Business closings in Central Austin: Be More Pacific, Daruma Ramen, Troublemaker will not reopen doors

Be More Pacific owners Giovan Cuchapin and Mark Pascual will keep their Houston location open but have no plans to reopen in Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Be More Pacific owners Giovan Cuchapin and Mark Pascual will keep their Houston location open but have no plans to reopen in Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Be More Pacific owners Giovan Cuchapin and Mark Pascual will keep their Houston location open but have no plans to reopen in Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

The economic downturn caused by the coronavirus has led to an unemployment rate in the Austin area of 11.4% as of June 19, according to the Texas Workforce Commission, and some local businesses have been unable to hang on.

The hospitality, service and live music businesses have been hit especially hard by the virus. In late May, Red River Street music venues Plush and Barracuda both announced their permanent closures. These five businesses recently announced they have no plans to reopen.

1. Be More Pacific, located at 7858 Shoal Creek Blvd., Ste. C, Austin, will remain closed indefinitely, according to a Facebook post June 9 from owners Mark Pascual and Giovan Cuchapin. The Flipino food spot was open for nine years in Austin. In February, Pascual and Cuchapin opened a Houston location in the Heights neighborhood; that location has reopened with new safety protocols. www.bemorepacifckitchenandbar.com

2. Body Business Fitness Club announced June 14 it will not reopen after over 35 years in business. The gym at 2700 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, closed due to the spread of COVID-19 in late March. "It has been an honor to be a part of each and every moment of your wellness journey," owner Jessica Evans wrote in a letter to members and the community. 512-459-9424. www.bodybusiness.com

3. Daruma Ramen has permanently closed its location at 612 E. Sixth St., Austin, owner Kayo Asazu announced June 17. "This was a tough decision. We hope to relocate sometime in the future when it is safe to do so," Asazu wrote. Komé Sushi Kitchen, which is also owned by Asazu and her husband, Také, is serving chicken broth ramen for curbside takeout in addition to the rest of its menu. 512-712-5700. www.darumaramen.com


4. Scratchouse, a live music venue located at 617 E. Seventh St., Austin, announced its permanent closure on June 11. "We won't forget the memories we made with you, and were lucky to have amazing patrons and artists sharing our space," wrote the owners in a Facebook post. This is the third venue in the Red River area to announce its closure in the span of less than a month after Barracuda and Plush both recently said they would not reopen their doors.

5. Bar and record store Troublemaker, 1209 E. Seventh St., Austin, will not reopen its doors, according to a social media post from the owners June 26. In a farewell Instagram post, the team urged Austinites to support small businesses. "Even the ones that seem like there is no way they could shut down, they need your support as well," they wrote. Troublemaker opened in November from the team behind the Hightower, which previously occupied the space. 512-524-1448. www.troublemakeraustin.com
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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