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RIP part 4

Saw that Kahuna's on Parmer and McNeil was shut down today.

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  1. totally not surprised.
    that space seems cursed but then again, it was a crappy restaurant.

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    1. re: dinaofdoom

      Ack! There goes Weds. $1 happy hour. It was not good chow, but it was nicely cheap. Guess it's back to Opal's or Riata.

      1. re: verily

        i hope something delicious goes in, and is permanent.
        i like curra's in general, but that location (which it was prior to kahuna) was AWFUL.
        they need to reverse the curse.

        1. re: dinaofdoom

          Looks like Leo's Gyros in Cedar Park closed down. Shame... I just moved up here and planned on eating there fairly often.

          1. re: bloody hammer

            Emerald City Press on N. Lamar has shuttered

            Emerald City Press
            915 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

            1. re: scrumptiouschef

              According to some post-Hermine news footage I saw, the location got hit pretty hard. If they were struggling before the storm, the damage they suffered would likely do them in.

    2. Saw that Joe's Crab Shack on 183 and Duval has closed. Sorry to anyone who lost their jobs because of it, but I have to say that I couldn't stand that place. Hopefully, something better will take over the location.

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      1. re: ssouth

        that shared parking lot w/ chuy's was always crazy full.
        hopefully something good and non-chain will open up.
        it is a pretty good location, right off 183.

        1. re: ssouth

          I didn't eat there often but I will be sad to see it go. They had gone way downhill over the last several years (multiple owners?) but were finally beginning to get back to the way they used to be. I had a fantastic lunch there a while back; little did I know it would be the last. We can't afford any more closings in this area, the choice is so dismal already!

          1. re: ssouth

            As of 3-24-11 the former Joe's space is occupied by The Brick House Tavern and Tap

          2. i guess this is the most current version of the RIP thread?

            here are some north austin closings:

            the pollotron truck at pond springs and anderson mill boarded up some time in december, but now the truck is gone completely.

            hong kong market on parmer (near chipotle, twin liquors, food shui etc.) is officially closed but i didn't know they even opened!

            sodade coffee shop on burnet shuttered.

            bagpipes pub and eatery on research is gone.

            ...and mama roux's is also closed, obviously.

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            1. re: dinaofdoom

              Bagpipes has been replaced by "Big Daddys Burgers and Bar". Something like that

              1. re: beercoop

                yeah, i saw that place and it looked like a fairly generic casual eatery, but the online menu seems to indicate some relationship with the Nutty Brown Cafe, so maybe has some Austin history? anybody tried it?

                Nutty Brown Cafe
                12225 W Highway 290, Austin, TX 78737

                1. re: willtryanythingonce

                  If it has a relationship with the nutty brown, that would be enough for me to avoid it. Cool outdoor space, but the food has been blah the few times I have been there.

            2. Cafe Canela, the successor to Mooya's and Geaux Burger at Burnet & Research, as itself gone away. It was pretty tasty, and the owner was always so nice, but the few times my wife and I went there, we had no company but each other.

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              1. re: ret3

                I know! It's so sad. It was on our regular lunch rotation. You're right about it being empty though. They really tried, but it just didn't work out. Now where am I gonna go for my chicken tomatillo enchiladas?... =(

              2. Nueva Onda one of the better Mexican joints is closing Saturday.

                Nueva Onda
                2218 College Ave, Austin, TX 78704

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                1. re: achtungpv

                  On the way back from lunch today (Spicy Pickle) I noticed that Hot Slices (aka Slices and Ices) is closed and has been gutted.

                  Too bad, I enjoyed their pies. R.I.P.

                2. The Good Knight has tweeted that they're closing:

                  "Well, we've decided to close the Good Knight. Thanks everybody for your love and support. We'll see you around."


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                  1. re: hlk

                    That seems very at odds with a lot of their recent-ish tweets talking about their new menu and drinks and stuff. Not that stuff doesn't happen, but for some reason I am skeptical.

