Wet Whistle on East MLK closing Tuesday

East Austin grocer the Wet Whistle will close Tuesday after more than two years in business. Jon Lawrence, who owns the store with the retro design and wide assortment of local, vegetarian and vegan products, says he hopes to open in a new location next year. Lawrence, whose East Austin store was part of the early trend of neighborhood boutique grocers, has been in a protracted battle with an “absentee landlord” who has refused to help pay for parking and an outdoor patio. Lawrence says he’s been on a month-to-month lease for some time and his landlord recently told him his rent would be going up another $500, leading the small business owner to close the store.


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