We wrote a staggering number of restaurant and bar obituaries in 2012. Reasons for closure in a city as bustling as Austin are manifold:
1) Bulldozers. Rampant development in Austin means there will always be plenty closures relevant to increased property value. Old businesses scraping by on cheap rent are being shown the door for new, deep pocketed interests.
2) Owners that aren’t highly reactive. In Travis County, with over 3600 restaurants/bars it’s a dogfight on a daily basis. If you’re not savvy and fast moving you can go from success to failure in a matter of months. That $23 cheeseburger that used to fly out of the kitchen might need to be re-scaled. 3) Staff. Our favorite places see our repeated business cause we love their crew. Intelligent, articulate, motivated workers make the difference between your Hell hole and the guy down the street straining his back muscles toting out duffel bags filled with cash at the end of the night.
4) Establish, control, sustain. You’re responsible for the narrative of your restaurant/bar. If you’re not utilizing all the modern resources available to you you may as well start looking for another line of work cause I guarantee you the guy down the street is on top of the game.
We could go on and on-and probably already have-but without further ado: Here’s our top 5, most viewed obituaries we wrote this year.
The Death Of Dublin Dr Pepper http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2012/1/11/Rest-In-Peace-Dublin-Dr-Pepper-Bottling-Company?adminview=true
The Death of JMueller BBQ http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2012/11/1/RIP-Rest-In-Peace-JMueller-BBQ?adminview=true
The Death of Arkie’s Grill http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2012/9/23/RIP-Rest-In-Peace-Arkies-Grill?adminview=true
The Death of Jorge’s Restaurant http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2012/11/28/RIP-Rest-In-Peace-Jorges-Restaurant?adminview=true
The Death of Lovejoy’s Tap Room http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2012/7/16/The-End-Of-Austin-Texas-As-We-Know-It-Lovejoys-Is-Closing?adminview=true
We’ve got 2 places on deathwatch right now. We can’t write the obituaries just yet but our moles are reporting that 2 Austin restaurants are in their death throes. Let’s hope their owners can get their shit together so we don’t have to write anymore obituaries.