Austin will suffer another restaurant closure. Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano will shutter after Father's Day service, a representative confirms with CultureMap. The reason? The downtown Austin property has been sold.
Chef Carmelo Mauro opened the Austin outpost inside the historic Depot Hotel building on Fifth Street in 1985. During its 32-year stint, the Italian eatery was a favorite for everyone from Texas politicians to local love birds. The original Carmelo's, opened in 1981 in Houston's Memorial neighborhood, will not be affected by the Austin closure.
The future of the Depot Hotel, a registered Texas Historic Landmark that dates back to the 1870s, is uncertain. According to the Travis County Appraisal District, the property has been purchased by Houston-based AHC-Seazen ODH LLC. Between 2012 and 2016, the value of 504 E. Fifth St. has risen from $2.9 million to over $5 million.
Carmelo's isn't the first dining mainstay to shutter this year. El Gallo closed in January after six decades of service, citing rising prices.
Austinites have between now and Sunday, June 18, to enjoy their last meal at Carmelo's.