Z’Tejas prepares to shut down original downtown Austin location

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The initial Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill, a fixture on West Sixth Road for 33 many years, is on keep track of to close by subsequent March to make way for a new authentic estate growth.

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Z’Tejas co-operator Randy Cohen verified the impending closure right after asserting it in a Fb post on July 5. He says the iconic Southwestern cafe, housed in two attached decades-previous structures, will be shuttered someday between December 31 and March 31.

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“Everybody form of understood it was coming,” Cohen claims. “[We] really do not have the dirt. So when you do not personal the dust, you really do not have command.”

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The operator of the Z’Tejas house, Larry McGuire of Austin’s McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality, strategies to tear down the Z’Tejas composition, according to Cohen. It is not recognised still what will be built in its place. A consultant of the hospitality group couldn’t be reached for remark.

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A different restaurant could occupy the site, as McGuire Moorman Lambert owns and operates far more than 15 eateries in the Austin place. They involve Elizabeth Avenue Café, Jeffrey’s Restaurant & Bar, Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, Perla’s Oyster Bar, and Swedish Hill.

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Cohen states Austin-centered Z’Tejas is now seeking a new location in or around downtown Austin for the quickly-to-be-displaced restaurant, which opened in 1989.

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“We’d love to nevertheless be downtown,” Cohen claims.

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The prepared shutdown of the West Sixth locale “touches the heart a small little bit,” Cohen says, as it is been the web page of several very first dates, marriage proposals, birthday dinners, and other particular events.

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Z’Tejas operates a single other cafe in Austin the Avery Ranch site opened in May possibly. A new Z’Tejas is established to debut in Kyle all around the time that the West Sixth place closes, Cohen suggests. Z’Tejas also operates two areas in the Phoenix spot, with a 3rd location in the works there.

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In 2018, a new possession team such as Cohen bought four Z’Tejas restaurants out of personal bankruptcy. Amid those people places to eat had been the West Sixth locale and the now-shuttered place in the Arboretum.

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Below new ownership, Z’Tejas has produced numerous variations, these kinds of as revamping the menu, sprucing up cafe interiors, and incorporating stay music.

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“The food’s amazing — even greater than it ever was,” Cohen states.

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In 2017, the prior proprietor shut the Z’Tejas place at Avery Ranch, alongside with three locations in Arizona. Individuals closures arrived amid the 2nd of two Z’Tejas individual bankruptcy circumstances.