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sqwertz Jan 28, 2013 09:45 AM

According to a recent email, Cannoli Joe's, the partnership between a Qdoba founder and County Line, will be closed for good come Feb 1st after almost 5 years of service.

I liked it OK at first. But each of the three times I returned I liked it slightly less and less. Last time, Saturday night December 1st, the place was kinda barren of customers, For a Saturday, at least.

The current facade and layout would be hard to sell to anybody but another Italian buffet restaurant.


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  1. amykragan RE: sqwertz Jan 28, 2013 03:46 PM

    The Lion and the Rose in Westlake closed too.

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      amysuehere RE: amykragan Jan 28, 2013 04:41 PM

      No loss there...

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        addlepated RE: amykragan Jan 28, 2013 07:13 PM

        It's not closed, or wasn't the last time I checked. There was a note in the window saying they're remodeling. Did that change? I've been on Mars for a couple of weeks.

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          sqwertz RE: addlepated Jan 30, 2013 09:26 PM

          I read that it closed in one of the community rags, IIRC. Maybe that 'community rag' was here, though. I told somebody else who patronizes it that it closed and she said she knew already.

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            verily RE: sqwertz Feb 2, 2013 08:32 AM

            Austin360 reported it on their openings/closings blog (the Relish Austin one).

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              addlepated RE: verily Feb 2, 2013 04:05 PM

              Ah yes, here 'tis, along with the demise of the Meat Shop. And a new opening in Westlake - Noodles and Company. Looks like it's where Hangtown used to be.


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                sqwertz RE: addlepated Feb 3, 2013 01:38 AM


                And good riddance to the Meat Shop <insert Marge Simpson 'Grrrr'>. Even Homer would disapprove,


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                  Sweet_Cheeks RE: sqwertz Feb 4, 2013 12:35 PM

                  What was your beef (pun intended) with the Meat Shop? Just curious. There's one in Avery Ranch that doesn't seem too bad.

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                    sqwertz RE: Sweet_Cheeks Feb 5, 2013 10:09 PM

                    Overly expensive. Rotten sausages. When I complained about the latter, sent them the receipt, nobody wanted to respond. As for the former, just one example: A 28oz can of roasted red peppers that you can get at Fiesta for $3.40 was $14 there. Everything had a HUGE markup.

      2. TroyTempest RE: sqwertz Jan 28, 2013 06:58 PM

        "The current facade and layout would be hard to sell to anybody but another Italian buffet restaurant."

        One might think, but i'd bet that won't stop a big Asian buffet from moving in.

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          sqwertz RE: TroyTempest Jan 30, 2013 09:35 PM

          That and the old Estancia restaurant (now Indian?) just seem like odd places for restaurants. Stand-alones on empty stretch of road with one-way access.

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            TroyTempest RE: sqwertz Jan 31, 2013 07:44 AM

            Right, I always thought that Estancia location was terrible. I'll add the Elevation burger (now closed ) on the feeder road before Braker by the North COSTCO.

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              cstrombe RE: TroyTempest Jan 31, 2013 09:39 AM

              That was TerraBurger on the feeder, currently being repurposed as an Elevation Burger. I think TerraBurger's problem was more the food than the feeder. But agree, a problematic location nonetheless.

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                TroyTempest RE: cstrombe Jan 31, 2013 11:46 AM

                I forgot the name before Elevation Burger, but the Elevation burger is closed now too

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                  cstrombe RE: TroyTempest Jan 31, 2013 12:18 PM

                  Accd to their fb page, is still under construction, due to open in a couple of weeks.

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                    TroyTempest RE: cstrombe Feb 1, 2013 08:59 AM

                    if that is so, then it has been under construction for about a year

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                      sweet100s RE: TroyTempest Feb 3, 2013 02:59 AM

                      Yep - Elevation Burger has been under construction at that drive-through location forever.

                      The last place to operate there was Terra Burger.

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                        TroyTempest RE: sweet100s Feb 6, 2013 06:38 AM

                        One shouldn't underestimate the difficulty in transitioning from organic fast food burger place to, uh well, organic fast food burger place.

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                          TroyTempest RE: sweet100s Dec 18, 2013 07:05 AM

                          I think the elevation burger is now officially closed.

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                            Rptrane RE: TroyTempest Dec 18, 2013 11:10 AM

                            The one by Costco ? I was just over there and it looked open.

