Restaurant news, dining events and suggested bites from Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.

Original Austin Java is closing

2:30 pm Oct. 12, 2017

After more than 20 years in Central Austin, Austin Java will be closing the doors at its original location, 1206 Parkway St. The coffee spot and lunchtime hang that opened in 1995 will close

Tex-Mex burger spot El Sapo closes suddenly

10:18 am Sep. 2, 2017

El Sapo, the Tex-Mex burger operation from the El Chile Group, closed without advance notice today. The restaurant originally opened on Manor Road in 2014 and moved to Lamar in June. Known for Tex-Mex hamburger

Porter Ale House on South First Street closed

9:08 am Jul. 28, 2017

Porter Ale House, known for its burgers, beer and slick bar snacks, has closed at 3715 S. First Street after about three-and-a-half years in business, according to its Facebook page. Located underneath the Tree Condominiums, Porter