Out of steam

Number's up for downtown Austin restaurant as payment issue boils over

Number's up for downtown Austin restaurant as payment issue boils over

Boiler Nine interior
February 23 will be the last service at downtown's Boiler Nine Bar + Grill. Photo courtesy of Boiler Nine Bar + Grill

A payment issue between the owners and operating managers of a mainstay Seaholm District restaurant is bubbling over. On February 19, La Corsha Hospitality Group president Jeff Trigger announced that Boiler Nine Bar + Grill will be shuttering on February 23 after a less than three-year run.

According to the statement, La Corsha — who served as the management and consultants on the project — decided to close the eatery due to unpaid management fees from owners Boiler Nine Partners Ltd. The partnership, who own the Boiler Nine name, is in ongoing conversations with the landlord, Columbia Texas Seaholm Office Properties, to decide if the eatery will ultimately carry on under different management.

Boiler Nine was one of the splashiest entries into the dining scene when it debuted in July 2016. The ambitious project included three separate concepts: the main Boiler Nine Bar + Grill, a casual rooftop lounge named Deck Nine Observatory Bar, and a subterranean tavern deemed The Boiler Room.

It also came with some major talent from the trio of executive chef and Second Bar + Kitchen alum Jason Stude, acclaimed barman Jason Stevens, and lauded sommelier Paula Rester. Inspired by the building’s power plant roots, the savory menu heavily used wood-fired cooking, helping the technique it into vogue in the Capital City.

In the statement, Trigger says La Corsha is working to immediately place all of Boiler Nine’s employees in new positions across the company. 

Meanwhile, business will continue as usual at the groups popular Austin restaurants, including three locations of Second Bar + Kitchen and Mattie’s at Green Pastures. La Corsha’s East Austin Hotel is also set to open in late February with three food and beverage concepts.