AUSTIN, Texas — As restaurants were forced to shutter their doors due to the coronavirus that struck in March, many Austin businesses were not able to survive the lack of customers.
Even though state orders were later revised to allow for to-go and deliveries, it still wasn't enough to save a handful of businesses in the Austin area.
Here's a running list of locations we will continue to update as the pandemic wears on:
According to a post on Facebook on May 1, Blue Dahlia Bistro is closing its East Austin location after 13 years.
The cafe's other two locations in San Marcos and West Lake Hills will remain open, the restaurant said.
“With the heaviest of hearts, we regret to announce our original East Side location will not be reopening. 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 Facebook post said.
On May 7, North Austin gay bar BT2 posted on social media that it would be closing for good.
After launching a GoFundMe campaign to keep afloat, the bar provided the following statement:
"We are saddened to have to permanently close our doors. A proper love letter to all our customers (bt2 family) will come...in the meantime, contribute if you can. If you can’t we understand the hardships many of you may have and if you already contributed, your generosity is deeply appreciated."
According to The Austin Chronicle, the popular coffee shop will be closing its newest location at East Seventh Street and Shady Lane.
Founder Jason Sabala told The Chronicle the decision was an easy one, allowing him to focus on the preservation of the larger Buzz Mill business.
Buzz Mill has another location on Riverside Drive.
The popular Mexican food joint that often crowded streets off of West Anderson Lane announced on Facebook it would be permanently closing on April 19.
After the death of a family member, COVID-19 struck, which led the owners to decide not to renew their upcoming lease.
"Before his death, we already knew that when our lease ended, June 2020, we would have no intention of signing a new lease," they wrote. "This decision has been in the works for over a year and has nothing to do with our landlord, he’s been fair to us all these years. This was our decision."
But they said due to the virus, they would be closing earlier than planned. However, family members are in talks to buy the business back.
Popular West Campus deli Fricano's announced in late April it too would be shuttering.
"We are deeply saddened to announce, despite every effort to make it work, that we will have to close our doors permanently," said the owners in a Facebook post.
Many University of Texas students were also saddened by the news, taking to Twitter to share their thoughts and feelings on the loss.
On Thursday, May 14, chef James Holmes confirmed with our partners at The Austin American-Statesman that Lucy's Fried Chicken in Lakeway has closed permanently.
Holmes told The Statesman the restaurant had struggled since dining rooms were forced to close in March and without the rush of spring break customers. Lucy's Fried Chicken has occupied the space on Lake Travis since it took over from Iguana Grill in 2016.
The restaurant's South Congress, Burnet Road and Cedar Park locations have all reopened with limited capacity seating after Gov. Greg Abbott allowed the state's stay-at-home order to expire on May 1.
Like Buzz Mill, Magnolia Cafe is also closing one of its locations.
On April 17, KVUE reported that the owners cited financial issues related to the pandemic as the reason it decided to close down its Lake Austin Boulevard location.
The popular South Congress Avenue location will remain in operation.
The North Austin brewpub North by Northwest, much like the similarly named South by Southwest festival, was also hit hard by the pandemic this year.
According to the Austin American-Statesman, the 20-year-old restaurant and craft beer connoisseur is also closing down permanently.
Austin360's report stated that Shady Grove was home to the longest-running free live music series in Austin, Unplugged at the Grove.
Sky Cinemas of Dripping Springs announced on its website that it too has closed permanently due to rent problems caused by COVID-19. Read its full statement below:
"We regret to announce that Sky Cinemas has closed permanently.
We closed our business temporarily on March 18, 2020, the day a Hays County court issued an order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 persons. We supported that order as we support all efforts to manage this public health crisis.
We had eagerly looked forward to the day when we could safely re-open Sky Cinemas. Sadly, that day will not come. With our business closed due to COVID and no revenue coming in, we were unable to pay our rent. We attempted to reach an arrangement with our landlord that would allow us to stay, but we failed to do so, and our lease was terminated.
We love Dripping Springs, and are proud of what we built with this community. We set out to develop the finest family cinema ever created. We sought to establish a place where Dripping Springs’ families would come together as a community. Our cinema became what we hoped it would.
The landlord is now looking for a replacement cinema operator. We hope that the new operator will build upon what we started and will continue to deliver to Dripping Springs the level of cinema experience it deserves.
And last but not least, we are grateful to our Sky Cinemas team members. These wonderful people are passionate about this community and worked hard every day to deliver the finest cinema experience to everyone who walked through our doors.
Thank you for your support, Dripping Springs. We will miss you. We are proud to have been your cinema."
To old Austin's dismay, the iconic music venue and eatery Threadgill's also fell victim to COVID-19.
It's original North Lamar location will officially be closing its doors. Threadgill's World Headquarters, its second lcoation on Riverside Drive, closed in late 2018.
Legends like Janis Joplin and ZZ Top have all made appearances at Threadgill's "Old No. 1."
Nestled at Burnet and U.S. 183, Veracruz is closing down one of its brick-and-mortar locations as developers make way for a new condominium development.
But don't fear, the tasty tacos will still be available in East Austin, South Austin and Round Rock.
Vulcan Video, yet another Austin original, will also be closing up shop.
"Despite the community support and the enduring value of our film collection, the business, as it is, does not generate the income to support itself. It's the perfect storm to call it a day," wrote co-owner Dian Donnell in an email to employees.
The video store first opened in 1985, when VHS tapes had first hit the shelves.
“Thank you to all the customers because they made this happen. If they hadn’t come in and rented movies, it wouldn’t have lasted at all," Donnell told KVUE.
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