After 37 years on Burnet Road, Austin institution the Omelettry will close its doors after service on May 4. The longtime breakfast favorite will open a new location at 4631 Airport Blvd. in mid-to-late May.
Owners Kenny Carpenter and his son, Jesse, said the old Omelettry building, built as a Frostop Root Beer stand in the 1950s, will be torn down and replaced with luxury apartments.
“We laughed when we first heard the local business community was trying to turn Burnet into a hip neighborhood,” owner Kenny Carpenter recalled. “It’s not like this old road has any fancy architecture or historic buildings (unless you count Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon). Who would have thought it would ever be trendy?”
While the Carpenters understand longtime customers’ nostalgia for the original location, they are happy to get a fresh start in a new building.
“I love this old building – I grew up here,” said Jesse Carpenter, “but I won’t miss all the work and upkeep we’ve had to do to keep things going. We know folks are attached to this building, but we’re more than just this place. The Omelettry’s soul is in its food, staff, and the community it creates.”