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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. The Lion and the Rose in Westlake closed too.

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      1. re: amykragan

        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.

        1. re: addlepated

          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.

          1. re: sqwertz

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

            1. re: verily

              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.


              1. re: addlepated


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


                1. re: sqwertz

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

                  1. re: Sweet_Cheeks

                    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. "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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        1. re: TroyTempest

          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.

          1. re: sqwertz

            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.

            1. re: TroyTempest

              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.

              1. re: cstrombe

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

                1. re: TroyTempest

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

                  1. re: cstrombe

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

                    1. re: TroyTempest

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

                      The last place to operate there was Terra Burger.

                      1. re: sweet100s

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

                        1. re: sweet100s

                          I think the elevation burger is now officially closed.

                          1. re: TroyTempest

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

                            1. re: Rptrane

                              Today the sign was down and it said closed

                              1. re: TroyTempest

                                Darn it!

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

                                1. re: sweet100s

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

          2. 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.

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