                    1. re: bbq1995

                      More from their chef:

                      "As of today @thegoodknight is no longer open for business. Thanks to all that came out & enjoyed the food & drink. Cheers! #RIPGoodKnight"


                      I wonder what went down.

                      1. re: hlk

                        I'd love to hear the scoop on that. That's a bummer. I liked that place.

                        1. re: txgrl99

                          I went to the new place Sputnik that is now in it's place and had a pretty decent burger a couple of weeks back.

                  2. Got word that the Screaming Goat has closed, so sad. I don't know where il get my dollar Dos Equis and drowning flautas. My favorite salsa in town too, very saddening.

                    Screaming Goat
                    900 W 10th St, Austin, TX 78703

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                    1. re: cashhh

                      Has anyone else noticed the sign on former screaming goat that reads, 'Bacon - Coming Soon'? What's that about?

                    2. Well, nuts. Adios, The Parlor North Loop.


                      The Hyde Park location is staying open but it's not the same.

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                      1. re: brentwood


                        Love The pizza there.... and agreed, Hyde park isn't the same but as long as I can still get their pizza, crisis averted.

                      2. Just noticed The Hub on Dry Creek is now Cat Mountain Grill.

                        1. A moment of silence for Red Robin and Marie Calendars in Sunset Valley.

                          Yeah, that's long enough.

                          Here's hoping that some better places open in those locations!

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                          1. re: Ashforth

                            Especially that Marie Calendars. It is easily the worst restaurant I ever went to in Austin. ever. It's a pretty good location and I'm hopeful interesting goes in there. What places are underrepresented in that part of South Austin? pizza? fish?

                            1. re: shan

                              yes, fish! but i'll take pretty much any non-chain. i'm crossing my fingers and toes that something good comes after the disappointment of seeing Freddy's Frozen Custard (Wm Cannon & Brush Country) and some BBQ joint where the Zen used to be in Sunset Valley.

                              1. re: NirvRush

                                as someone living in the area, I agree with NR. Chains are about the only thing well represented in this part of town.

                              2. re: shan

                                An outlet of Din Ho, Asia Cafe, or Ho Ho would be great down in Sunset Valley. The only think that sucks about Austin is that all good Chinese food is way north of the river.

                                1. re: achtungpv

                                  That is the best idea I've ever heard. Now, how do we go about making this happen? How about A + A (I now prefer it over Asia Market) where Red Robin used to be and Ho Ho where Marie Calender's was?

                                  And if we could get Tanh Ni to just move down here, as well as Pho Saigon, I'd be forever appreciative!

                                  Red Robin Restaurant
                                  4809 W Highway 290, Austin, TX 78735

                                  1. re: achtungpv

                                    And the groceries. There's a somewhat new little Filipino market cafe at First and Slaughter (if it's stiill open) that sells limited staples like 3 crabs, mam nem, noodles and such, but not much. And the one lunch special I had kinda lame.

                                2. re: Ashforth

                                  Ouch, that Red Robin closed? The one thing I liked about it was that kids always ate free. And if you asked them to cook the burgers medium rare, they were palatable. Better than some of the old standbys here in town, anyway. They always seemed busy too. Hm.

                                  Red Robin Restaurant
                                  4809 W Highway 290, Austin, TX 78735

                                3. Springhill Catfish on Airport has packed up their fishing poles and gone to that deep fry in the sky.
                                  Hounds in the area can head a few blocks over to Mr. Catfish on Springdale Rd.
                                  The Pflugerville location of Springhill is reported to still be open.

                                  Springhill Restaurant
                                  2505 Pecan St W, Pflugerville, TX 78660

                                  1. Thai Bowl in Cedar Park is closed. Going to be replaced by "Flipping Burger"

                                    Thai Bowl Cafe
                                    202 Walton Way Suite #152, Cedar Park, TX 78613

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                                    1. re: beercoop

                                      Interesting, any more details on this "Flipping Burger" replacement?

