Midtown Restaurant Closes

Hot Midtown restaurant suddenly closes even though bar sales were high

Hot Midtown restaurant suddenly closes even though bar sales were high

BlackFinn American Grille closed
A sign at BlackFinn advises patrons the restaurant has closed.  Photo by Eric Sandler
BlackFinn American Grille closed
What will replace BlackFinn? Stay tuned. Photo by Eric Sandler
BlackFinn American Grille closed
BlackFinn American Grille closed

Midtown's tumultuous restaurant scene has claimed another victim. BlackFinn American Grille closed on Monday after a three year run. 

"We regret to inform you that BlackFinn American Grille has permanently closed due to unforeseen circumstances," a note posted on the door reads. "We thank you kindly for your support over the past three years and wish you the very best in the future. We will dearly miss the wonderful people we've had the pleasure of serving."

The restaurant's website also announces the closure, and both the Facebook and Twitter accounts have disappeared. 

Whatever those "unforeseen circumstances" are, they don't appear to be financial. The State Comptroller's Office report of Mixed Beverage Gross Receipts (aka, the "TABC Report") shows that BlackFinn reported over $100,000 in liquor sales in two of the last four months. 

Admittedly, BlackFinn's departure may not be much of a loss. While the cocktails had their merits, the pub grub menu was decidedly ho-hum. Midtown partiers searching for replacement options should consider recent openings like GAGE Lounge and Gray's Public House. Those hoping for more sophisticated dining options have both the Azuma Group's izakaya in the former Farrago's space and tapas bar Oporto's second location to look forward to.  

BlackFinn's general manager has not responded to an email requesting more information. The only person present at the restaurant Monday afternoon was a locksmith who was changing the locks. Blackfinn Ameripub locations in Austin and other cities remain open.