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Austin Landmarks on the Menu

By Virginia B. Wood, September 12, 2008, Food

Nau's Enfield Drug

1115 West Lynn, 476-3663
Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:15pm; Saturday, 8am-2:30pm; Sunday, 10:30am-3pm

Hylton and Eleanor Naus opened Nau's Enfield Drug on this corner in the historic Clarskville neighborhood in 1951. It was a true drugstore of its day with a prescription counter, shelves stocked with sundries and gift items, a big selection of greeting cards and magazines, and a busy soda fountain. The Naus retired in the Seventies and sold the store to longtime employee Lambert Labay, who continues to run the store today with his daughter, Laura. Independent drugstores are a dying breed in this day and age, and the Labays work hard to maintain the store's friendly personality and old-school style. Austin's only remaining functional drugstore soda fountain has been under the management of Feliz "Happy" Martinez for 44 years. Her skills are sure to be the reason the hearty breakfasts, hand-formed burgers, perfect grilled-cheese sandwiches, and rich, creamy malts and shakes have such a loyal following. This soda fountain is a bona fide Austin treasure.

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