The beginning of the year is often accompanied with news of restaurant closures, and later this month, downtown Austin will lose one of the locally owned restaurants that served as part of the modern downtown dining scene’s second wave.
The husband-and-wife team of chefs Jennifer Costello and Chris Hurley announced this week that they will close the The Bonneville on January 18. The New American restaurant seemed a little ahead of its time when it opened at 202 W. Cesar Chavez St. in 2013, just as the downtown dining scene was starting to hit its stride.
In my positive review of the restaurant from the Boston transplants, I named the restaurant as the first member of my One Block Too Far All-Stars, stating that I hoped people not yet accustomed to dining on that stretch of Cesar Chavez Street would find the approachable and relatively affordable restaurant that was usually filled with the warmth of the hands-on owners who served dishes like an excellent chicken under a brick, mussels in red coconut curry and lamb shank with ricotta gnudi.
The owners said in a statement that a new restaurant group would be taking over the space, but there’s no word yet on who that might be. The statement from Costello and Hurley thanked the restaurants loyal customers and its staff, past and present, before signing off with the famous Frank Zappa line, "Goodnight Austin, Texas, wherever you are."