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amykragan Jan 22, 2014 07:48 AM

Sobani in Lakeway (not surprised)
Upper Decks Sports bar

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  1. dinaofdoom Jan 22, 2014 08:48 PM

    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
      rudeboy Jan 23, 2014 09:37 AM

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

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        amysuehere Jan 23, 2014 01:04 PM

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

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          rudeboy Jan 23, 2014 08:47 PM

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

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            amysuehere Jan 24, 2014 08:36 AM


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

            1. re: amysuehere
              rudeboy Jan 24, 2014 07:02 PM

              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
                dinaofdoom Jan 27, 2014 05:38 PM

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

              2. re: amysuehere
                amykragan Feb 10, 2014 07:55 AM

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

              3. re: rudeboy
                girloftheworld Jan 27, 2014 06:27 PM

                hey--we have sommmmmmee stuff

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          ieathereforeiam Jan 23, 2014 09:42 AM

          eater reports Dario's in east austin closed

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          1. re: ieathereforeiam
            Ashforth Feb 3, 2014 06:52 PM

            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.

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            Andrew Zachary Feb 8, 2014 09:18 AM

            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
              TroyTempest Feb 9, 2014 10:40 AM

              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
                dinaofdoom Feb 9, 2014 09:39 PM

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

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                  TroyTempest Feb 10, 2014 05:43 AM

                  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
                    dinaofdoom Feb 10, 2014 07:14 AM

                    wow, that's ridiculous.

                    1. re: TroyTempest
                      sqwertz Feb 17, 2014 08:24 PM

                      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
                      sqwertz Feb 17, 2014 08:12 PM

                      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
                        Rptrane Feb 18, 2014 05:57 PM

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

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                          heyzeus212 Feb 19, 2014 08:36 AM

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

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                            rudeboy Feb 19, 2014 08:57 AM

                            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?

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                              ieathereforeiam Feb 19, 2014 09:50 AM

                              it wasn't good.

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                                amykragan Feb 20, 2014 06:34 AM

                                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.

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                  PappyAustin Feb 8, 2014 10:29 AM

                  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
                    rudeboy Feb 8, 2014 10:47 AM

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

                    1. re: rudeboy
                      PappyAustin Feb 8, 2014 11:06 AM

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

                      1. re: PappyAustin
                        rudeboy Feb 8, 2014 04:15 PM

                        Well, that's bullshit.

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                          rudeboy Feb 9, 2014 10:49 AM

                          Clarification - that was a Seinfeld reference.

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                            sweet100s Feb 13, 2014 12:20 AM

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

                    2. re: PappyAustin
                      verily Feb 9, 2014 06:24 AM

                      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.

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                        dinaofdoom Feb 9, 2014 10:43 AM

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

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                        lodermulch Feb 8, 2014 11:29 AM

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

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                          heyzeus212 Feb 10, 2014 12:53 PM

                          Third Base on 6th and MoPac is closed. The other locations remain open.

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                            dinaofdoom Feb 10, 2014 03:10 PM

                            our team went to the 183 location shortly after opening, and it was pretty overpriced/under tasty.

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                            Carter B. Feb 10, 2014 05:36 PM

                            Pizza Bistro, neé Mangia on Lake Austin is closed, becoming a Stinson Coffee according to Statesman.

                            So that makes three closings in old West Austin/Tarrytown in the past week if you include Third Base and vegetarian Austin Java. Can't say I found the food at any to be that good, but we did like the carnitas pizza at Bistro

                            1. ericthered Feb 14, 2014 05:38 AM

                              I'm happy to report that Duke's Smokehouse in Georgetown has folded. IMHO this joint was right up there with Famous Dave's and Dickie's and in the immortal sales pitch of Rudy's "the worst BBQ in Texas". They aren't kidding.

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                                heyzeus212 Feb 17, 2014 11:25 AM

                                Umami Mia on Barton Springs Rd is closed.

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                                1. re: heyzeus212
                                  rudeboy Feb 17, 2014 11:37 AM

                                  That stinks. I haven't been there, but I wanted to try the prosciutto and fig pizza. It looked like they had a good and varied menu. Barton Sogs Traffic is so nuts that that's a factor in choices of going out to eat.

                                  1. re: rudeboy
                                    heyzeus212 Feb 17, 2014 01:06 PM

                                    Price seemed to exceed quality there.

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                                      Optimista Apr 19, 2014 04:47 PM

                                      You didn't miss anything.

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                                    sqwertz Mar 16, 2014 08:08 PM

                                    This goes in the Hard Hat and RIP threads: Mi Rancho Mexican market that took over the City Market at Ben White and S. First Street apparently opened, then closed already. I go down S. First here at least once a week and never even noticed it was open. It closed over a month ago.


