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Jan 22, 2014 07:48 AM


Sobani in Lakeway (not surprised)
Upper Decks Sports bar

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  1. it's so sad we're up to the 7th version of this thread!

    p.s. are there any austin chow meet ups any more? i know its verboten to go over details on the boards but wondering if there was something elsewhere. i've been on the austin boards since '05 and the boston boards longer than i care to admit so i'm seriously overdue.

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    1. re: dinaofdoom

      Haven't had one in a long while, but I am up for a meetup....

      1. re: rudeboy

        Northwest Austin this time? Or at least Northish, please?

        1. re: amysuehere

          OK, I will travel to the Land of the Bland for you, sweetie!

          1. re: rudeboy


            Speaking of which, isn't Noble Pig set to open soon?

            1. re: amysuehere

              I think so - looks like they are still in construction. I had a badass sandwich at the NW location. Pork guts and a fried egg.

              1. re: rudeboy

                i'm NW too (620/parmer) so that would be convenient, but i'm flexible :-D

              2. re: amysuehere

                drove by the old location this morning and the signs are gone and the building empty so they must have made the move

        2. eater reports Dario's in east austin closed

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          1. re: ieathereforeiam

            Aw man. There was a time when Dario's Salad Plate #2 was damn fine eatin! It was one of those places that was a dive with some good food. The little chile relleno that came with the #2 was just about the only version of that item I have ever liked.

            They had gone downhill, I heard, and sure enough the last time I ate there a few years ago it wasn't enough to bring me back, along, I guess with a lot of others. Too bad.

          2. Austin Java in Tarrytown closed for non-payment of rent. Not too huge a loss, but was a very convenient place to hang out.

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            1. re: Andrew Zachary

              If this is the one on Windsor and exposition, they were hampered by the landlord's requirement that they serve only vegetarian food. The next place that opens up in there will face the same problems.

              1. re: TroyTempest

                is such a request legal here in texas re: tenancy laws?

                1. re: dinaofdoom

                  I'm no legal expert, but i assume it is. She has been doing this for a long time. Her methods have forced a lot of good businesses out.


                    1. re: TroyTempest

                      I guess that story sums it up pretty well. I just scanned the article but I already knew what it was going to say anyway :-)


                    2. re: dinaofdoom

                      One tenant had an ant infestation. The landlord prohibited them using any sort of pesticides to get rid of them. Said they had to be "relocated" instead.

                      Yes, it's all legal. The lady is a PETA nutcase and this has been going on for well over a decade.

                      1. re: sqwertz

                        Don't the Austin Java people also own Umami Pizza, that recently closed? Maybe the closures are related.

                        1. re: Rptrane

                          I think Umami Mia closed because it was awful and overpriced and nobody ate there.

                          1. re: heyzeus212

                            Just looking at the menu, it did not seem terribly overpriced for a Barton Spgs location. If the food was awful and no one ate there, that's a different story. Was it really that horrible?

                              1. re: ieathereforeiam

                                I agree, it was mediocre and too expensive for what you got. They also did sell individual slices for quite a while when they first opened, they did finally change that, but I think too many people were offput by that and didn't go back.

                2. Prima Pasta on W Parmer has closed. In its place is a pizza place named Mi Pizza where it appears you craft your own at a set price of $6.99. Hard to believe, but it seems you can have as many toppings as you want for the one price. Only extra charge I see is for gluten free dough or vegan cheese. Looked like it was a thin crust pizza.

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                  1. re: PappyAustin

                    Can you put cucumbers on the pizza? That was the downfall of Kramer and Poppie.

                    1. re: rudeboy

                      Nope, there are 24 options and that is not one of them

                        1. re: rudeboy

                          Clarification - that was a Seinfeld reference.

                          1. re: rudeboy

                            Ya gotta have extra caffeinated coffee to keep up with rudeboy.

                    2. re: PappyAustin

                      Prima moved to 620 according to their FB page, but they've yet to specify where. They've also posted so much about Mi Pizza that I suspect they're running this one too.

                      1. re: PappyAustin

                        i saw the signage (took off the PR and changed A with I) and wondered what that was all about.

                      2. Just noticed Sentelli's Bakery on 12th next to ACC closed. There's a coffee shop there now.