The restaurant will go to a reduced hours schedule starting on Monday, Dec. 5.
AUSTIN, Texas — Austin’s rising cost of living continues to force local business owners to make tough decisions. On Thursday, vegan restaurant Counter Culture announced it will close at the end of the year.
Owner Sue Davis said in a post on social media that the restaurant, located at 2337 E. Cesar Chavez Street, will close when its lease ends at the end of December. Prior to its 11 years on Cesar Chavez, Counter Culture had a location on North Loop Boulevard for two and a half years.
“Through those years, my staff and I have made many fond memories & personal connections with you, our valued customers. Without your support we never would have made it this far. So, a sincere & heartfelt thank you – to all of you – for this amazing experience of a lifetime!” Davis wrote in part.
Davis said she doesn’t have a clear picture of what the future will hold for Counter Culture, noting that the “way people eat out has changed.” She said while she loves Austin “wholeheartedly,” with the rising costs, she isn’t sure it’s feasible to rent again and “buying seems like a faraway dream.”
Starting on Monday, Dec. 5, Counter Culture will go to a reduced hours schedule. The restaurant will be open Monday through Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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