Copper Restaurant & Dessert Lounge to close Jan. 2 after 10 years in The Domain

Cake balls from Copper Restaurant & Dessert Lounge
Copper Restaurant & Dessert Lounge will be closing permanently in The Domain on Jan. 2. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)

Copper Restaurant & Dessert Lounge will be closing permanently in The Domain on Jan. 2. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)

Copper Restaurant & Dessert Lounge announced it will be closing the doors to its location in The Domain following 10 years in business.

The locally owned Southern diner and cake ball shop's last day in operation at 3401 Esperanza Crossing, Ste. 104, Austin, will be Jan. 2.

"We had a 10-year run in The Domain, and there have been a lot of larger tenants with better locations, more money and more resources that haven't made it in that place," owner Ben May said.

Copper is closing because May said the business was not able to reach a lease renewal agreement with the landlord, who wanted to go in a different direction with the space.

"We are kind of the canary in the coal mine," May said. "When housing functionally doubles in the city of Austin, the commercial stuff is right behind it. So when the landlord is approached by folks from out of town who are willing to pay multiples on what current tenants are paying, it's a no-brainer decision for the landlord to go with the new guys."


The Austin Cake Ball bakery at 5310 Burnet Road, Ste. 107, which is also owned by May, will remain open. 512-215-3633. www.copperaustin.com

By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Sugar Land/Missouri City

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition and in December 2021 moved to Austin to become the reporter for the Northwest Austin edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.