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The Frisco Nighthawk
Austin, TX


The Frisco Nighthawk is an Austin landmark and a must stop for both locals and roadside travelers passing through town. The restaurant features pretty good food that satisfies hungry stomachs. Best of all, the Frisco features a standout neon sign that is attention gathering when dusk sets in at night.

The Frisco first opened its doors at the original location of Koenig Lane and Burnet Road under the Night Hawk umbrella. Austin restaurateur Harry Akin who owned the chain was a pioneer in being one of the first to serve African-American clientele during the Civil Rights era and also was one of the first to offer late-night service. Harry Akin passed away in 1976, but not before he became a local legend.

The Frisco
Austin, TX
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


Well, its sad news that yet another Austin landmark restaurant closed its doors, this one on 6801 Burnet Road after more than 60 years serving the city.

Close up of the Frisco neon here. Unfortunately the neon will no longer light up Burnet Road


The Frisco owners shut down the place on July 29, 2018 and cited the tough labor market, increased competition, and a sense of changing demographics in the area. What also has changed in property values in the hot market of Austin. The property's assessed value increased from $950,000 in 2013 to $2.7 million in 2018. Locals and critics both are concerned that the old time restaurants in Austin are being priced out. 11-20


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