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Groundbreaking Austin restaurant closing up shop after 65 years

Groundbreaking Austin restaurant closing up shop after 65 years

The Frisco Austin
The Frisco is closing its doors at the end of July. The Frisco Shop/Austin

KVUE — Another one of Austin's longtime favorite establishments is saying goodbye to its devoted customers. The Frisco diner confirmed to KVUE it is nearing its final days.

Known for its burgers, sandwiches, steaks, and other comfort foods, The Frisco opened in 1953 as part of Mayor Harry Akin's Night Hawk chain.

Akin, a former actor, began his empire during the depression two decades earlier. He started his local restaurant on South Congress Avenue and Riverside Drive with Night Hawk No. 1. 

There, he developed "innovations" like late-night service, and he even raised his own beef to ensure quality food. He was known to hire women and minorities before it was politically correct to do so. He was also the first Austin restaurateur to integrate his restaurants during the civil rights era.

According to The Frisco, Akin liked to tell his staff, "There is nothing accidental about quality," a testament to why his business likely lasted 65 long years.

Located at 6801 Burnet Rd., The Frisco will close its doors on July 29, according to multiple news sources, including the Austin Business Journal, who first confirmed the shutter.


To read the full story, head to KVUE.