After 23 years, Café Josie announces permanent closure

Charles Mayes opened the West Sixth Street restaurant in 1997 and sold it to Cody Taylor in 2013. (Courtesy Cafe Josie)
Charles Mayes opened the West Sixth Street restaurant in 1997 and sold it to Cody Taylor in 2013. (Courtesy Cafe Josie)

Charles Mayes opened the West Sixth Street restaurant in 1997 and sold it to Cody Taylor in 2013. (Courtesy Cafe Josie)

Café Josie, located at 1200 W. Sixth St., Ste. B, Austin, will close permanently, according to owner Cody Taylor.

In a June 5 Facebook post, Taylor thanked the founder of the restaurant, Charles Mayes, who opened Café Josie in 1997 and ran the restaurant before Taylor took over in 2013.

“I never know I could be so connected to something and then for it to be gone,” Taylor said.

Mayes is a longtime restaurant industry staple in Austin; he owned Mother’s Cafe in Hyde Park before selling it to its current owners, Anne Daniels, Cameron Alexander and John Silberberg.

In a 2019 interview with Community Impact Newspaper, Jack Gilmore of Jack Allen’s Kitchen credited Mayes as one of the chefs who built Austin’s dining scene in the late 1990s and early 2000s, along with peers such as Alan Lazarus at Vespaio, David Garrido at Jeffrey’s and Tyson Cole at Uchi.


In his own Facebook post, Mayes bid farewell to the neighborhood staple on West Sixth.

“Café Josie’s success was built by hands-on hard work, a commitment to quality, and a sense of place and community. Loved but not forgotten,” Mayes said.

Taylor, a Texas State University graduate, owns the San Marcos restaurant Industry with Harlan Scott.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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