2014 was a big year for new bars and restaurants in Austin (much like, well... basically every year), but it also meant the end of the line for some Austin mainstays. Such is the circle of life. As 2015 looms near, we take a moment to remember those that we lost this year. Your food will live forever in our hearts. Because they are clogged.
Zilker The pizza actually wasn’t half bad, but apparently, their 4th of July Pizza Eating Contest didn’t keep enough people coming back the rest of the year.
University of Texas This Austin institution closed its doors after 33 years of serving delicious burgers and fries. It soothed many a hangover and made for a fine stop if you needed a pre-game bite. So long, enormous trays of nachos.
Veggie Heaven University of Texas So good you would forget you weren’t eating meat.
A-Ok Chinese Bouldin Creek They possibly embraced the "ok" portion of their name just a little too robustly.
Dog & Duck Pub
University of Texas We will miss those spot-on fish & chips, the fine beer selection, and, of course, that huge, free parking lot. Word is, they plan to reopen on the East Side -- so keep your greasy fingers crossed.
Rio’s Brazilian Café
East Austin Sadly, in a city that could use more varied ethnic cuisines, we lost Rio’s Brazilian Café. How will we go on without Pão de Queijo?
West Sixth District How could thoughtful cocktails and delicious small plates fail? You were gone too soon, Tapasitas, but we will remember you by your pork belly-topped pizza.
North Central After owner Robert Vasquez passed away, they decided to close the restaurant down, which meant Austin also lost some of the best cheap tacos and carne guisada around. Luckily, Robert’s family members still have Tamale House East running strong.
Barton Springs You had to love that quaint little coffee shop where many an Austin musician took the stage on open mic nights.
University of Texas The Dallas-based burger chain makes some serious burgers, but their location near the college might not have been the best choice. Word is, they plan on opening a new location further up in North Austin.
East Austin They had plates that would keep you full for days. They closed this year with plans to reopen at a new location in 2015, but it's taking too long. Please hurry, you’re the only Colombian restaurant in town!
Downtown They had an impressive selection of sushi and new-American dishes, along with some great cocktails. Why did you have to leave us? Why?!
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