AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Java Barton Springs location is shutting down and moving even farther south.
The place to grab a bite to eat, a drink or (of course) a hot coffee has been in its Barton Springs location since 1995. The new location will be about four miles away, at 5404 Manchaca Rd.
“It has been an honor to serve our community for 20 years in such a special location,” the company wrote in a release posted to its Facebook page Monday. “Austin Java Barton Springs has been a place for first dates, patio people-watching, comedy nights, family reunions, business luncheons, and pet adoption to name a few.”
It said the costs of the Barton Springs location was the reason for the move, saying property taxes have increased as Austin grows at an “insane rate.” It said it would have to dramatically increase prices to be able to stay, and didn’t want to do that to its loyal customers. The restaurant also closed its location at North Lamar Boulevard and Parkway last year.
Austin Java joins the group of businesses like Over the Rainbow, Zingers, the Dog and Duck Pub, Uncommon Objects and the Flying Saucer that have either closed or moved due to rising costs.
There will be a celebration June 30 with specials and live music. July 1 will be the restaurant’s last day in that location.
“We could go on for hours about the love we have felt and the lessons we have learned without ever coming close to scratching the surface on the impression you as the community have left upon us,” Austin Java wrote.
Austin Java is also opening up a new location in the Met Center at 7701 Metropolis Dr. in early August, one near the Austin airport at 3600 Presidential Boulevard in September, as well as one in San Marcos on July 10.
“The spirit of Austin Java Barton Springs is something we all can keep alive by maintaining the connections of the people we met and grew to love there,” Austin Java wrote. “We hope to see your familiar faces at our new locations.”