Austin Taco Restaurant in Fareground Food Hall Closes

The acclaimed butcher and restaurant Dai Due closed their booth in downtown Austin, Dai Due Taqueria, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The fast-casual restaurant, located in Fareground at 111 Congress Avenue, had been temporarily closed since March.

“After much deliberation and due to COVID-19 difficulties, Dai Due Taqueria is finally closed,” co-owners Jesse Griffiths and Tamara Mayfield said in a statement shared with Eater. The restaurant was one of the original vendors to open with the Food Hall’s debut in 2017. (Opening day was so busy it ran out of meat.)

To keep Dai Due Taqueria’s tacos, flautas, and sopes available, the original Cherrywood restaurant has a special menu every Tuesday. Nixtamalized corn tortillas from the Nixta Taqueria restaurant in East Austin are also used for these items. Dai Due is currently open for takeaway and dining on the terrace.

This is the second official restaurant closure in Fareground during the pandemic. The Ni-Kome Japanese restaurant closed in August for similar reasons, as co-owners Kayo Asazu and Takehiro Asazu (who also run the Kome Japanese restaurant and Sa-Ten Japanese cafe) explained. They also closed another of their projects, the Daruma ramen shop in downtown Austin, in June due to the pandemic.

Fareground is operated by the Austin restaurant group ELM. Currently, the only restaurant open in the downtown food hall is the Israeli spot TLV, which only serves takeout orders. While Emmer & Rye’s fast-casual Henbit restaurant doesn’t serve takeout orders, people can still have the popular monster biscuits shipped. The rest of the stores – the downtown Contigo branch, the Congress Avenue branch of ELM’s Italian restaurant Italic and two bars – will be temporarily closed.

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