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                              TroyTempest RE: Rptrane Dec 18, 2013 05:05 PM

                              Today the sign was down and it said closed

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                                sweet100s RE: TroyTempest Feb 8, 2014 09:06 PM

                                Darn it!

                                That was definitely my favorite drive-through burger. Nothing is close.

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                                  TroyTempest RE: sweet100s Feb 9, 2014 10:36 AM

                                  i think they still have other locations open. Don't know about drive-thrus

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            addlepated RE: sqwertz Jan 28, 2013 07:15 PM

            I had a feeling they were on their way out. Crowds have diminished greatly lately, and the last time we went they had taken several of the best things off the buffet and made them extra-charge items, but lowered the cost of the buffet overall. It seemed a little desperate.

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              Rptrane RE: sqwertz Jan 31, 2013 04:25 PM

              Romeo's is officially closed and Umami Pizza, I think that's how it's spelled, is going in there instead. At least according to the mural on the outside.

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                hlk RE: Rptrane Feb 1, 2013 02:32 PM

                Umami PIZZA? What's this??

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                  Rptrane RE: hlk Feb 1, 2013 08:08 PM

                  It's this ..

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                    hlk RE: Rptrane Feb 2, 2013 12:03 PM

                    Interesting. Thank you.

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                verily RE: sqwertz Feb 2, 2013 08:33 AM

                Vivo on 620 has closed. Seemed a bit surprising to me as there was usually a wait whenever I went for dinner.

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                  PappyAustin RE: sqwertz Feb 6, 2013 08:20 AM

                  This is the worst kind of R.I.P - Tim Bartlett, the owner of Bartlett's has passed away.

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                    klanch RE: PappyAustin Feb 19, 2013 05:05 PM

                    I asked the bartender and he said the restaurant will stay open under new ownership. Sorry to hear about Mr. Bartlett but at least Austin won't lose a good place. It's a good hole - nice spot to den up in when the weather is bad.

                  2. sqwertz RE: sqwertz Feb 7, 2013 06:55 PM

                    M. Thaitown at Stassney and Manchaca across from the library has left the building and is replaced by "Tuk Tuk Thai". Slight remodel - you can see into the restaurant now from the street: One lone guy sitting in a chair by the door waiting not so patiently for a customer.

                    The location is jinxed. I feel sorry for every restaurant owner that tries to open in that spot.


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                      TroyTempest RE: sqwertz Feb 8, 2013 07:44 AM

                      What was that called before M. Thaitown? It was another Thai place, right?

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                        tom in austin RE: TroyTempest Feb 8, 2013 10:28 AM

                        Subsin's, and before that, Sawadee. I went when it was Sawadee and it was decent-if-underseasoned.

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                          TroyTempest RE: tom in austin Feb 8, 2013 11:07 AM

                          Subsin's is what i remember. Someone brought soup from there to a covered dish thing. IIRRC, is wasn't bad.

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                        storefronteats RE: sqwertz Feb 19, 2013 01:33 PM

                        We happened into Tuk Tuk Thai by chance before a show across the street at Strange Brew. We were with friends, distracted, and not expecting much so I didn't pay too close attention to the chow. However, I remember it being tasty and the server and owner could not have been more pleasant.

                        The Tom Kha soup was really good, and I recall some good dumplings, too. I'd definitely try it again if I were in the neighborhood.

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                        Rptrane RE: sqwertz Feb 10, 2013 03:54 PM

                        Lick it Bite it Or Both, near the Domain appears closed. They were closed when their hours were listed as opened. So that's usually a bad sign. One of the most recent Yelp reviews noticed it was closed too.

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                          danny_w RE: Rptrane Feb 11, 2013 09:46 AM

                          I noticed that too a few days ago.

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                            TroyTempest RE: Rptrane Jan 10, 2014 11:07 AM

                            The customers were too confused. They couldn't decide whether to lick or bite it, so they went elsewhere.

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                            ccaustin RE: sqwertz Feb 19, 2013 01:07 PM

                            Zed's closing today, per their Facebook page:

                            Sadly, today Zed's will be closing its doors. Thank you all for your support in helping us to make Zed's such a beloved place. We plan to open the doors again soon, and hope that you all will watch for and join us when that time comes. Best of wishes, until we meet again...

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                              Rptrane RE: ccaustin Feb 19, 2013 06:19 PM

                              I'm sad to see it go. It was nice to have an actually nice place to eat in that area. I can only imagine that they put too much cash into the space. It's one of the nicest restaurants in the North part of town, inside and out. Biggest knock were the prices and there wasn't one killer dish there.

