I was looking back at some of my old blog posts and realized I have a small graveyard of businesses that are no more. I’d like to pay tribute to our fallen friends.
Hill Country Pierogi might have been the first blogger tasting I attended. It was where I first met Epicuriosities, Mike Galante, and Jane Ko. The food was really delicious and truly a labor of love. It was clear that the demands of running a food truck were stressful on the owners and they were looking forward to taking a break and then reopening as a brick and mortar. Only they never returned. It was a real loss for East Austin.
Another truck that I loved and lost was Yumé Burger. The popular truck always had a line. No one saw their demise coming. But as quickly as they came, they were gone.
This last food truck story has a happier ending. While I was afraid that Michi Ramen may disappear forever, they indeed came back. Their brick and mortar regularly has a wait to get in and they are important part of the ramen landscape in Austin. They were also the first of my many ramen posts.
The closing that was the hardest for me was Titaya’s. It’s been a year since they were closing “temporarily” closing for renovations, and Austin’s collective heart sank when month after month there was no evidence of the renovations starting. When equally popular sister restaurant SPIN Modern Thai closed, it shed a little light on what happened to both places. I’m happy to say that there is construction happening at Titaya’s, and while they’ve missed their anticipated reopening date, I’m hopeful that they will be back soon.
I’m not sure what happened to Mizu Prime Steak and Sushi, but shortly after the media tasting I attended, I heard they were done. It’s rare that I make it out to Lakeway for a meal and I suspect other Austinites are the same. Maybe it was simply the location.
After two not-too-impressive experiences at Hugo’s, I wasn’t surprised when they closed the doors. Sometimes, despite the best intentions, it just doesn’t come together the way it should.
The final business that I blogged about that is no longer in business was a sad one. Mel’s Meals may just have had too much competition in Austin. But I believe it’s not the last we’ll hear from Mel.
It’s a shame to see these places come and go, but such is life. Did you have any favorites to go out of business?