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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 Restaurant.com.

          1. re: Lixer

            Email restaurants.com 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:

                http://search.chow.com/search?query=l...

                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.

              2. Ponce's Patio appears to be closed and the space (behind Las Cazuelas) for rent. ¡Que lastima! I will miss the pupusas and tamales.

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                1. re: storefronteats

                  http://austinist.com/2009/10/14/food_...

                  When was the last time you went to Grapevine Market? Might better get by there soon as they're just about done.

                  1. re: scrumptiouschef

                    Used to be my go-to place, I last went about "just after" the time the original owners sold. Prices went up, service was still ok but not as down home. Just a different feeling in the store entirely. Could I be wrong?

                    Never been to Specs.

                    1. re: rudeboy

                      The arrival of Spec's a couple of exits up the road was a dagger to the heart of a place like Grapevine. Sorry to hear they're going out of business. I was just there on Saturday picking up a sixer of Freestyle Wheat.

                      1. re: jwynne2000

                        This sucks. I loved to go to their Saturday wine tastings and grab my favorite of the five or six that they put out. And they had the best beer selection, especially concerning the singles.

                        What's the best alternative up North for their beer selection? I went into Spec's once and hated the warehouse feel of the place.

                    2. re: scrumptiouschef

                      Nooooooo! I love their sandwiches. This stinks.

                      1. re: amysuehere

                        I assume this thread is about the Grapevine market in Austin ... there is also one in Round Rock and I called them yesterday to special order something and they did not sound likethey wer shutting down (ie, they took my special order for Lychee Sake !!)

                        1. re: judiftx1

                          Yes.From the first paragraph of the article:

                          A store employee confirmed by phone that the Anderson Lane location intends to shutter by December 15, with some in-store discounts beginning as early as next week to close out their inventory.

                      2. re: scrumptiouschef

                        I went by Grapevine Mkt. today as i heard there were deals to be found. Liquor was 25% off, but was really picked over, mostly just a little of the high end stuff and the rotgut.
                        Wine and beer were picked over even more. I can't remember the discount on beer and wine. It was either 10 or 15%.

                    3. Drove by Burger House on Spicewood Springs on Saturday and it appeared closed. A cover over the sign, and lights out on a Sat early evening are not a good sign. Anyone confirm?

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                      Burger House
                      4211 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78759

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                      1. re: ktwdw129

                        ohhh, is hubbers going to grieve....

                        1. re: ktwdw129

                          I called and the number is not working, and the corporate website does not list an Austin location.

                          The one time I went I was not that impressed. I'm not a big fan of seasoning salt.

                          1. re: cstrombe

                            My husband goes ga-ga over their fries. I didn't think they were anything special, but better than Wallie's. What made me like them was that I could bring a can of green chile in and they'd grill it with onions for my burger.

                          2. re: ktwdw129

                            Sent them an email. Response:

                            With great saddens the Austin has closed. Our Austin Franchisee ran into some tough times and could not stay open. We will have a new franchisee in place soon and will let you know our plans as soon as we can. Thanks for your loyal support. Burger House.

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                            Burger House
                            4211 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78759

                          3. Still mourning NuAge Cafe.

                            And I'm not vegetarian.

                            Anybody know where I can find some of their recipes??

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                            1. re: conquer

                              I am so with you on that. I loved that place so much. I also loved West Lynn Cafe (I know it's been gone for ages) and I'm no vegetarian either!

                              1. re: amykragan

                                Taps seems to be open again. I drove by this week and the lights were on with people inside. I didn't get close enough to see if any signs were posted but I'll try to check it out this weekend.

                                1. re: ssouth

                                  Yes, they have reopened. I believe the name will change to the Tap Room. We stopped by a couple of weekends ago to check it out. The owner and the bartender both seemed entertaining. It was a nice stop on the way home from working.

                              2. Baby Greens, the drive-thru salad place, has closed all of their locations.

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                                1. re: brentwood

                                  Oh noes! I drove by around 7PM on Wednesday to get a salad and they were closed. I thought maybe they just closed early, I didn't realize it was for good. That makes me sad, I loved the chicken cobb with blue cheese dressing. Boo.

                                2. I know it may sound cold, and I know that there can be extenuating circumstances, but with as much restaurant business as there is in Austin there are very few reasons for a restaurant to fail other than poor location or bad management. Austin is the most eating out city I have ever seen, recession or no. People in this city simply are not going to stop going out.

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                                  1. re: danny_w

                                    i'm a single 30-something and i am still going out despite the big "e", but i am a lot more frugal and judicious-- happy hours, deals, restaurant.com, you name it.

