AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas eateries were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic — especially after the ordered shutdown of all nonessential businesses. The pandemic has led to more than 22 million people unemployed nationwide, including more than a million Texans.
In March, all restaurants in Austin were ordered to shut down their dining rooms. Many were able to remain open through take out or delivery services, but many were forced to close, some permanently.
Below is the list of Austin locations that have been forced to close because of the coronavirus. We will update the list as we learn of more closures. Where applicable, click on the restaurant name for our larger write-up about that individual eatery:
Blue Dahlia Bistro
The original Blue Dahlia Bistro location in east Austin will not reopen after 13 years of business, according to a Facebook post from the restaurant.
“Thank you, Austin, for the 13 years of happy hours, brunches, and all the great memories. It was an honored to be part of this East Side community ❤,” the restaurant’s Facebook post said.
The restaurant locations in Westlake and San Marcos are staying in business and open their doors on Friday, May 1 for pick-up and delivery.
Botticelli’s South Congress
Botticelli’s, the Italian cuisine restaurant on South Congress Avenue, is closing permanently on Sunday, July 19, according to the restaurant’s Instagram.
The food and wine spot on South Congress was in business for 13 years.
“We don’t have the words currently to tell you how much this community has meant to us. We are so grateful to everyone who has ever walked through our doors,” the post reads.
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We assume you’ve heard by now that Botticellis will be closing it’s doors this Sunday. We don’t have the words currently to tell you how much this community has meant to us. We are so grateful to everyone who has ever walked through our doors. We will be open through Sunday. Please come by if you’d like to say goodbye. Love. Always much love.
Buffalo Billiards, a pool hall and bar located on East 6th Street, made the announcement on Facebook Sept. 22 that it would close for good.
Buffalo Billiards temporarily closed back in March when COVID-19 restrictions were ramping up, before deciding to shut down permanently.
“After 21 years on historic Sixth Street, Buffalo Billiards has made the difficult decision to close for good. We appreciate the support that we have always received from the Austin community,” the business wrote.
Buzz Mill Shady
One location of Buzz Mill Coffee, on Seventh Street and Shady Lane, will close permanently, according to an Instagram post April 23. The location had been open since Halloween 2019.
Owner Jason J. Sabala wrote that it was a difficult decision, but an opportunity to “double down on what we all long for, now more than ever, COMMUNITY.”
“We have all heard that we are all in the ‘same boat’ during this,” he wrote. “The reality is we are NOT in the same boat but rather all in the SAME STORM. Our commitment at Buzz Mill to those in our neighborwoods and community is to still be standing here when each of you reach port on your own timeline. Whether it being the first person thru the door for a Bear Hug on Comeback Night or the last one out there still getting burgers and beer delivered to your doorstep by us this Fall. We will be here.”
The bowling alley with some of the city’s most popular enchiladas shut its doors July 17.
“I feel sad, I feel heartbroken,” he said. “There’s a certain amount of guilt, wishing I’d been able to find a way to keep it together,” co-owner Jon Donovan said.
Enchiladas Y Mas
The 26-year-old Mexican restaurant Enchiladas Y Mas announced on Facebook that it would close permanently. The family had planned to close the restaurant in June when the lease ran out, but instead simply won’t reopen after the forced coronavirus closure.
The popular deli shop in West Campus announced on April 21 that it will close permanently. Fricano’s has operated since 2006 and out of its current building since 2011. In a Facebook post, Fricano’s owners said, “We have loved getting to know you, your families, friends and co-workers… Please stay in touch. We want to see how you are and know you are ok.”
Fricano’s also announced plans for a livestream to auction off memorabilia at a TBD date.
Full English, a British cafe in south Austin, announced on Instagram that it will be permanently closing its doors on July 19 at 5 p.m. due to business struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have fought hard and struggled on through the lockdown and restrictions, but it recently became clear that we could not afford to continue,” the post reads. “We will never forget the incredible support you gave us over the past 10 years, and we’ll leave with so many happy memories.”
Holy Roller, a downtown Austin diner on Rio Grande Street inspired by punk rock, announced it was closing on Facebook on Oct. 18.
“I am so fortunate in this life to have been a part of something so spectacular, and I am eternally grateful for the friendships and partnerships that have carried me through this whirlwind,” founder Callie Speer wrote in a post.
The restaurant will be holding brunch for the last time Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25, according to the Facebook post.
East Austin brewery Hops & Grains announced in December it would close its Austin taproom and instead focus its efforts on producing and distributing its beer.
“Since May, our taproom has struggled to get by. And after ceasing operations at our San Marcos production facility earlier this year, we’ve been unable to fill orders from distributors and retailers, leaving us solely reliant on taproom revenue for our survival,” it wrote on its website.
However, it said it had “quite a few plans in the works for 2021” and that although its taproom has to close, it won’t go anywhere.
Owner James Holmes confirmed to KXAN on Thursday that the Lucy’s Fried Chicken location on Lake Travis will close permanently.
He said they gave takeout and delivery options a shot, but just couldn’t make it work.
Missing out on the spring break crowd led to the location’s demise, Holmes said. The money they bring in during that week helps them plan for the rest of the year, and keeps them going during the winter months.
Three other Lucy’s locations — South Congress, Burnet and Cedar Park — are open with limited indoor and patio seating. Holmes said those locations are “doing well with the help of their loyal customers.”
On April 16, Magnolia Cafe West’s owner posted on Facebook, saying, ““in the face of such a huge hit with the reality of COVID-19 and the incredible uncertainty of the future, we’ve had to confront the fact that this location will not survive.”
The cafe on Lake Austin Boulevard had been in business for 41 years.
On Sept. 11, the live music venue announced it was permanently closing its doors on Facebook.
“During these very dark times that are decimating one business after another out there, it seems we are not immune to its painful sting,” the venue wrote. “It’s been a long road for us over the last decade, and we’ve held on as long as possible, but it is with a very heavy heart that we must sadly announce that The North Door is permanently closing its doors.”
The venue thanked its staff, clients and patrons in the post.
The almost-21-year-old brewery announced March 27 it would close. Its founder told Craft Beer Austin, “After grueling hours of thought and consideration, given the unpredictable and unknowable continuing circumstances of Covid, we made the difficult choice to turn off the taps at North by Northwest.”
It announced on Instagram it would be selling its equipment from April 21 to 25.
Threadgill’s announced April 21 that it would shut down its North Lamar Boulevard location permanently. The space began as a filling station in 1933 and became a restaurant in 1981.
Threadgill’s also closed its Riverside location in December 2018.
The LGBTQ+ bar on 4th Street made the decision to close permanently after nearly four years open, according to an Instagram post. They said it was due to COVID-19 restrictions on capacity.
The iconic Austin restaurant on Barton Springs Road is shutting down operations effective immediately on May 11.