Bye-bye, bulgogi

Long-running North Austin burger restaurant turns off the grill after 50 years

Long-running Austin burger joint turns off the grill after 50 years

Burger Tex Airport Boulevard
Burger Tex is closing after nearly five decades in business. Photo courtesy of Burger Tex

Burger Tex, a nearly 50-year fixture in the North Loop neighborhood that was famed for its bulgogi burgers, closed March 6.

Owner Kibo Yun recently closed Burger Tex, at 5420 Airport Blvd., ahead of his retirement. A notice posted on the front door of the restaurant thanked his customers for “loving” the restaurant for nearly half a century.

The restaurant was supposed to be open 11 am-2:30 pm March 16 and 17 to serve its final burgers. However, Kibo Yun, who bought the business in 2000, tells CultureMap that the coronavirus pandemic forced cancellation of the two-day event. Yun and his son and daughter would have been on hand to say goodbye.

“Take care of yourself and stay healthy,” a cancellation notice says.

Burger Tex opened on Airport Boulevard in 1973. For decades, customers lauded Burger Tex’s bulgogi burgers. Bulgogi is a Korean dish made of thin marinated beef slices that are grilled.

While Burger Tex is no longer selling burgers, it is selling equipment and decorations. According to the closure notice, items up for sale include a microwave oven, refrigerators, two freezers, an ice cream machine, and an ice machine, along with dishes, utensils, pans, and trays.

“If you are involved in the bakery or restaurant business, it’s all here for you!” the notice states.