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New Chili’s coming to East Sixth Street? Or brilliant troll job?

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

Some clever jokesters are trying to agitate Austin with some next-level satire. A photo posted to social media shows people hanging a banner that seems to indicate that a Chili’s will be opening in the old home of the Uptown Sports Club at 1200 E. Sixth St. That, of course, is about as likely as Gregg Abbott becoming mayor of Austin. The “restaurant” has even set up a flagged Twitter account. One sign even name checks current and former beloved East Austin establishments like Franklin Barbecue and Cheer Up Charlies. #trollsohard

While we can’t say what we’ve heard off the record about the forthcoming business there, county records show the long-coveted property was purchased last year by a group named 1200 East 6th Partners LLC, a company registered in Fort Worth.