The burger flame has flickered out for the time being at an Austin institution.
Nau's Enfield Drug operator Laura Labay posted a note to the Clarksville store's window in January explaining that she had to close the soda fountain at her family's business due to a host of factors that included difficulty finding solid help and the competition from neighbors Caffe Medici, Galaxy Cafe and Fresh Plus. The closure seemed temporary, but the note has resurfaced, placed on the countertop of a darkened soda shop.The soda shop also closed temporarily in January of 2018 due to lack of staffing.
Labay tells Culture Map that she is "weighing several possible options to save the operation, including an investment from a local hospitality group, a crowdfunding campaign on the GoFundMe platform, or a partnership with a local catering company."
The possibly temporary closure comes after two years of semi-regular posts on Facebook from Labay soliciting help with staffing.
Nau's opened at 1115 W Lynn St. in 1951 and Laura Labay's father, Lambert, bought the business in 1971.
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