Austin will lose another of its longtime restaurant community members this weekend when Chu-Mikal’s closes Sunday after 30 years serving Austin. The breakfast-and-lunch restaurant and community staple located at 3223 E. Seventh St. will host a final day of service on Sunday with a pop-up fundraiser serving pupusas, yuca and platanos to raise money for an ailing family member.
Mike and Margarita Raupe originally opened the restaurant as Chubby’s on South First Street and moved to East Austin after a few years. Chu-Mikal’s was known for specializing in burgers and classic dishes like chicken fried steak at lunch and served traditional breakfast plates and breakfast in the morning, and in a world of Tex-Mex made a name for itself with a weekend menu of El Salvadoran specialties. The restaurant, which for a time had a location on MLK Blvd. also had a catering operation and even served as the on-site cafe at the Statesman for several years.
The closure in the changing East Austin comes two years after nearby El Azteca closed after 53 years in business.