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Paggi House has closed to make room for condos.

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  1. not surprised re: condos. ugh.

    1. Austin Bakehouse is closing June 15.

      1. Does that mean the Taco Cabana is history, too? That's a pretty busy TC. The cheap eats are getting pushed farther and farther away from town.

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        1. re: sqwertz

          As much as I hated that Taco Cabana when it came in, it slowly became my halfway resting point during my walk around Town Lake. They have those vegetarian bean tacos - really cheap and satisfying. It's kind of dirty most times, but you can sit out on the patio with a cheap taco and free water.

          I bet most people just want it to go away. Not sure what the height limitation would be on that spot, but I'm sure someone has their eye on it. Next will be Butler Park!

          1. re: rudeboy

            huston street bought it. he's putting a condo tower there i believe.

            1. re: ieathereforeiam

              I knew I should have been a a baseball player.

            2. re: rudeboy

              Nah - The "golf course" would be the next logical spot to get dozed. Never mind that the people on the third floor would have a train (and their headlights) right outside their window 3-4 times a day (and night).

              -sw

          2. Yelp has reported that 123 Noodles, the Vietnamese place inside Hana World Marlet (Lamplight Village), has closed. The last review was a month ago. I never got to try and it and was planning on doing my quarterly Asian shopping there tomorrow instead of at "Penis unfit for human consumption" MT Supermarket.

            Bummer. Can anybody confirm it's really closed? The place had great reviews.

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            1. re: sqwertz

              I may be wrong, but think that space gave way to Kin and Comfort.

              To me, Kin and Comfort was a qui-esque stall with good, if derivative food -and since I'm not a huge fan of uchiko or most things qui, I chalked it up to a fine experience - no need to return.

              1. re: saticoy

                It was okay but not fantastic. Good enough to go back. Search archives there was a thread dedicated to the place.

              2. re: sqwertz

                Yes, Kin and Comfort replaced 123 Noodles which was just ok. The Korean place is still there (like the spicy pork bone soup)

              3. Kohnami at 183 & Anderson Mill (former Hoover's, and Ryan's Steakhouse location) is pushing up daisies. There is a lockout notice on the door.

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                1. re: tori_atx

                  Too bad, the couple if times I went there, it was really good. I don't go out for sushi that often, and sadly not often enough for Kohnami.

                  1. re: rudeboy

                    there are just way too many sushi joints in that immediate area: midori, osaka, momiji and a few others i can't recall right now. hope something else goes in there, and it sticks.

                2. Curly's in Round Rock is closing Sunday. Per a post on their facebook.

                  1. La Morada at MoPac and Parmer closed Aug. 22. Bummer. It was my go-to Tex-Mex hole in the wall.

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                    1. re: palookapalooza

                      I always liked their crispy tacos, which were shaped like little taco salad bowls. That shopping center, especially the wing north of HEB, is looking a bit sparse of late.

                      1. re: ret3

                        Radio Shack is about to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, so consider that little outlet to be on thin ice.

                      2. re: palookapalooza

                        bummer, it was there for ages, and a lot of my coworkers liked to go there.
                        and yes, this shopping center's restaurants are dwindling.
                        unless you count papa murphy's as food...

                      3. JP's Java apparently is going to be toast in a few weeks. WHAT ??????? They were always mid to full. I've had better, but their iced brewed toddy is almost always a reliable kick in the face

                        1. According to culturemap, Thai Passion downtown is closing 'soon'.

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                          1. re: lodermulch

                            And according to the sign on the door. They say they are looking for new quarters, but I lost faith in that notion when Mike's pub decamped.

                          2. Daisy's on Hancock is gone. Not surprising.

                            1. Outback Steakhouse on South Lamar (Target shopping center/Azul). And it's all my fault! Haven't been to one in 23 years. That leaves one left in Austin (yeah!). And judging by the crowd in Souper Salad next door on a Friday night, they're next to go.

                              1. Kim Phung by Lakeline closed by landlord for failure to pay rent

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                                1. re: PappyAustin

                                  interesting. haven't been over there in a few weeks, but wondered if perhaps weekend and/or dinner was keeping that place afloat.

                                  the service is always horrendous when i went (which was usually late lunch), and they never clean/bus anything. but, it was pretty decent pho and in the neighborhood so... yeah.

                                2. Just saw on my neighborhood FB page that the Dojo, the izakaya on 183 and Burnet closed. Only got there once, but enjoyed it.

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                                  1. re: Rice Checks

                                    oh bummer, it filled a niche. enjoyed that place when it first opened, but haven't been back because it's out of the way for me most of the time.

                                    1. re: dinaofdoom

                                      I heard nothing but negative things about that place, which bummed me out because I was super excited by the initial descriptions. Now I kinda wish I'd at least checked it out once, but all the word of mouth just kept me away.

                                      1. re: popvulture

                                        really? we had a good time and good eats when we went, although the veggies on the charcoal grill were really bland. we did have some kind of a deal thingie, though, so also were not paying full price.

                                        round rock definitely needs more dining options so hopefully the ramen and izakaya dishes are done well.

                                        1. re: dinaofdoom

                                          Yeah, it was a neat place. I'm not conversant in saki, and the waitress was really friendly and helpful, explaining the different choices.

                                          I was there for dinner, and I got the impression that it was a late night place. It was starting to get filled up as we left around 9-ish. Ah well.

                                          I hope another local place will move in there.

                                          1. re: Rice Checks

                                            I wish I'd heard more of these good impressions! Oh well... I hope we get that izakaya niche filled again soon. I'll be a better patron next time around.

                                            1. re: popvulture

                                              well, i still haven't been to kome, and i guess their dinner menu is izakaya style?

                                              1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                The non sushi stuff is and is done well.

                                                1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                  Yep, it's basically half sushi bar, half izakaya – I'm sure this is probably a pretty common phenomenon to appeal to a wider base (did Dojo do sushi?).

                                                  I can't say enough good things about Kome. Some of my faves are the grilled mackerel (super simply prepared, probably grilled on binchotan), monkfish liver (pate with wonderfully subtle seaweeds, cool broth and various little pickles) and their take on fish & chips (squid ink aioli, shrimp chips, bao type buns, perfectly fried fish), but those are just a few. I've liked everything else I've tried there as well, plus it's got a great vibe–cozy and very welcoming (both design wise and in attitude). Only tiny gripe is that the sushi is pricey, but its pretty nice quality so... can't complain too much there.

                                                  I hope that countered my earlier blah response a bit.

                                                  1. re: popvulture

                                                    I can't really say that these two restaurants are/were in the same league.

                                                    I'll not burn any calories beating a dead horse (err, restaurant) but I think anyone who ate at Dojo regularly will be doing themselves a favor by frequenting Kome.

                                    2. Add Spicewood Tavern to the list. Even though some Hounds have slammed this place, I'm gonna miss it. It was close to home, and most of the time the food was good.
                                      And, it had pretty good cocktail specials at hour.