Hill’s Cafe closing to make way for new development


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A south Austin restaurant that’s been open for business since 1947 is closing to make way for development in the area.

Ellis Winstanley, a part owner of Hill’s Cafe since 2012, said it will close Wednesday night. The Goodnight family, which also has ownership, decided to develop the land at 4700 South Congress Ave. It has faced a large increase in property taxes.

Winstanley said he hopes Hill’s will return as part of the new development, but there are no guarantees.

Other well-known Austin restaurants have also shut down in the past year because of rising costs. Austin Java closed its Barton Springs location in June. At the end of July, the NightHawk Frisco restaurant closed because of “changing demographics, increasing competition, and an already tight labor market.” 

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