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Troubled restaurant chain shutters, tiny apartments bring tiny rents to Austin, and more stories

Troubled restaurant chain closes all Austin locations and more stories

Daphne's gyro pit
Daphne's has rolled on out of town. Daphne's/Facebook

Editor's note: It's going to be a busy August at CultureMap, beginning with the launch of our annual Love Where You Live editorial series, highlighting all the great (and occasionally less-than-great) things about living in Central Texas. With Austin City Limits now just two months away, look for our coverage of the 2019 Late Night Shows and more. But first, check out the five stories that captured our attention this week. 

1. Troubled fast-casual restaurant chain suddenly shutters all Austin locations.  This week, Daphne’s Mediterranean (née Noon Mediterranean née Verts née VertsKebap) officially closed all locations in Austin. Daphne's director of marketing cited poor sales for the mass shutter. Those looking for the gyro fix will have to head to California — the company is pulling out of Texas altogether.

2. Austin dine-in movie theater chain gobbled up in blockbuster deal. Moviehouse & Eatery, the Austin-based dine-in theater chain, was recently purchased by one of the largest cinema companies in the world. Mexico's Cinépolis, which boasts the second most theatergoers in the world, snapped up the local company, which currently operates two theaters in Austin and two in Dallas-Fort Worth.

3. Tiny apartments with tiny rents are coming to desirable South Austin neighborhood. Big things are happening in Bouldin Creek. An Austin-based developer recently announced plans to begin construction on micro units, aka tiny apartments that will hit the market for less than $1,000 a month.

4. Oldest barbecue joint in Texas opens first Austin location, plus more food news. The state's oldest barbecue restaurant is eyeing Austin for its next outpost. Elgin's Southside Market  & Barbecue recently filed a permitting paperwork for a new restaurant in the Shops at Arbor Walk in North Austin.

5. California-based burger chain grills up fat Austin expansion plans. A fat addition to Austin's burger scene is coming soon. Fatburger, an LA-based chain, is firing up a massive expansion push throughout Texas.