Continuing with our end-of-the year coverage, (see Some Things That Happened in Austin in 2012,) here is a long list of local things we are saying goodbye to in 2012. There were plenty of notable closings in Austin over the past 12 months, including some of our favorite bars, restaurants and music venues. This is just our small way of showing them tribute.
| Lovejoys |
The beloved Lovejoys Taproom kicked the bucket on August 5th, 2012. A true dive bar for fans of good beer and rowdy live music, Lovejoys stuck it out for 18 years in an unassuming building at 604 Neches, providing an authentic alternative to the fake IDs and themed bars of Dirty 6th.
| Momo’s |
After 11 years of providing a home to some of Austin’s best folk, country and singer-songwriters, Momo’s closed on December 27, 2011 with a show featuring Suzanna Choffel. Former owner Paul Oveisi has since gone on to run a music venue in New York, bringing Austin’s laid back vibe to the Big Apple. We heard a rumor that some guy from Dallas was planning on reopening the location as a rooftop pool/bar/petting zoo.
| Trophy’s |
Trophy’s began serving up cold beer and performances from garage and rock ‘n roll bands back in the early 90s. It survived until May of 2012, when it was reported that the South Congress dive bar would close and re-open as C-Boy’s, a collaborative effort from the owner of the Continental Club and Larry McGuire. But word on the street is that the building is being condemned. Are you thinking what we’re thinking? Yep, they could just reopen Trophy’s as is. No one was that bothered by the cockroaches anyway.
| Ruta Maya |
The Ruta Maya coffeehouse at Penn Field on South Congress closed on August 31st, 2012. The longtime importing-and-roasting facility also hosted all manner of community events and provided a venue for a wide variety of artists, from singer-songwriters to hip-hop and reggae, both local and touring. One of the many memorable nights at Ruta Maya was the Zeppelin Hoot Full Moon Party, which was voted Best Local Show of 2007 in the Austin Chronicle Critics Poll.
| Emo’s on Red River |
After some 19 years on the block, Emo’s on Red River closed its doors on December 31st, 2011. This original rock club had more history and character oozing from its walls (and urinal) than just about any other place in town. After opening its doors in 1992, the venue helped build the Red River music scene and hosted some of the biggest names in the business. Emo’s on Red River is survived by its big brother, Emo’s on East Riverside.
| Beauty Bar |
After 5 years at its location on 7th St and Red River, Beauty Bar Austin shut its doors shortly after SXSW 2012. It was the most glittery place in town to drink, dance, smoke, and get your hair/nails done. It was also host to that DFA 1979 show that caused a riot. Beauty Bar is survived by its swanky big brother, Beauty Ballroom, located next to Emo’s on Riverside.
| Skinny’s Ballroom |
Skinny’s Ballroom had a short yet popular run. Opened in February 2010, this bar and music venue was located off the corner of 2nd and San Jacinto in a seemingly doomed location that has seen multiple businesses (Hank’s Garage, Deja Vu) come and go over the years. Skinny’s closed after their July 28, 2012 show, but in their 2+ year run they booked tons of local bands, which were often recorded live and streamed online.
| The Murals On The Railroad Bridge Over Lady Bird Lake |
The murals that adorned the Union Pacific Railroad Trestle over Town Lake were painted over by a maintenance crew in October. ”Focus One Point and Breathe” and “Let’s Pretend We’re Robots” were long-time features of the rail bridge, in full view of the Lamar Boulevard Bridge and the Pflueger Pedestrian Bridge. Thanks to coverage from the Austinist, we know they’re gone but not forgotten.
| South Lamar As We Know It |
The Lamar Plaza shopping center that houses the Alamo Drafthouse and the Highball will undergo an on-again off-again transformation tha calls for more than 400 apartments, along with retail shops and restaurants. Further south, the iconic Broken Spoke dance hall will be surrounded by a $60 million project — tentatively named The 704 — consisting of 350+ apartments and about 20,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space. The South Lamar Trailer Bazaar came and went, and the corner of Manchaca and S. Lamar is currently being razed.
| Cheapo Records |
Cheapo Records will be closing on Christmas Eve. The 15-year-old retail store at 915 North Lamar will soon join several other Austin record stores that were unable to survive the digital music age, including BackSpin Records, Sound on Sound, and Sound Exchange. Fun fact: Their location on North Lamar was previously home to the Mother Earth nightclub, where Austin psychedelic rockers 13 Floor Elevators played in the early 1970s.
| Only Having 1 Area Code |
Our two-year-old April Fools’ Day joke has actually come true, and Austin is getting a new area code. That’s some bad karma. And it’s 737, which doesn’t rhyme with “Do”, so I guess we’ll stick with what we’ve got. If you are OG and have a 512 number, you’ll need to start dialing all ten digits starting in June of 2013. The new area code will start being distributed on July 1st, 2013.
| One Weekend of Austin City Limits Music Festival |
The Austin City Limits Music Festival will expand to two weekends in 2013. The festival will run Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13 in Zilker Park, and both weekends will feature essentially the same lineup. What remains a mystery is what all of these bands are going to do during the six days between performances. Do512 Lounge Sessions anyone?
| Some Food and Restaurants We’ll Miss |
- Bottomless Mimosas at Tacos & Tequila (TABC apparently cracked down)
- Zen on South Congress (except Lucky Robot is way better)
- Casita Taco on South Lamar (big breakfast tacos and fiery hot salsa)
- JMueller BBQ (now La Barbecue “Cuisine Texicana”)
- Sundayz Soul Food Trailer at Volstead Lounge (fantastic chicken sandwiches)
- The Broken Yolk (unforgettable breakfast sammies)
- The Screaming Goat (cheap beer specials, floating flautas, and killer trivia)
- Bite Mi on Guadalupe (cheapest bahn-mi in town?)
- Artz Rib House (the bluegrass and brisket nachos were a delight)
- La Boite on South Congress (we’ll miss their iced coffee and macaroons)
- Zandunga Mexican Bistro (their bread pudding was incredible)
- East Side Drive In Food Trailer Park (Bits And Druthers et al)
| A Couple Of Things We Might Not Miss |