Because of Coronavirus, Austin Restaurant Are Closing Temporarily

Nadia Chaudhury

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues, Austin restaurants, bars, and food trucks are taking it upon themselves to close temporarily in order to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The city had ordered all Austin restaurant dining rooms to close immediately as of Tuesday, March 17, but restaurants and food trucks can remain open for takeout/delivery/curbside pickup service. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also allowed restaurants to reopen for dine-in service as of Friday, May 1, at 25 percent capacity.

In light of these orders, many restaurants are choosing to stay closed temporarily (no takeout service) during this time, with the idea that they will reopen once it is safe to do so, and Eater is tracking these places below.

There are also restaurants that have closed permanently because of the pandemic. For restaurants switching takeout/pickup options, Eater has it covered over here.

Austin Restaurant/Bar/Food Truck Shutters:

Downtown Southern restaurant Olamaie closed in March for now.
Essential cocktail bar Small Victory is now closed temporarily.
Dripping Springs distillery Deep Eddy Vodka closed down its tasting room as of last week.
MLK brewery Oddwood Ales is closing its tasting room as of on Tuesday, March 17.
Far north Austin Chinese restaurant Asia Market is closing after dinner service as of Sunday, March 15, as noted by Statesman critic Matthew Odam.
Breakfast truck Paperboy closed up both of its location (one on East 12th, the other on South Lamar) as of Sunday, March 15.
Since the Austin Public Library is closing on Monday, March 16, on-site restaurant Cookbook Cafe will close as well.
Austin venues The Continental Club, C-Boy’s Heart and Soul, The Continental Gallery, and The Jade Room are closing on Monday, March 16. It’s aiming to reopen after Sunday, March 22, but that is subject to change.
South Austin Thai truck Dee Dee is closing temporarily as of Monday, March 16.
Most New Waterloo restaurants (minus Cafe No Se and Goodall’s Kitchen) are closed too.
Favorite neighborhood bar Nickel City is now closed and had to temporarily lay off its employees.
As part of Flagship Restaurant Group’s nationwide shutter, downtown restaurant and bar Anthem is closed for now.
Tex-Mex restaurant El Patio closed temporarily as well.
Downtown restaurants Arlo Grey and Dean’s One Trick Pony are temporarily closed until further notice at the Line Austin Hotel. However, coffee shop Alfred remains open.
Clarksville Southern-Asian restaurant Bar Peached is closed for now, and its sibling location Peached Tortilla at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is closed too.
Downtown French restaurant and bar Peche is closing for now until further notice and notes that there are “opportunities to compensate” its employees in the meantime, according to a rep.
East Austin prix fixe restaurant Eden East closed, but its farmers market is still opening on Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for now.
Downtown restaurant Swift’s Attic is closed until further notice.
North Austin cidery Fairweather Cider closed down its tasting room, but notes that its ciders will be found at H-E-B and Whole Foods.
South Austin vegetarian restaurant Bouldin Creek is closed for now too.
After trying takeout coffee, tiny East Austin coffee shop Fleet had to close.
All East Austin Hotel restaurants and bars — Sixth and Waller, The Upside, and Pool Bar — are closed.
The same applies to Arrive East Austin restaurants and bars: Vixen’s Wedding, Lefty’s Brick Bar, and Gin Bar.

