Owners Kent Cole and Diana Prechter wrote that business had been slowing down at the original Lake Austin Boulevard location before the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus hit.
“In the face of such a huge hit with the reality of COVID-19 and the incredible uncertainty of the future, we’ve had to confront the fact that this location will not survive,” Cole and Prechter wrote.
Magnolia Cafe opened in its original location in 1979 as Omelettry West. In 1987, Cole bought out then co-owner Ken Carpenter and renamed the spot Magnolia Cafe. Cole and Prechter expanded the business to a second location at 1920 S. Congress Ave. in 1988.
“To our neighbors and loyal customers of that location for so many years, thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” the owners wrote. “The West is where we’re from. Y’all are where we’re from.”