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Longtime restaurants unexpectedly exit Austin, plus more of the week's top stories

Longtime restaurants unexpectedly exit Austin, plus more top stories

Uncle Billy’s Brewery and Smokehouse
Uncle Billy's shut down operations on Barton Springs Road to move to a new Hill Country home. Photo courtesy of Uncle Billy’s Brewery and Smokehouse

Editor's note: The weekend is upon us, which can only mean one thing: It's time to check in with our top stories of the week. From three shocking restaurant shutters to some much-needed levity, here are the stories that got Austin talking over the past seven days

1. Classic Barton Springs Road brewpub abruptly leaves Austin for new Hill Country locale. After 13 years on Barton Springs Road, Uncle Billy's Smokehouse & Brewery is moving to Dripping Springs. While there are no plans to resume brewing beer, fans of the long-running eatery are in luck, as favorite dishes from the barbecue menu are going along for the ride.

2. Comedy legend Dave Chappelle surprises Austin with 3 last-minute shows at very intimate venue. The enigmatic comedian threw Austin a curveball by announcing last-minute performances at the intimate Stateside at the Paramount venue on October 21-23. All tickets were nabbed within an hour of going on sale.

3. New York-style eatery folds as upscale taqueria moves into troubled East Austin space. It’s out with Reuben sandwiches and in with tacos at one east side address. Citing a lack of foot traffic, Gotham restaurant shuttered after a brief 18-month run. It's not all bad news, however. Reunión 19, from renowned chef Esdras Ochoa, will replace it in early 2020.

4. Wave of Austin restaurant closures continues as iconic campus pizzeria shutters. Campus-area stalwart Milto’s Mediterranean Cafe has decided to throw in the towel. A closing date has not been revealed, but UT students are advised to grab cheap pizzas, gyros, and pasta while they still can.

5. Cult beauty brand Glossier glams up Austin with limited-edition pop-up shop. The beloved millennial cosmetics brand is going offline with an activation on South Congress Avenue. The temporary storefront features a trendy pink color scheme, stations for trying products, and giant replicas of Generation G lipstick.