                                    luckily, i haven't had a favorite place close down yet, knock on wood.

                                    1. re: dinaofdoom

                                      I read in the Chronicle that for every 1 restaurant to close this year 7 have opened. Are we getting saturated? Only time will tell but my guess is we will be seeing a lot more on the RIP list in the coming year. So support your favs while you can.

                                  2. Exotic Thai at Braker and Lamar has changed ownership and is now Sushi Den.

                                    1. Yu Sushi Izagaya on Colorado is indeed gone. Too intimidating from the street with terrible marketing is my guesses for why as I found our couple of visits to be quite good.

                                      1. Crews are removing the signs from the Antonio's location at I-35 and 183.

                                        I'm guessing it's not because they're getting new signs.

                                        1. Dimassi's at Mopac and William Cannon seems to have closed this week. The one on 183 is still open.

                                          1. I saw in the Statesman today that Ski Shores is closing. I will miss this place.

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                                            1. re: TroyTempest

                                              I just googled for more info and saw this: http://www.yelp.com/topic/austin-ski-...

                                              I'm glad for this news!

                                              1. re: Rene

                                                I was driving around a while back just exploring around my new place and drove to Ski Shores but it was deserted and looked quite dead. Good to hear that it will be returning.

                                                1. re: Rene

                                                  Phew! I heard about the closing yesterday and a part of me died. I live at 2222/360 and it's a regular go-to place for us when the weather permits. It's one of the only strong-holds of "Old Austin" left. I promise to do my part when they open by visiting often.

                                                  1. re: amysuehere

                                                    Another article in the Statesman yesterday. Ski Shores is definitely gone. But the space has been leased for another restaurant; no details on what kind.

                                                  2. re: Rene

                                                    I'm holding my breath that the new tenant won't try to fancy the place up with waitstaff and higher prices.
                                                    A little more beer selection wouldn't hurt, though.

                                                    1. re: TroyTempest

                                                      Wholeheartedly agreed! Please don't "californicate" this place. I'm so sick of everyone trying to fancy up the grub. Keep it simple and cheap and we old Austinites will reward you by coming back again and again.

                                                2. Primize on the east side has closed. I enjoyed their pastas. I guess others didn't.

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                                                  1. re: Carter B.

                                                    I think it was more a matter of their landlord not budging on the lease, despite the fact that the development was to have more tenants. There's an informative statement on Primizie's front page on their website. They're keeping their catering business alive, tho.

                                                    1. re: bookgrrl72

                                                      damn, i really liked this place. went to it for restaurant week a year ago, it was great. wish they would relocate.

                                                    2. re: Carter B.

                                                      that sucks, I just got 2 gift certificates there for Christmas! damn it

                                                      1. re: amykragan

                                                        Maybe you could redeem them for a catering order?

                                                        1. re: amykragan

                                                          I am sort of wondering if Primizie will honor those gift certificates in any way. Or if anyone had booked their New Year's eve dinner (did it happen? I'd considered it). Having been jilted out of a gift card at Barbecues Galore after their bankruptcy, despite the fact the stores remained open, really really upset me. I mean it is one thing to go out of business and disappear, and quite another thing to just continue on in some other form and stick it to the very people you expect to patronize your business. Sorry. End of rant.

                                                          Anyway I'm going to miss them. I really liked the place. And although maybe it hasn't going perfectly for everyone, I like the changes that have me coming to the East Side more often and not just to the East Side Cafe. Best of luck, as long as they pay Amy.

                                                          1. re: tummoi

                                                            If the certificates are from restaurant.com you can exchange them with an equivalent certificate for another restaurant.com restaurant

                                                            1. re: moosy

                                                              awesome. I sent them an email today and am waiting to hear back from them; thanks for the hope

                                                              1. re: amykragan

                                                                i recently did this for another restaurant.
                                                                they send you an email per each one, with a link, that allows you to choose another restaurant with the same denomination (rather than aggregate, etc.).

                                                        2. re: Carter B.

                                                          I am really sorry to hear this. It is my favorite lunch place. : (

                                                        3. Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant has closed.

                                                          1. I read in the ASS that Texas French somewhere was closing another place. Years upon years ago when I worked at Congress and R-side we would go to the TF on Congress for lunch several times a month. It was very good. Especially memorable was their "5 lilly soup" . They offered a lunch special of 1/2 sandwich and soup with a cookie. The place was always crowded but then it seemed like something happened and everything went down hill. They also had (have?) a neat T shirt too.

