Biderman's Deli downtown, Mother's Cafe, and more Central Austin mainstays close their doors

Photo of the two Biderman's owners
Biderman's Deli—owned by Zach Biderman and Gabe Sims—announced the closure of its downtown location Sept. 20. (Community Impact staff)

Biderman's Deli—owned by Zach Biderman and Gabe Sims—announced the closure of its downtown location Sept. 20. (Community Impact staff)

The following businesses in Central Austin have announced their closures.

1. Biderman's Deli, 800 Brazos St., Ste. 215, Austin, closed permanently as of Sept. 20, according to owner Zach Biderman. The Westlake location of the deli has also closed, but the original at 3742 Far West Blvd., Austin, remains open and has expanded its hours to offer breakfast and dinner. 512-340-1404.

2. Vegetarian restaurant Mother’s Cafe announced it would permanently close Oct. 24 after 40 years of business in the Hyde Park community. According to Mother’s Cafe owner John Silberberg, operations may extend through Oct. 25, depending on if supplies last. In the future, Mother’s Cafe may sell some of its products, including its featured cashew tamari dressing, in stores. “We are gratified at how our customers have made us feel so valued,” Silberberg told Community Impact Newspaper. 4215 Duval St., Austin. 512-451-3994.

3. Kyoten Sushiko announced Sept. 26 it has decided to close its doors permanently. The sushi restaurant originally opened its brick-and-mortar restaurant in the Mueller development at 4600 Mueller Blvd., Ste. 1035, Austin, in 2016. Original owner Otto Phan then turned it over to chef Sarah Cook in 2019. In an Instagram post, Cook thanked those who sent "a kind message, sad message and supportive message" following the closing.

4. Bead It, located at 2058 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, closed its brick-and-mortar store Sept. 28 after 18 years in business. "Unfortunately, the neighborhood has changed, and Bead It can no longer support itself on South Lamar," owner Ashley Schor wrote in a goodbye announcement. Schor said she still plans to continue online sales, appear at the occasional market in Austin and "[share] a booth in a secret location."

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Mother's Cafe owner John Silberberg.
By Olivia Aldridge

Multi-Platform Journalist

Olivia hosts and produces Community Impact Newspaper's podcasts, The Austin Breakdown, The Houston Breakdown and The DFW Breakdown. She launched the podcasts after nearly three years as a reporter for the newspaper, covering public health, business, development and Travis County government for the Central Austin edition. Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas.