We have a months-long countdown until a longtime burger joint closes in Austin: Hut's Hamburgers, an 80-year staple in the city, has announced it will shutter in October.
"Hut’s has been a major part of our lives, and we have loved running the business, but after 38 years, we are ready to move in a different direction," co-owner Mike Hutchinson said in an announcement of the closure on the Hut's Hamburgers' website. "We have appreciated all of our wonderful customers. We have an excellent relationship with our landlord, the Josephs, but it is just time for us to move on.”
The next-door business Favorite Liquor & Wine is also closing.
Both businesses are located on property that the Joseph family owns, according to the announcement. It says that Hut's and the liquor store will be turned into something new through a local restaurateur, but details on that were not specified. The American-Statesman has reached out for comment.
“When it was realized that both businesses would be closing, we considered many options and decided to work with a local restaurateur and friend to write the next chapter at 6th & West Avenue. We are honored to pass the torch from one local operator to another,” Sammie Joseph Jr. said in the announcement.
An Austin presence since 1939, Hut's originally operated on South Congress Avenue. It has been at its current home since 1969, and owners Mike and Kim Hutchinson took over the burger joint in 1981, according to the restaurant's website. Hut's is located at 807 W. Sixth St.; Favorite Package Store at 801 W. Sixth St. The Hutchinsons also owned nearby pizzeria Frank & Angie's, which closed last year.
If you need the burger-and-milkshake fix that Hut's provides, there will still be one place to get it. The Hut's location that set up shop at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in January will remain open.