One of the Top 20 restaurants in Austin is closing

Downtown is losing one of Austin’s rare fine dining establishments. Counter 357, the prix fixe menu specialists on Congress Avenue, announced on social media that it would close July 28.

The Peeler Ranch Striploin with local potato, summer truffle and beeswax at Counter 3. FIVE. VII on Thursday, May 11, 2017. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Chef Eric Earthman oepened the austere and modernist space in March 2015 and cycled through three chefs — Lawrence Kocurek, Damien Brockway and Alan Delgado — before announcing the restaurant would shutter after just over three years.

The announcement comes on the heels of closures from fellow Top 25 restaurants Bonhomie and Bullfight and is a blow to locally owned businesses in a downtown that is seeing increased rents and more national brands entering the market. There is no word on what will come of the space nestled in between the Elephant Room and Swift’s Attic.

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