Blue Star Kitchen + Bar Closes
Family eatery priced out of Rosedale neighborhood
By Kimberley Jones,
11:35AM, Tue. Jan. 29, 2019
Citing high jumps in rent and property taxes, Blue Star Kitchen + Bar on Burnet Road has shuttered.
Restaurateur Eddie Bernal (34th Street Cafe, Santa Rita) launched Blue Star (then Cafeteria) 13 years ago as an affordable, family-friendly option in Rosedale, a neighborhood that (like just about everywhere else in Austin) has become increasingly pricey for residents and businesses alike. A press release sent out today stated Blue Star might reopen if “another viable space” was secured; until then, select menu options will be available via Blue Star Catering.
The press release includes Bernal’s thoughts on rising rents:
“We have always had a spotless payment record with the property management company, DT Land Group, Inc., managed by Diane Land, Mayor Adler’s wife. Wilder Properties, who owns the shopping center, wanted to raise the rent over 20%, not including the property taxes that have over tripled over the last 13 year[s]. This makes it challenging to work together to keep our restaurant open, and the other tenants are facing the same issues.” Bernal added, “Local restaurateurs are not only juggling rent and taxes, but also labor shortages, added city policies, chain restaurant competition, and higher food costs.”