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Report: Z'Tejas to close original location on West Sixth Street

The restaurant chain's owner said the location will likely be bulldozed.

AUSTIN, Texas — A restaurant that has called West Sixth Street home for more than 30 years is closing its doors.

The Austin Business Journal (ABJ) reports that Z'Tejas will close its original location at 1110 West Sixth Street. The location opened in 1989.

Owner Randy Cohen told the ABJ that Z'Tejas will probably leave its West Sixth location by the end of this year or early next year. The existing building will likely be bulldozed to make way for something new.

"We knew it was coming; that building is so old, it's gotta' be wiped down," Cohen told the ABJ. "Repairs and maintenance cost 25% to 50% more than any other location. I mean, you're spending all your time putting Band-Aids on something when I don't own a property — it's not cost effective to do the things you want to do."

Cohen said he is looking for another downtown location, but he has seen several restaurants get pushed out of the area.

"Downtown, you see people crashing and burning all the time," Cohen told the ABJ.

Z'Tejas also has a location in Avery Ranch in northwest Austin and is planning to open a location in Kyle. The restaurant also has two locations in the Phoenix area.

To learn more, read the ABJ's full report.    

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