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Sudden restaurant closure at troubled Lamar Union leaves V-Day customers brokenhearted

Sudden Austin restaurant closure leaves V-Day customers brokenhearted

VOX Table in Austin
Vox Table shuttered mere hours before Valentine's Day service. Photo courtesy of VOX Table

It seems like the Lamar Union curse may still be going strong. Although in recent months the beleaguered development has been filling up again after a string of shutters, one of the longest running restaurants in the center suddenly closed its doors on February 14, leaving Valentine’s Day customers in a lurch.

According to several Yelp users, Vox Table texted guests around 3 pm, mere hours before their Valentine’s Day reservation times, to tell them the restaurant would not open that evening. That was followed up with emails blaming the sudden closure on kitchen issues. Despite reports, it is not clear whether or not the closure is permanent. CultureMap has received no independent confirmation, and the owners have not issued a statement directly or through social media channels. However, reservations are no longer being accepted through the online platform.

Helmed by chef Joe Anguiano, the New American restaurant opened in February 2015 and quickly earned accolades for its bar program and dishes like hamachi pipettes. As late as February 3, the restaurant was still posting job openings via its Facebook page.

But the news isn't all bad. Though El Burro (also co-owned by Vox’s Vincent Manguino), Cantine, and Delicious have recently closed in the Lamar Union development, there are a few notable restaurants that have taken their spots. Cedar Park favorite Soto took over the Cantine space, and two new restaurants — modern Thai and Vietnamese eatery Mandala Kitchen and Bar and Barley Bean’s market and cafe Artista Rosso — are set to fill the vacancies at El Burro and Delicious, respectively. Seafood restaurant TLC also recently opened in the development.