Strike Out

Popular North Austin bar says goodnight for good after unexpected closure

Popular Austin bar says goodnight for good after unexpected closure

The Goodnight
The Goodnight on Anderson Lane has bowled its last game. The Goodnight/ Facebook

A North Austin nightlife hub has called it a day. The owners of bowling and game bar The Goodnight have decided to shutter their original Anderson Lane location in preparation for opening a new bar on West Sixth Street.

The closure appears to have been sudden. A Yelp user says that her large group — who she claims paid a deposit for a reservation — were not notified prior to driving into Austin and arrived to locked doors. A screenshot purported to be from owner David Goodnight says that refunds would be issued May 14.

In a note posted on the company’s website, the owners cited a dispute with the building’s owners. “We have decided to leave our Anderson Lane location after failed attempts to find a solution with the landlord,” the note read. “The entertainment scene has drastically changed in North Austin since The Goodnight first opened its doors in 2012 and this particular location has been affected by all of the great concepts that have since opened in the area.”

Undoubtedly chief among those were the several bars and restaurants in the Domain and Domain Northside, including several located in the busy Rock Rose corridor and similar concept Punch Bowl Social.

The note says the team will be focusing their efforts on the new downtown location, set to open in the Blueprint building at 501 W. Sixth St. in the fall. The new bar will share the address with two new concepts: Japanese eatery TenTen and nightclub Mayfair. The new location promises to bring virtual reality and karaoke, as well as a revamped menu.

There they may still have to fight stiff competition. A second location of Punch Bowl is set to open on Congress Avenue, just blocks from West Sixth.