                                      1. re: cstrombe

                                        The sign on the door just said Flipping Burger open soon.

                                      1. Benihana Austin is a gonner....

                                        9070 Research Blvd Ste 305, Austin, TX 78758

                                        1. Really sad to read that Somnios's is closing :( their food was o fresh and delicious. Acc to their FB page, they are open to relocating but need investors and a place with more kitchen space. Sigh

                                          Somnio's Cafe
                                          1807 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

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                                          1. re: NirvRush

                                            that is a bummer. when i lived down south, i liked going there.

                                          2. The parking lot at Meltzer is dead empty at 8 p.m. on a Friday night. I'm guessing it's closed.

                                            That location seems to be quite unfriendly to restaurants, though Antonio's did stick around for a while.

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                                            1. re: ampeg66

                                              they recently had quite a few deals going on.
                                              hope everyone who bought one gets a refund.

                                              1. re: ampeg66

                                                Meltzers is going to convert to UR cooks, the old "cook your own steak place" with fancy pub grub at the bar area according to Rob Balon.

                                                1. re: amykragan

                                                  Austin Biz Journal says they're leasing the building to a sports bar company:

                                                  Did Brad Meltzer also own UR Cooks? Just wondering, since it sounds like he was thinking about revisiting that concept.

                                                  1. re: ampeg66

                                                    i did read somewhere that he owned UR cooks, but can't remember where.
                                                    not sure why he's doing a sports bar--wasn't that the current concept?

                                              2. Wild About Harry's on Burnet (hot dogs and custard) has an eviction notice on the door. It's been a hard summer for hot dogs in Austin.

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                                                1. re: mollyjade

                                                  has that place even been around for a year?

                                                2. Dunno if it's for good but the Cazamance trailer appears to be shuttered over on Rainey street. It was the only West African restaurant in town that I know of.

                                                  Austin, Austin, TX

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                                                  1. re: achtungpv

                                                    That's too bad....the only time I've been down there, I went to Raj Mahal. It was packed. There was no one at Cazamance, so I was determined to go there next. I saw the woman just hanging out in the trailer. Hate to see someone give it a go and not make it.

                                                    Austin, Austin, TX

                                                    1. re: achtungpv

                                                      I think it's just temporary while they install the Container Bar in that lot. Cazamance is still in business....


                                                    2. Triumph Cafe is closing - August 31st - this Wednesday.


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                                                      1. re: anjgupta

                                                        Here's hoping something special goes in there. Great patio, but was never really thrilled with the food...same sad note in the land of the bland.

                                                        1. re: amysuehere

                                                          re: Triumph, agreed. Ate there once and was terrifically underwhelmed if not downright insulted in the trash they were serving.

                                                        2. re: anjgupta

                                                          Just got an email that Mad Cakes (right next door to Triumph Cafe) is closing this Saturday. I did enjoy their randomly shaped cakes and lemon bars. Too bad.

                                                        3. Just saw on Facebook that El Arbol is closing.

                                                          "We would like to thank everyone that has been a guest at El Arbol, at this time we are having to close our doors. We can't thank our wonderful staff and guests enough. It has been our pleasure."

                                                          That's rather sad.

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                                                          1. re: ghastlyfop

                                                            That is a huge bummer. I thought that place was great. Also, the one time I went (maybe should've gone more), it was totally packed. Maybe they spent too much money on Eames furniture.

                                                          2. Eater Austin is reporting that the Belmont is closed as well.

                                                            1. The northwest location of Hoover's Cooking is closing at the end of December. The Manor Rd. location will remain open.

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                                                              1. re: tori_atx

                                                                Oh man, that sucks. They never seemed to be hurting for business every time I went there.

