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Popular East Austin happy hour spot calls it quits after 6 years in business

East Austin happy hour spot calls it quits after 6 years in business

The Hightower
The Hightower is closing — but it's not all bad news. The Hightower/Facebook

A month after introducing lunch service, the owners of The Hightower at 1209 E. Seventh St. have announced a more startling change of direction. After six years in business, the restaurant will permanently close on Sunday, September 8.

Co-owner and chef Chad Dolezal confirms the shutter, which was first announced via a Facebook post on August 27, but assures CultureMap that it isn’t all bad news. The space will be reworked into an as-yet-unnamed new concept.

Dolezal and business partner Victor Farnsworth first opened The Hightower in the former home of Karibu Ethiopian in January 2014. Serving a “new Texas cuisine” inspired by Eastern European and Mexican foodways, the restaurant soon became a popular destination for brunch, dinner, and, of course, happy hour.

In June 2018, Dolezal left Austin to open a new project in Dallas’ Oak Cliff neighborhood under the Hightower umbrella. Although still keeping quiet on the details, Dolezal says that project is still happening, but in a different address than previously anticipated.

The chef is largely keeping mum on The Hightower’s next chapter. While not divulging any concrete details, he says that the team will be collaborating with “old friends” to revive the space.

“We think it is going to be a great addition to our corner,” he teases. “I can say this, it will have food, but it won't be a restaurant.”