Oh ever-changing Austin! So many new and exciting restaurants, shops and establishments pop up each month, but so comes the closure of some of our old-time favorites. Some of these places were beloved Austin staples that served the community for decades, others maybe barely visited, or so quick to open and close we hardly had the chance to love ’em. Regardless, we say a fond farewell and pay tribute to them here. Here’s to the places we lost in 2018!

  • Threadgill’s (Downtown)
  • Frank and Angie’s (Downtown)
  • Galaxy Cafe (Triangle)
  • Bribery Bakery (Wells Branch & Mueller)
  • Dolce Vita Gelato & Espresso (Hyde Park)
  • In.gredients (Manor Rd.)

In.gredients, one of the country’s first “zero-waste” or “packaging-free” grocery stores, closed after 5 years.

  • El Chilito (Burnet Rd.)
  • Hill’s Cafe (South Congress Ave.)
  • Freedman’s BBQ (West Campus)
  • J.T. Youngblood’s (Mueller)
  • The Frisco (Burnet Rd.)

Goodbye to chicken-fried steaks and all the pies! The 65-year-old restaurant was part of the once-prosperous Night Hawk family of restaurants. Photo from The Frisco Shop’s Facebook page.

  • Austin Java (Barton Springs)
  • Conans Pizza Central (29th & Guadalupe)
  • Lucy’s On the Fly (S. Lamar)
  • The OG Torchy’s Trailer (S. 1st)
  • The Steeping Room (The Domain)
  • Midway Food Truck Park (S. Capital of Texas Highway)

Home to our annual Do512 Family Picnic, we were personally sad to see this food park closed to the public (now a private event space). Photo by Danielle Viator

  • Antonelli’s Cheese (The Fareground)
  • Bonhomie (Burnet Rd.)
  • Treehouse (Westgate Shopping Center)
  • Dance Across Texas Dance Hall (South Austin)
  • Sears (Lakeline & Tech Ridge)
  • Toys R Us (National)

Of course, this is not even close to all the local businesses that shuttered in 2018, but we give a nod of appreciation to all that came and went.