                                                                1. re: verily

                                                                  Did they ever update the interior at that place? They needed a Restaurant Impossible makeover in the worst way. We went a few years ago and sat in a booth, it felt like I sat into a black hole. Good food, but the interior was so drab it wasn't an appealing place to take guests.

                                                                  1. re: LakeLBJ

                                                                    Completely agree.Sitting in the Belmont always seemed like I was at the Regal Beagle from "Three's Company". Very dark and 70's feeling.The only thing missing was Jack Tripper cooking and "Midnight at the Oasis" playing.

                                                                2. re: tori_atx

                                                                  VERY bummed out about the closing of NW Hoover's location. Yeah, the interior was totally retro and not in a good way, but I loved me the food and people. The waitress who told me about the imminent closing said the landlord jacked up the rent, and revenue at that location didn't justify staying open. So now the building will sit empty for possibly years?!

                                                                  My family and I had been going to the NW Hoover's since it opened, as we live less than 15 mins. away. Really gonna miss it!

                                                                  1. re: woshimeiguoren

                                                                    I'm going to miss it too. It was close to home and also close to work. The Manor location is good, but it's such a long trek from the Lakeline area.

                                                                    Are there even any alternative Southern home cookin' type restaurants nearby in NW Austin or Cedar Park? Sometimes a girl just needs a big plate of CFC, mashed potatoes, and greens.

                                                                    1. re: verily

                                                                      SAmbet's cajun deli suffered a turkey fryer fire over the holidays and they're closed. Dunno if they're going to reopen.

                                                                      1. re: verily

                                                                        Another 10 minutes down 183 from the old hoovers will get you to Southern Hospitality. Atmosphere leaves *much* to be desired, but i've had good catfish, fried chicken, and chicken and dumplings there, might fill the niche that hoover's did.

                                                                        1. re: willtryanythingonce

                                                                          Yes, Southern Hospitality takes over the spot that Hoover's and Dot's left open. Very very nice people running the place, too.

                                                                          1. re: addlepated

                                                                            Would like to try Southern Hospitality, though it's a few mins. south on 183. Is it true they're only open from 8A-3P Mon.-Fri.? If so, I can forget about going there with kids except when school's out.

                                                                        2. re: verily

                                                                          I know Liberty Hill is a trek but Dahlia's Cafe out there is fantastic. Hand breaded CFC, jalapeno cream gravy, homemade fried okra. Live music on the weekends underneath giant oaks.

                                                                        1. Portabla, from the looks of things. Saw them moving out on New Year's Eve. I'll miss the carved turkey club.

                                                                          1. Looks like Player's days are numbered; UT is buying it, but I somehow doubt they're going into the burger-flipping business: http://www.statesman.com/blogs/conten...

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                                                                            1. re: ret3

                                                                              Their days may be numbered, but looks like it could be a pretty big number.
                                                                              Further info in a 2nd article:
                                                                              "The regents' agenda item for the matter said payment would be partially in cash and partially in the form of a leaseback to the sellers, with the property to be used upon termination of the leaseback" .

                                                                              1. re: Alan Sudo

                                                                                UT is probably putting in a new building for its MBA program on the block. After the eminent domain fiasco, I suspect they will be paying Players pretty well.

                                                                            2. Get Sum Dim Sum is a goner. Tried to go there for lunch and it was completely cleared out.

                                                                              EDIT. Nevermind. Just read on Facebook that they're moving to a new location in a few weeks.

                                                                              1. Taco Real in Cedar Park. Hubby stopped by other night to order some food to go, found it completely dark, and sign on door said "Thank you for your patronage over the years." Had good food, reasonable prices, and was always clean. The family that ran the place was very nice, too.

                                                                                1. Kocurek Family Charcuterie. Really pricy, but it's hard to make charcuterie in small batches by hand.

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                                                                                  1. re: sqwertz

                                                                                    Do they have a physical store? I thought they just went to Farmer's Market. Their stuff looked really interesting but always way too rich for my blood.

