June 20, 2008

Anyone want to have dinner at Castle Hill?

I've loved Castle Hill for years. I've taken people there for lunch, dinner and occasionally on some really awful dates. To hear that it's closing hurts.

Castle Hill Cafe, the restaurant that became well known as an affordable fine-dining spot, is closing at the end of this month after more than two decades in business because the owner says it has become too expensive to operate with rising food and gas prices.

"It's too hard, to be honest, way too hard for us," owner Cathe Dailey said Thursday. She said it seems like each day brings another cost increase in one or more items.

Next week she will shut down the nearly 22-year-old restaurant and transform the space into an interior Mexican eatery with a full bar.

Now I know how some of you folks felt about Las Manitas. Even though their food sucks ass.

Posted by mcblogger at June 20, 2008 09:10 AM

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This does suck. I've only ever eaten there once, and it was a "Dining For Life" night.

When are you going? As long as it's not this Saturday, I'm in.

Posted by: sccs [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 20, 2008 10:45 AM

Sounds uncomfortably like Austin is developing a syndrome we have dealt with for some time up here.

No matter what a location opens as, or how many transformations it makes on the way down, all establishments eventually devolve into a bad Tex-Mex restaurant.

Posted by: R. Spacedark [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 20, 2008 02:43 PM

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