Creek has sadly closed. That is a shame... they were one of the better places to get a great New York pie up in these parts. Best of luck to the owner... he's a really nice guy.

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      1. re: jwynne2000

        I loved Nino's and posted many times about it hoping to help with the business. We found out a week or two ago about this and it makes me sad. I do wish the owner much success in his next venture, it just seems that perhaps the location wasn't a good one... the restaurant on the corner, which I don't care for, Los Reyes, has been several different restaurants over the years.

        1. re: Rene

          Our lunch crew tried to go to Nino's last week, and we were sadly disappointed that they were closed. We were craving pizza - so we were sort of dumbstruck. Ended up at Reale's, but it wasn't the same. Wish I'd gone more often...

          1. re: rudeboy

            There's a great sign on the front of a restaurant in,I believe, Mississippi "Eat here or we both starve".

            Let's get by a little joint this week that needs the dough and write about it.Maybe a place you've never been? Or a place you've never seen on the board?

            1. re: scrumptiouschef

              inspired by this post, i went to dripping springs where the family rests to try this place called creek road cafe a little past the intersection of ranch road 12 and 290. i highly recommend this place. while it looks fancy on the inside, the waiting staff was laidback and attentive (something that as a regular patron of mexican/asian restaurants, i do not pay much attention to, but it was nice anyways). i had the soup du jour which was clam chowder with a southwestern kick to it (chiles and whatnot, i wolfed that stuff down in a hurry) and a bacon and blue cheese burger which was also excellent. my younger brother had a plain caesar salad so not much else to report on, but it seems the place gets good reviews. there were a few people going in and out while we were there, so it definitely has the support of the locals. probably one of the best restaurants in dripping springs (not that theres much competition).

      2. According to a statesman blog both Taste and Gypsy at close. Not surprised by either. At Gypsy we had our worst meal ever in Austin and the two times at Taste were not inspiring--plus their location though downtown was not on the beaten path.

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        1. re: Carter B.

          Darn, guess I waited to long (debatable?) to use my Gypsy certificate from

          1. re: Lixer

            Email from the "contact us" tab on their website and you will get a replacement gift certificate to any other restaurant in their program.

        2. One of the mighty oaks of Austin Barbecue has fallen.Pulled up to Lewis this afternoon to grab a pound of brisket only to discover they've shuttered.

          Big plastic banner up saying "Danny's Barbecue Coming Soon"

          I spent many a nice afternoon sitting on the big wooden pic-nic table out front of Lewis eating deliciously fatty brisket.

          A thought;Go out tonight and grab a pound of brisket from your favorite mom and pop.You may not have that luxury next week.

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          1. re: scrumptiouschef

            In this case, it wasn't a lack of business but open heart surgery that shut the place down.
            I talked to the guys serving Bar-B-Q there yesterday - they're renting a trailer space from Lewis (who was in the back of the building recuperating from said surgery). They plan on starting out serving from the trailer and work up enough funds to move into the pink house. There were a few people who stopped by and refused to eat Danny's Que, saying they loved Lewis's and nothing else will do – Danny and his buddy just shrugged their shoulders and said “OK, come back if you feel different”.
            I picked up three combo sandwiches while I was chatting with ‘em. They do still have several kinks to work out – the sausage in mine was burnt and rock hard, but the brisket was juicy with a nice smoke to it. One sandwich was missing the sausage entirely (not a big deal in this case) and they all had pickles even I asked for onions only. I think that it was new place jitters and fully expect them to get their act down.
            The new guys were nice enough, but I sure miss the two hard working ladies that served me all those combo sandwiches through the years. Wonder what they are up to these days? I wish them all the best, and hope to run into them again soon.

            1. re: Alan Sudo

              alan sudo
              Thanks for all the followup information on Lewis closure

            2. re: scrumptiouschef

              Okay, you've stumped me. I tried a quick search, but I just don't have the energy to dig further. What is Lewis?

              1. re: angusb

                I searched "lewis" in the search box above and came up with this:


                It was an old timey barbecue joint with a walk up window on East MLK.A half pound of good,charred and fatty brisket was under 5 bucks.The nice ladies would throw in some Texas sweet onion and pickles gratis.The neighborhood was always entertaining with plenty hustlers and a hustler-ettes strolling around on the make.I mistakenly thought they'd closed for lack of business but Sudo above explains that the closure was due to health issues.It's still sad to see one of the old guard shut down no matter what the reason.I'm heading over to Willie's tomorrow to beef up their coffers.We can't afford to lose good,family run barbecue while the corporations that run places like Rudy's are lighting up cigars with hundred dollar bills.

                1. re: scrumptiouschef

                  yeah i stopped by willies a couple days ago. he said business was slow but i was like 'yeah but at least yall still got the place.' didnt know lewiss was shut down. rip!

            3. The Tea House (combo viet-chinese place) on 183 near Anderson Mill has shuttered.

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              1. re: jwynne2000

                Sorry, I thought that was old news. They've been shut for over a month. Sadly!
                I loved that place.