The not-so-fine print: As this article clearly states, Roppolo's is closing only its pizza trolley in the Warehouse District. Roppolo's on East Sixth Street remains open.
An Austin late-night-eats go-to is turning off its ovens.
Before there was Torchy’s Tacos. Before there was Via 313. Before Aaron Franklin created a barbecue truck revolution, there was Roppolo's Pizza trailer in the Warehouse District.
Marc Roppolo opened his food cart, which is now a trolley, amid the bar scene at Colorado and Fourth streets in 2003, at a time when he said there were fewer than 60 permitted mobile food vendors. That number has skyrocketed to over 1,000, and Roppolo’s has held firm in a growing Warehouse District, fending off the Austin Warehouse District Association to remain on its spot downtown as new restaurants have popped up and skyscrapers and condos have surrounded it.
Roppolo, who says the pizza trolley must depart the lot to make way for a forthcoming hotel, tells the Statesman that his last day at Colorado and Fourth will be on February 16. Roppolo’s, which first opened on Mesa Drive in 1989, still operates a cart on East Sixth St., a walk-up pizzeria at 414 E. Sixth St. and a food truck on weekends on Red River Street.