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                                                            1. re: singlemalt

                                                              They closed the Texas French Bread location on Red River to focus on their new dinner service.

                                                              1. re: singlemalt

                                                                they just closed their South Congress location. the blog says they are going to focus on their food at the 29th and Rio Grande location.
                                                                the South Congress spot closed about 2-3 weeks ago

                                                              2. Tried using a gift certificate to zpizza on 2nd street and the restaurant wasn't open. Anyone know if it's closed temporarily or permanently?

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                                                                1. re: The Tres Leches

                                                                  I noticed today that Z Pizza is open again. Apparently they reopened last week.

                                                                2. Pizza Coravina is temporarily closed to revamp the menu.

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                                                                  1. re: amykragan

                                                                    Do you know for how long? Company coming in this weekend...

                                                                    1. re: Meshelle

                                                                      Didn't say but I hope not too long.

                                                                      1. re: amykragan

                                                                        thanks - they are going to be disappointed. Oh well, we will find another one.

                                                                  2. According to the neighborhood email list, Sampaio has closed, with an eviction notice on the door, no less.

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                                                                      1. re: NirvRush

                                                                        I think I can also add Fish City Grill in the Triangle to the list. No great loss, there.

                                                                    1. Thai Tara on 6th is closing Feb 14th. They apparently have lost their lease and hope to relocate. I've heard the Mulberry guys are going to open a "gastro-pub" in that location.

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                                                                      1. re: Carter B.

                                                                        That is correct about the owner of Mulberry opening a gastro-pub in the Thai Tara building. Apparently they are going to raze the site and build a new building, and they plan to do it very quickly.

                                                                        1. re: Carter B.

                                                                          Oh No!! I loved that place and it was close to my hotel.

                                                                        2. Alligator Grill on South Lamar has closed for good.

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                                                                          1. re: The Tres Leches

                                                                            Really great patio, but haven't been since I moved north. Food just wasn't that great. Used to love the happy hour with shrimp/wings/oysters though. Here's hoping something else opens up and makes good use of the patio and that great tree.

                                                                              1. re: heyzeus212

                                                                                Funny - I saw part of Office Space last weekend and couldn't for the life of me remember which restaurant that was. Thanks!

                                                                                1. re: heyzeus212

                                                                                  Guess the minimum 37 pieces of flair just wasn't enough.

                                                                              2. Gabbi's, the burger and hot dog place near Burnet/MoPac has closed according to a blog I read--I have not confirmed it myself.

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                                                                                1. re: Carter B.

                                                                                  No great loss there IMHO, although I am sorry for those that lost their jobs and wish them well.

                                                                                  1. re: Carter B.

                                                                                    I noticed that their lights were off during their usual business hours about a week ago. Alas, I so loved their onion rings and the GuacBurger!

                                                                                  2. Fuegos will be closing in March. Go get your Ahi Tuna sandwich fix while you still can!

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                                                                                    1. re: Madcap

                                                                                      That is awful news. I love their carne asada fries, nachos, chicken ceasar wrap and crab enchiladas. Booo.

                                                                                      1. re: Madcap

                                                                                        Fuegos... oh, no. I've enjoyed everything I've had there from the albondigas that they used to have on the menu, fish tacos, ahi tuna, crab enchiladas... this is so sad. It sure would be great if they could open in a better location... wishful thinking.

                                                                                        1. re: Madcap

                                                                                          Where did you get this information from? I saw your post, freaked out and called them and they said they're not closing. They just have new hours 7am-7pm on weekdays and 7am to 8pm on Saturdays.

                                                                                          1. re: snowymt

                                                                                            That's what the waitress told me yesterday when I ate there. Said she's opening up a daycare in Lockhart and the restaurant will be closing in March. i believe she is the daughter of the owners. Hopefully she was incorrect.

                                                                                            1. re: Madcap

                                                                                              FYI, this was confirmed by the owner. End of March the lease is up and they won't be renewing.

                                                                                              1. re: Madcap

                                                                                                This is terribly sad news. Will need to head there soon for my last tuna burger!

                                                                                            1. re: bookgrrl72

                                                                                              Really, already? And with the Saints in the Super Bowl???

                                                                                          1. I just read that the Taste No Evil muffin/pastries trailer on S. Lamar has closed.

                                                                                            1. Rumor has it that Mother Egan's Pub is closing sometime after St. Patrick's Day.

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                                                                                              1. Red Robin on 183 @ Anderson Mill, closed for good!

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                                                                                                  1. re: amykragan

                                                                                                    hopefully something good-- that's in my nabe.