The economic effects of COVID-19 continue to affect Austin's local businesses, especially restaurants, breweries and bars. The most recent data from the Texas Workforce Commission shows the unemployment rate in Austin is 7.5%, significantly lower than the national average but three times what it was before the pandemic.

TWC numbers show statewide, the leisure and hospitality industry has lost more than 220,000 jobs between June 2019 and June 2020, a 15.9% reduction. These local businesses recently announced permanent closures of their Austin locations.

1. Cluck-n-Burger announced July 3 it has permanently closed its restaurant at 5111 Airport Blvd., Austin. The burger and chicken restaurant moved into the space, formerly occupied by Turntable Eatery, in 2019. Cluck-N-Burger's owners said in a July 3 Facebook post they will keep their food trucks open on a limited basis to visit neighborhoods, apartments and other sites.

2. Nancy's Sky Garden closed its East Austin location at 6448 E. Hwy. 290, Ste. A-100, in June. The healthy, Korean-inspired restaurant also closed its Georgetown restaurant, but its locations in Round Rock and the Lakeline Mall remain open. Owners Nancy and Won Lee moved to the area from Korea over 20 years ago. 512-337-9030.

3. Skull Mechanix Brewing announced July 26 that it has permanently closed. The brewery and music venue had been open at 1005 E. St. Elmo Road, Ste. 2, Austin, since 2018. In an Instagram post announcing the closure, the owners asked customers to stay safe and continue supporting Texas craft breweries.

4. Sugar Mama's Bakeshop announced July 15 it has permanently closed its East Austin location at 2406 Manor Road, Ste. B. The bakery and pastry shop originally opened at 1905 S. First St. before expanding to the east side in 2014. The original South Austin location remains open, and the shop owners wrote to customers on Instagram that "we need you now more than ever" at the original store. 512-448-3727.

5. Wax That, a waxing salon at 2406 Manor Road, Ste. C, Austin, announced as of July 22 it will close permanently. Owner Lorie Young said some technicians have decided to offer their services on their own or through other salons.