                                                                                  2. TerraBurger on 183 and Braker (almost) is closed down if anyone noticed.

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                                                                                    1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                      Doesn't surprise me. They were overpriced and tasteless IMHO.

                                                                                      1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                        Too bad about Terraburger, their turkey burger was excellent and I liked their beef burgers just fine. They weren't cheap but the burgers were a good size. They also had a truly small size order of fries (i think it was the child's portion), which I appreciated, because most "small" fries from burger places are way too many fries for me. I moved south a year ago so I hadn't been there in a while, but I have often wished there was a location close to where I live now.

                                                                                        The location of that Terraburger was difficult. If you were exiting from 183 to go there you had to make a dangerous dash across three busy lanes of frontage road traffic. The parking lot was tiny and the drive-through was awkwardly tight; plus, because of the tiny lot, if there were many cars in the line, it jutted into the street and there wasn't room for more. They cooked to order, I believe, so they weren't pumping the food out fast enough to allow more cars to be in line without waiting in the street.

                                                                                        Add the opening of the Wendy's right next to it and well, bye bye Terraburger on 183. Come south!

                                                                                        1. re: Ashforth

                                                                                          yeah, that location is terrible. You also have to deal with the people exiting the COSCTO.
                                                                                          yeah, too bad. I think fast food customers just aren't willing to pay extra for organic, when it doesn't taste any better than non-organic which this didn't.

                                                                                          1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                            I'm willing to pay more for organic (I often do), but it should taste at least as good as other non-organic options, and this didn't.

                                                                                      2. Looks like this RIP thread has come full circle. It started with Kahuna's on Parmer and McNeil closing. Now, Old School Grill in that same location has shuttered its doors. Not sure what it is about that location.

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                                                                                        1. re: jwynne2000

                                                                                          Sorry to hear that. I went there a few times it was always full. We liked his food when he was working out of a bus. I wonder if it's a strategic move. I never got the impression it was struggling

                                                                                          1. re: jwynne2000

                                                                                            not surprised.
                                                                                            way too expensive for this neighborhood, and the ingredients.
                                                                                            could not get a correctly cooked burger any of the times i went.
                                                                                            the service was also TOO attentive, if you can believe that...

                                                                                            i think a restaurant that has lower price points and less schtick could do well.
                                                                                            the curra's had awful service and an inconsistent kitchen.
                                                                                            kahuna's was too shlocky, and the food wasn't great.
                                                                                            old school needed to retool the dishes and the price points.
                                                                                            it's a really good location with a lot of traffic, so it should succeed.

                                                                                            1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                                              I went to this location a few times. Prices were in the Applebee's/Chili's neighborhood. Nothing crazy. I don't know how much cheaper it could get. I do think he may have expanded far too quickly though.

                                                                                              1. re: Rptrane

                                                                                                applebee's/chili's have pasta dishes in the $20s?

                                                                                                1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                                                  I don't recall $20 pastas at old school- the owner was nice, though, so I wish him well!

                                                                                                  1. re: rudeboy

                                                                                                    I got a philly-style cheesesteak the one time I went. While it was good, I remember thinking it wasn't quite on price-point and the drive wouldn't justify for us. However, I remember thinking that if it were in my neighborhood, I'd have given it another go. You're right, RB. Owner is very nice.

                                                                                            2. re: jwynne2000

                                                                                              He is opening downtown soon, I think. I was surprised at the closing of the Parmer location. My hunch was that he wants to focus on downtown, perhaps. The Parmer location was always reasonably busy at lunch.

                                                                                              1. re: rudeboy

                                                                                                Would love to see something like Galaxy Cafe in this location. Casual neighborhood place, beer/wine for the grownups, kid friendly, reasonable prices for decent food, live music on the weekends.

                                                                                                1. re: knb1055

                                                                                                  Seconded! That would be a great 'chill' place!