Longtime Austin chain permanently closes 3 locations due to pandemic

Austin Java, the local cafe that has kept locals busy since 1995, is closing three locations. The company made the announcement on Tuesday, Aug. 4, via social media, citing the economic impact of the ongoing pandemic as the reason for the shutters.

“It was a tough couple of months for us,” said the final statement. A representative did not immediately return a request for additional information.

With immediate effect, Austin Java has closed its Town Hall at 301 W. Second St. his Met Center business at 7701 Metropolis Dr .; and the Dripping Springs locale, which had only been open for two years.

Despite the setback, the company said it will “find some new places to rebuild post-COVID” and urged fans to visit its location at 5404 Menchaca Rd, adding that it “will appreciate it.” “[s] Your loyal support. “

It has been a tumultuous couple of years for the Austin company, beginning in 2017 when the company closed its flagship location near 12th Street in Clarksville. About half a year later, it closed its Barton Springs Road Shop, another prominent location. At the time, Louis Cantu, director of operations at Austin Java, told CultureMap that property taxes had risen so much that the company was facing either a shutdown or a sharp rise in prices.

However, the closings also come with some successes, including a new store at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport that opened in May 2019 and the Menchaca room that opened in late 2018.

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