South Lamar restaurant Eberly closed too.
South Austin brewery Skull Mechanix Brewing closed up its taproom.
Most locations of the Austin-based movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse (minus the Slaughter Lane and Lakeline one) and AFS Cinema are both closed.
Crestview hot pot restaurant DipDipDip Tatsu-ya isn’t open either.
Downtown bar Roosevelt Room and its next-door space The Eleanor are both closed.
For the first time in 55 years, South Austin honky tonk Broken Spoke is now temporarily closed.
Rosedale bakery Fluff Meringues shuttered its doors for now.
Longtime diner The Omelettry had to close its doors temporarily.
After attempting takeout service, South Austin Mexican restaurant El Naranjo is now closed.
South Austin hotel bar Hotel San Jose is now closed to the public.
Rainey Street hotel restaurant Geraldine’s is closed too.
South Austin coffee shop and beer bar Spokesman Coffee is pausing for now.
Downtown food hall Fareground is closed.
East Austin barbecue truck Kerlin BBQ is now closed too.
The Driskill hotel restaurant 1886 Cafe & Bakery is closed.
Micklethwait’s truck Taco Bronco is closed (but the original barbecue truck remains open).
All Fairmont Hotel restaurants and bars (minus Good Things cafe) are closed.
Riverside bar Frazier’s is closed for now too.
Vegan bakery Zucchini Kill is briefly closed for now.
Clarksville restaurant Cafe Josie is pausing for now too.
South Austin Italian restaurant Enoteca Vespaio is closed.
Likewise, North Loop bar Drink.Well closed down after offering to-go orders for a period of time.
All locations of Poke Bowl are now closed.
After offering to-go orders for a bit, North Shoal Creek Filipino restaurant Be More Pacific is now closed after Saturday, March 21.
Both locations of pizzeria and shop Little Deli are closed as of this weekend.
East Riverside-Oltorf taco truck La Tunita 512 is closed too, after staying open for a bit.
After pivoting to a drive-thru system for a short while, South Lamar coffee shop Patika is now closed.
East Austin vegan bar and restaurant Last Straw closed up, temporary walk-up window and all.
Both South Lamar bar Black Sheep Lodge and Cherrywood bar Haymaker are closed for now.
All-hours diner Magnolia Cafe closed down on South Congress.
South Lamar restaurant Odd Duck is closed.
While doughnut restaurant Gourdough’s is closed on South Lamar, its South First trailer is still open.
After offering takeout for a bit, Sunset Valley brunch restaurant The Funkadelic decided to close as of Tuesday, March 24.
After offering curbside pickup beers, Dripping Springs brewery Family Business Beer Co. decided to close as of Wednesday, March 25.
East Austin restaurant Pitchfork Pretty closed as of the Tuesday, March 17.
Even though Epoch Coffee decided to close down its drive-thrus, it’s still selling its coffee beans via shipping.
Both locations of Second Bar + Kitchen are closed for now, though its airport location remains open.
West Austin German restaurant Fabi & Rosi is now closed, after offering takeout service and curbside deliveries for a bit.
Upscale Allandale Mexican restaurant Fonda San Miguel is now closed for now, after offering curbside pickups for a short while.
South Austin hotel Carpenter Hotel and restaurant Carpenters Hall and coffee shop Hot L Coffee are closed for now.
Downtown hotel restaurant Stella San Jac is also closed for now.
Quarry restaurant Provision is now closed after offering curbside pickups for a bit.

Confituras sold off everything it had in stock and closed its doors and webstore as of March 31 for now.
East Austin restaurant Hillside Farmacy closed in mid-March temporarily.
East Cesar Chavez taco truck Las Trancas closed in mid-Mach as well, but is aiming to reopen at the end of April.
East Sixth Tex-Mex restaurant Tamale House East decided to temporarily close (after offering takeout for a bit) at the end of March.
North Lamar Chinese restaurant New Fortune is closed for now.
Both locations of Indian restaurant Bombay Bistro’s South Lamar Boulevard location is closed temporarily.
After offering curbside pickups and the such for a bit, McGuire Moorman Hospitality’s downtown barbecue restaurant Lamberts is now closed as of Tuesday, April 14, as is Austin Motel restaurant Joann’s as of Saturday, April 18.
East Austin bar and burrito spot Troublemaker is pausing its takeout service for now.
Spicewood Springs restaurants Apis and Pizzeria Sorellina closed in late March after offering takeout service for a bit.
Diner Counter Cafe closed its North Lamar location and East Sixth locations for now, but its West 29th Street restaurant is open for takeout service.
Hot chicken spot Tumble 22 re-debuted that long-announced Manor Road truck in the parking lot of sibling restaurant Salty Sow for four days before it decided to briefly close on Thursday, April 16.

The Fairmont Hotel closed up its curbside pickup food program.
The Windsor Park location of Cenote is now temporarily closed.
Sunset Valley coffee shop Stouthaus closed for now, after offering takeout drinks and the such for a bit.

Know of any other Austin restaurants temporarily closing due to concerns over novel coronavirus? Let Eater know through the tipline or via austin@eater.com





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