Landmark Eateries

25-49 years in business

Ben's Long Branch BBQ
Ben's Long Branch BBQ (Photo by John Anderson)

In order to set some parameters for our local landmarks story, we established the totally arbitrary rule of restaurants/hotels that had been in almost continuous operation more than 50 years. In the course of his exhaustive research, however, Food writer Mick Vann generated an impressive list of local eateries with life spans in the 25- to 49-year range – a considerable feat in the restaurant business. If there are inadvertent, glaring omissions from this list, we're confident the readers will let us know.

1959

Tamale House (Downtown)

Mike's Pub

1963

Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

El Azteca

1964

Broken Spoke

1967

Smokey Denmark Sausage Co.

La Reyna

1968

Draught House Pub

1969

Salt Lick BBQ

1970

Bert's Bar B-Q (on MLK)

Dart Bowl Cafe (on Burnet Road)

1971

Top Notch

Schlotzsky's Deli (on South Congress)

Posse East Bar & Grill

The Pit

1972

The Old Pecan St. Cafe

Antonio's Mexican Restaurant

1973

Catfish Parlour

Burger Tex (on Airport)

Dan's/Fran's Hamburgers

Hill-Bert's Burgers (on Lamar)

1974

Cain & Abel's (as Abel Moses)

The Hole in the Wall

1975

The County Line

Tres Amigos Restaurant & Cantina

Sweetish Hill Bakery

Fonda San Miguel

ThunderCloud Subs

Jeffrey's Restaurant and Bar

El Arroyo

The Kitchen Door (on Far West)

Good Flow Juice and Honey Co.

1976

Conans Pizza (on 29th Street)

Bamboo Garden

Terry's Seafood & Chicken

Texas Chili Parlor

Waterloo Ice House (on Congress)

Wheatsville Co-op

1977

Tom's Tabooley

Milto's

Trudy's (on 30th Street)

Ben's Long Branch BBQ

1978

Mother's Cafe & Garden

Iron Works BBQ

Sam's BBQ (Mayes family ownership)

The Omelettry

Mandarin House

1979

Magnolia Cafe (on Lake Austin Boulevard)

Amaya's Taco Village

Katz's

Pok-e-Jo's

Star Seeds Cafe (as Stars Inn Coffee Shop)

????

China Palace ("since the 1970s")

1980

Kerbey Lane Cafe (on Kerbey Lane)

Texas French Bread (on Red River)

Whole Foods Market (10th & Lamar)

Shanghai Restaurant

Delaware Subs

Lone Star Cafe

Dynasty Chinese

1981

Threadgill's No. 1

Paradise Cafe

Baby Acapulco (on Lakeshore)

Players

Reale's Pizza and Cafe

Texadelphia

1982

Chez Nous

Nuevo León

Chuy's (on Barton Springs Road)

Chinatown

Brick Oven

Hyde Park Bar & Grill

Hunan

Niki's Pizza

The Oasis

1983

Las Palomas

The Bakehouse

Sea Dragon

Quack's (as Captain Quacken­bush's Intergalactic Expresso & Dessert Co., on the Drag)

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Austin restaurants, Tamale House, Broken Spoke, Draught House Pub, Salt Lick BBQ, Dart Bowl Cafe, Top Notch, Schlotzsky's, Burger Tex, Dan's Hamburgers, Hill-Bert's Burgers, Hole in the Wall, Fonda San Miguel, ThunderCloud Subs, Jeffrey's, Trudy's, Magnolia Cafe, Katz's, Kerbey Lane Cafe, Texadelphia

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