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Sad News - Blue collar Arkie's lost to yet another hipster joint

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Sad News - Blue collar Arkie's lost to yet another hipster joint

Alan Sudo | | Sep 20, 2012 03:43 PM

Gone forever are the green beans - coming soon are haricots verts. Tartar sauce will be replaced by aioli.
Since first opening in 1948, Arkie's Grill has served hearty fare to an enthusiastic blue collar clientele. But good is never good enough in the new East Austin.

And so it goes as the ravenous restaurateurs behind East Austin Showroom, Hillside Farmacy and the monthly prix fixe Supper Friends dinner club devour another bit of East Austin history. The new owners are describing their vision as "classy Texas comfort food" in an obvious slap in the face to Arkie's 65 years spent defining what Texas comfort food really was. I find it funny that they are stating that they plan to "pay homage" to the original restaurant by flying their designer out to Los Angeles to study the mid-century modern architecture found on the west Coast. A trip through the historic towns spread all over central Texas apparently never crossed their minds.

I'm going to miss Arkie's and especially it's wonderful, lovable waitstaff. I expect their usual Texas friendly greeting of "Hello! How y'all been doing?" to be soon replaced by an indifferent "Do you have a reservation?"

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