Austin Java closes 3 locations in Austin and Dripping Springs

A photo of a sign for Austin Java
Austin Java will close three locations due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Community Impact staff)

Austin Java will close three locations due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Community Impact staff)

Austin Java will close three locations in Austin and Dripping Springs, including the cafe's City Hall, Met Center and Dripping Springs locations, according to an Aug. 4 social media announcement that referenced coronavirus as the reason for downsizing.

"It's been a rough few months for us," read the post. "We intend to keep serving up your favorite java and eats at our Menchaca location and find some new spots to rebuild post-COVID[-19]."

With the closing of Austin Java's City Hall location at 301 W. 2nd St., Austin; its Met Center location at 7701 Metropolis Drive, Austin; and its location at 3799 Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs, only the company's 5404 Menchaca Road location in South Austin remains.

Jeff Zuniga, general manager of Austin Java Dripping Springs, told Community Impact Newspaper he wanted to express gratitude to community members who have supported Austin Java, including those who purchased groceries from his location during a special pandemic initiative.

"When I took over this property, I envisioned so much potential," he said. "The ship was going in the right direction, and we were beginning to sail with ease. In 22 years of being in this industry, I guess I had to experience a pandemic. When I began the grocery initiative to help the community, I became so close to many [in my community]. To have to say goodbye—for now—my heart is broken," Zuniga said.

Austin Java's Menchaca Road location can be reached at 512-580-2606 or
By Olivia Aldridge

Reporter, Central Austin

Olivia joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in March 2019. She covers public health, business, development and Travis County government. A graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina, Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times.


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