                                    1. TroyTempest Mar 23, 2014 10:36 AM

                                      Mi Victoria Bakery (formerly La Victoria) on Burnet Rd. is closing down. Today is their last day.
                                      For some reason they never got the love that a lot of higher profile places got, or some food trailers like La Fogata. I always liked their tacos, carnitas and menudo. Not to mention the baked goods.
                                      I called and the lady on the phone didn't offer much. Just said they were going out of business, not changing locations.
                                      I'd be willing to bet that the crappy old strip center they were in with Say Hi (where i bought my first rice cooker around 15 years ago, and still running) and the tattoo place will be torn down and some bright shiny new hipster something will go in.

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                                      1. re: TroyTempest
                                        rudeboy Mar 23, 2014 03:51 PM

                                        FYI - Say Hi's guy's wife owns the whole block there. Looked it up in TCAD a while back. Been meaning to go in and check on him. He always says "why don't you come see me anymore," half yelling and half incredulous. He's a good man, and has taught me a lot over the years. Unfortunately, I didn't even know what Say Hi was at first, even though I live down the block. 9 years I missed....but I've known him for ten now. I think he is 81.

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                                          TroyTempest Mar 23, 2014 04:22 PM

                                          I used to live in that neighborhood, but have been gone a while. I have only been in there 3 or 4 times, but the first time i went was to buy the rice cooker. He was hilarious, when describing the quality of the rice cooker, he said "this is Japanese, not Chinese, much better".
                                          I think he's Chinese. If not, then that was a lame story.

                                          1. re: TroyTempest
                                            rudeboy Mar 23, 2014 07:49 PM

                                            He is actually Thai. But it isn't a lame story. Say Hi used to be the only place you could get szechuan peppercorns when they were still underground.

                                        2. re: TroyTempest
                                          rudeboy Mar 23, 2014 04:03 PM

                                          Oh, Mi Victoria did have those awesome bone-in roasted meat in the hot-box. I would just go get that in a styrofoam. I didn't think that they were wonderful, but serviceable. I always wanted to tell them to step it up a bit - but they did use factory tortillas (and not great ones). For example, if you ordered a bacon and egg taco, the bacon was chopped into bits and mixed with the egg. But the ladies were nice and you could see people toiling through the kitchen portal. I hope to have a better place to do my Pilates there, though. We have that.......

                                          1. re: rudeboy
                                            TroyTempest Mar 23, 2014 04:18 PM

                                            I agree with you on the tortillas, but on my go to taco, bacon, egg and potato, I liked the way they chopped it all up and cooked it together. And, they had pretty serviceable creamy green sauce.

                                            1. re: TroyTempest
                                              rudeboy Mar 23, 2014 07:51 PM

                                              Yeah, I should have gone more often since they were right down the street from me for 20 years.

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                                          Sweet_Cheeks Mar 24, 2014 11:25 AM

                                          Statesman is reporting Waterloo Ice House on 38th has closed.

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                                          1. re: Sweet_Cheeks
                                            matthewodam Mar 25, 2014 09:38 AM

                                            Correct. It is being converted to a Doc's Motorworks. Details on our restaurant blog The Feed.

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                                              TroyTempest Mar 25, 2014 10:03 AM

                                              Here's the link:

                                          2. amysuehere Apr 19, 2014 07:18 AM

                                            Did Flip Happy go out of business?! Seems so, but I'd like confirmation.

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                                            1. re: amysuehere
                                              Brian Lindauer Apr 19, 2014 08:32 AM

                                              The trailer closed, but it sounds like they are (or at least were) looking for a brick and mortar location.


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                                                amysuehere Apr 19, 2014 12:57 PM

                                                Sure wish they'd come to "the land of the bland"

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                                                  Rptrane Apr 19, 2014 02:46 PM

                                                  Round Rock?

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                                                slowcoooked Apr 20, 2014 02:57 PM

                                                that would suck - their cuban is one of my favorite bites in Austin.

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                                                  sqwertz Apr 20, 2014 10:26 PM

                                                  Flip Happy was what I consider the first successful non-Mexican food truck/trailer in Austin. If I had to define The Beginning, that era would be it.

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                                                  Optimista Apr 19, 2014 04:47 PM

                                                  Trento out in Westlake closed. Not a big loss, IMO.

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                                                    Optimista about 15 hours ago

                                                    Aaaaand...Jack Allen's is opening there!

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                                                    kosheri Apr 20, 2014 01:54 PM

                                                    Annapurna Gardens, sadly. Stopped by on my way home from IKEA and there's a for lease sign in the window. Their website is still up but doesn't say anything about a new location.

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                                                    1. re: kosheri
                                                      kosheri Apr 20, 2014 01:56 PM

                                                      Oh wait, maybe I'm wrong? The map on their site does seem to indicate the NE corner of the interchange. Maybe it just moved?

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