If you haven’t had a hamburger at Hut’s Hamburgers, you can’t really call yourself an Austinite. And if you haven’t, your time is running out. The classic burger restaurant located in one of Austin’s most iconic buildings is closing Sunday after 80 years in business. Owner Mike Hutchinson, who earlier this year, decided he was ready for some time off. I’d say he’s earned it after running the West Sixth Street restaurant for four decades.
“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,” Hutchinson said in an announcement of the closure on the Hut’s Hamburgers’ website back in June. “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.”
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.
As for what will come next for the famous space: Don’t worry, not condos. We’ll have more news on that in the days to come. In the meantime, go get yourself a Hut’s burger and take your place alongside the generations who have come before you. Also, expect a line.
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