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Iconic downtown burger joint closing after 80 years in Austin

Iconic downtown burger joint closing after 80 years in Austin

Hut's Hamburgers West Sixth original location
It's the end of an era for Hut's Hamburgers. Hut's Hamburgers/Facebook

It’s the end of an era for one of Austin’s most iconic burger joints. After 80 years in business, Hut’s Hamburgers at 807 W. Sixth St. will close in October. Favorite Package Store, a liquor shop that also sits on the property, will also shutter at the end of the year.

Hut’s first opened its doors on South Congress Avenue in 1939. Its current location opened in late 1969 after original owner Homer “Hut” Hutson bought the lease of the former Picante Mexican Restaurant.

Current owners Mike and Kim Hutchinson took over the business in 1981. The new owners famously weathered the great Memorial Day flood of that year with little damage, leading Texas Monthly to coin the motto “God Bless Hut’s.”

In a statement, Mike Hutchinson said it was time to let the long-running restaurant go. “Hut’s has been a major part of our lives, and we have loved running the business, but after 38 years, we are ready to move in a different direction,” he said. “We have an excellent relationship with our landlord, the Josephs, but it is just time for us to move on.”

In August 2018, the Hutchinsons closed downtown pizzeria Frank & Angie’s, promising at the time that Hut’s would remain open.

The Hut's name, however, will live on at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, where a second location opened in January. And in the release, the property’s owner, Sammie Joseph Jr., did hint that this corner may continue to be a culinary hot spot.

“When it was realized that both businesses would be closing, we considered many options and decided to work with a local restaurateur and friend to write the next chapter at Sixth & West Avenue. We are honored to pass the torch from one local operator to another,” said Joseph.

Though Joseph didn't confirm who would be taking over, there is speculation that one of Austin's major hospitality groups may be the aforementioned "local restaurateur and friend."

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