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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

              3. re: rudeboy

                hey--we have sommmmmmee stuff

        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.

                  http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/ter...

                  1. re: TroyTempest

                    wow, that's ridiculous.

                    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 :-)

                      -sw

                    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: rudeboy

                              it wasn't good.

                              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: PappyAustin

                        Well, that's bullshit.

                        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.

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

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                          1. re: heyzeus212

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

                          2. Pizza Bistro, neƩ 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. 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.

                              1. Umami Mia on Barton Springs Rd is closed.

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                                1. re: heyzeus212

                                  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

                                    Price seemed to exceed quality there.

                                    1. re: rudeboy

                                      You didn't miss anything.

                                  2. 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.

                                    -sw

                                    1. 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.
                                      Sigh...

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                                      1. re: TroyTempest

                                        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.

                                        1. re: rudeboy

                                          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

                                            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

                                          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

                                            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

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

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

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                                          1. re: Sweet_Cheeks

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

                                            1. re: matthewodam

                                              Here's the link:
                                              http://www.austin360.com/s/blogs/the-...

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

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                                            1. re: amysuehere

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

                                              http://fliphappycrepes.blogspot.com/2...

                                              1. re: Brian Lindauer

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

                                                1. re: amysuehere

                                                  Round Rock?

                                              2. re: amysuehere

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

                                                1. re: amysuehere

                                                  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.

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

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                                                  1. re: Optimista

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

                                                  2. 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

                                                      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?

                                                    2. Walking dead: T & S Seafood on N Lamar reportedly will be closing down for good on May 14th. Git some S&P shrimp while you still can...

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                                                      1. re: zhurou

                                                        Good God.

                                                        1. re: zhurou

                                                          WHAT? NO!

                                                        2. was sad to see star co. coffee shop in downtown RR go. loved the iced coffee "toddy", the books on loan, and the space where people could meet up. the building is for sale, so perhaps that was part of the abrupt closure. we found out today on our way to pick up drinks to accompany our breakfast tacos to eat in the park.

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                                                          1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                            Bummer! I liked that place. That area is doing well overall, so hopefully they reopen somewhere down there.

                                                            1. re: jwynne2000

                                                              hope so too. wonder what the story is, but oftentimes it's money :-(

                                                          2. Hilbert's on Burnett is closing.
                                                            http://impactnews.com/austin-metro/ce...

                                                            I was never a fan but they seem to have a following.

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                                                            1. re: Rptrane

                                                              Always enjoyed the one on Lamar because it was like going into a Burger Chef in the mid-60s.

                                                              1. re: tim irvine

                                                                Yes, that was a Burger Chef back in the day. I loved Burger Chef because they had a toppings bar and one could construct their own burger. I was friends with a guy named Jeff Jackson when in elementary school, and we used to call him Jeff Jeff Burger Chef Jackson Five.

                                                                http://jsfburgerchef.homestead.com/Bu...

                                                                1. re: rudeboy

                                                                  I miss toppings bars too. Burger Tex on Guadalupe (the 'bulgogi burger' one) still has a toppings bar though!

                                                                  1. re: lodermulch

                                                                    Really. that's great information!

                                                                  2. re: rudeboy

                                                                    I grew up in the east and my standard order at Burger Chef on Glebe Road in Arlington, VA was three burgers, three fries, and a root beer. I'd tender a dollar and get change. Lunch for under a buck...there is a real RIP! Sigh.

                                                              2. Voss fish and grill has closed and is replaced by an Indo / Pak joint of as yet unknown quality. The original owners scooted away several months ago. Terrible, if not cursed location probably.