Little big bummer

Big West Coast burger chain quietly shutters little Austin location

Big West Coast burger chain quietly shutters little Austin location

Little Big Burger Austin
Little Big Burger has flipped its last patty in Austin. Little Big Burger Austin/ Facebook

A trendy burger concept has left the Austin market just as quietly as it marched in. Portland, Oregon-based Little Big Burger, which opened with little fanfare in July 2018, has shuttered its outpost at 1630 E. Sixth St., near the corner of Chalmers Avenue.

Jason Assad, the director of investor relations at parent company Chanticleer Holdings, confirmed the closure, but could offer no other details. A rep at Indie Apartments, where the outpost was located, said it closed approximately a week ago.

The Indie employee also said that the space would not be vacant long. The local franchisee is renovating the space to open a new concept.

Though Little Big Burger did differentiate itself with brioche buns and upscale cheeses like chévre and Tillamook sharp cheddar, it hardly seemed like a fresh choice in Austin. Though buzzy chains like In-N-Out and Shake Shack have gained footing, the Capital City burger market is largely dominated by P. Terry’s and Hopdoddy Burger Bar.

The east side Little Big Burger was the restaurant’s sole location in Texas. The concept was founded in 2010 by Micah Camden and Katie Poppe, the owners of cult Portland eateries Super Deluxe and Blue Star Donuts, respectively.

In 2015, the pair sold the chain to Chanticleer. The North Carolina company is known for far less twee brands like BGR: Burgers Grilled Right, smoothie and wraps shop Just Fresh, and Hooters.