                            2. sqwertz RE: sqwertz Feb 27, 2013 07:28 PM

                              Say the final goodbye's to the Miramont Cafeteria, It is in the process of being bulldozed after sitting empty for about a decade. High-traffic spot, I'm surprised it took that long. Building was neglected and decrepit that it couldn't be salvaged.

                              Way before my time in Austin.


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                                danny_w RE: sqwertz Feb 28, 2013 05:49 AM

                                That is just about the last of the old timers in Austin. I fondly remember the Miramont and wish it were still here, but times change. It was a great after-church meeting place with good sunday fried chicken like I remember from growing up.

                              2. rudeboy RE: sqwertz Dec 18, 2013 01:58 PM

                                Kahuna Joe's?

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                                  saticoy RE: rudeboy Dec 18, 2013 04:37 PM

                                  I would totally pitch in my spare $50 K for this worthy endeavor, but (and perhaps this should be in the Hard Hats thread), I read in Community Impact that it is going to be a Tyson Cole venture, with Philip Speer at the helm, doing pizza and small plates and bread. Very excited for this!

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                                    Ashforth RE: saticoy Dec 18, 2013 06:55 PM

                                    The old Canoli Joe's location, right? I also heard that the Uchi people are the ones who are developing it. Living in Sunset Valley, I am thrilled!

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                                      sqwertz RE: Ashforth Dec 18, 2013 09:35 PM

                                      Huh? I'm at a loss here. Kahuna Joe's is a small Texas chain of Hawaiian shaved ice outlets.

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                                        Ashforth RE: sqwertz Dec 19, 2013 07:01 PM

                                        I thought saticoy was referring to the very first post of the thread, maybe i got confused or maybe i just made things more confusing!

                                        The former Canoli Joes location near Brodie & 290 is being re-developed by the Uchi folk.

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                                          sqwertz RE: Ashforth Dec 19, 2013 10:16 PM

                                          So It's not going to be sushi and shaved ice? Bummer!

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                                            saticoy RE: sqwertz Dec 27, 2013 08:29 PM

                                            maybe they can enhance the concept ... ?!

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                                          rudeboy RE: sqwertz Dec 19, 2013 10:12 PM

                                          Mine was a joke - did not know that there was a REAL Kahuna Joe's. We had been discussing the Kahuna Burger before. I know.....but I would not mind having Kahuna Joe's here this summer if we could get Tyson and Philip to do it. Saticoy was referring to another thread where I said we could all throw in $50k to buy the Kahuna Burger on Airport whe they are done, then sequed to what's going to happen at Cannoli Joe's. I think.

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                                            saticoy RE: rudeboy Dec 27, 2013 08:31 PM

                                            yes, segue...thx...

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                                          saticoy RE: Ashforth Dec 27, 2013 08:27 PM

                                          just outside of Sunset Valley - me too!

                                    2. amykragan RE: sqwertz Dec 20, 2013 03:06 PM

                                      PBK Stem & Stein is closed..hate to see that.
                                      PBK Stem & Stein

                                      I am sad to announce that PBK has closed. We are going to take some time to evaluate our concept. In the meantime, PBK is available to rent for your next event.
                                      Thank you for your patronage over the last year.

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                                        Rptrane RE: amykragan Dec 20, 2013 05:01 PM

                                        Went there once, the food was pretty good. We planned on going back. That's a shame. Location wasn't great for unplanned, walk up customers though.

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                                        Rptrane RE: sqwertz Jan 5, 2014 11:50 AM

                                        Cinnamons Bakery by Highland Mall is now closed. They have a sign on the door thanking their customers.. They had good stuff but that location is super hard to get to for just a cookie or piece of pie.
                                        I heard the folks who own that strip mall want to turn the whole area into condos.

                                        1. slowcoooked RE: sqwertz Jan 6, 2014 06:11 AM

                                          Proper breakfast truck has disappeared. Too bad, only scrapple in town. It was pretty damn good too.

                                          1. TroyTempest RE: sqwertz Jan 10, 2014 11:10 AM

                                            I drove down Congress yesterday and saw that the former Hickory Street has a for lease sign on it. I don't know how long that has been there. Hadn't been to that part of congress in a while. Sadly, I don't think it will be missed.

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                                              PappyAustin RE: TroyTempest Jan 11, 2014 06:34 AM

                                              They are moving to a strip center on Anderson Lane

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