East Austin restaurant Chicon is closing

East Austin will soon be down one restaurant. Chicon, the casual sister restaurant of ranch-inspired Contigo, will close following service this Saturday.

(Ricardo B. Brazziell/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The restaurant from Edgewise, the hospitality group run by owners Ben Edgerton and chef Andrew Wiseheart, was the second concept in the space at 1914 E. Sixth St. The duo originally opened upscale Gardner in November 2014 but closed it after a little more than a year, deciding to soften the space and deliver a more approachable menu with some similarities to the refined comfort food served at Contigo.

Chicon opened in March of 2016 and earned a positive review from me for its new approach. With the closing of Chicon, ownership says it will shift its focus to the Contigo brand, which includes the restaurant near Mueller, Contigo Fareground, Contigo Catering and Contigo Ranch.

“We are thankful for everyone who has supported us over the years,” Edgerton, says. “Our patrons have been incredibly good to us, and we are honored to have been part of the vibrant East 6th Street neighborhood.”

Chicon will be open for dinner and brunch from Tuesday, June 19, until its last day of service on Saturday, June 23.


Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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