Longhorn Food Court Closing: What’s Next?

Hummus and falafel from Moses Falafel

As you may have heard by now, the mostly-vegan Longhorn Food Court at Rio Grande and MLK in Austin is closing. While the food trucks in the lot knew the lot would be developed…eventually…they had no idea that eventually would be next week. Tenants only received about ten days warning, which left them scrambling to figure out what’s next.

A few days into that ten day period, and answers are starting to come in. For Conscious Cravings, the answer is a move up north. The trailer, which specializes in healthy wraps and salads, will set up shop near the corner of Burnet and Koneig, across the street from HEB. This area of Burnet is lacking in food options, especially health ones. Owner Rishi Dhir is optimistic about the move and even hints at a return to the UT-area before long.

Moses Falafel will be closed for the next few months. Owner Samuel Haviv has decided to make the best of the sudden closure and transform his business into a brick-and-mortar operation. He will use the next few months to look for financial backing and a suitable location. While this means we’ll miss out on his delicious falafel for a few months, hopefully this will lead to bigger and better things for this small falafel business.

The timing is also unusual for Capital City Bakery which had already announced plans to expand into a brick-and-mortar. Unfortunately, the new Cesar Chavez location isn’t ready yet, and likely won’t be for some time. Owner Kristen Davenport is looking for another central location that offers veg-friendly savory food nearby in order to recreate the magic of the Longhorn Food Court. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter for updates on her new location.

In the meantime, join other Longhorn Food Court fans for a good-bye party on Friday evening starting at 5:30 PM.

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