Fareground, the modern food hall on Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, will say goodbye to one of its original tenants at the end of the year. Antonelli’s Cheese Shop + Kitchen will serve its final bites on December 31. The move will market the first departure from the original group of tenants that opened for business in mid-January.

“Business owners, entrepreneurs, and leaders take risks all the time, based on our best projections and calculations and hunches. We have been lucky. Many of our risks have paid off. This one didn't. We are also taking a huge financial hit this year, but we know that's all part of it. The truth is, while we are disappointed for our team and our bottom line, we are also relieved. The chance to open a cheese shop in Austin's first food hall was a dream opportunity, and we knew we wanted to take the risk. We intended to be a cheese shop that offered some fun, delicious, nostalgic dishes. But we quickly had to adjust when retail didn't pick up and focus more efforts on the kitchen,” co-owner Kendal Antonelli wrote in part in an email to subscribers.

The Elm Restaurant Group, which operates Fareground, along with restaurants 24 Diner, Italic and Irene’s, says they already have a tenant lined up to take Antonelli’s place, though they have yet to publicly name the tenant. The new food (or beverage?) operation will join Henbit, Contigo, Ni-Kome, Easy Tiger and Dai Due Taqueria. Additionally, Elm announced today they will soon begin construction on Level Up, the bar located atop Fareground at the corner of Congress Avenue and Second Street.

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