Goodbye, Isla

Hot downtown Austin restaurant and bar abruptly closes its doors

Hot downtown Austin restaurant and bar abruptly closes its doors

Isla cocktail bar Austin
Isla is now closed. Isla Austin/Facebook

Tiki time in the Warehouse District has come to an end. Isla, sister spot to nearby Péchéannounced its immediate shutter via social media on Monday, May 15.

A reason for the abrupt farewell was not provided, but we do know Isla has undergone a lot of change during its two-year run. The island-themed concept opened on Fourth Street in 2015. Last year, it morphed into a more focused Peruvian concept, under the direction of Lima native Julio César Flórez Zaplana. The kitschy bar also boasted a wide variety of imported rums, fruity cocktails, and Tiki drinks.

"It was my pleasure and honor to bring Peruvian food of this quality to this city. I hope to do it again soon, it has always been my mission, and I know I won a lot of hearts during this short period," said Zaplana in the announcement.

This is the second high-profile closure at 208 W. Fourth St. Pleasant Storage Room opened in 2014 to much fanfare, only to close one year later. There's no word yet on what will take over the space.

Péché should not be affected by Isla's closure.