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R.I.P. Las Manitas in Austin, TX

September 4th, 2008 · 2 Comments

One of my favourite restaurants in the world has closed.

I discovered “Las Manitas” (The little hands) in Austin, TX the first time I went to SXSW in 2006. When we went back in 2008 I ate there every day.

Simple food served very fast that was pretty much my own version of heaven — I would love something like this in MTL.

Well written piece here – along with photos and memories…

“When I arrived at work today (the Tuesday after Labor Day), the first words out of editor Evan Smith’s mouth were, “Las Manitas is closed. They’ve hauling the furniture and fixtures out the back and there’s a big sign on the front door that says, Closed Forever.” Forget the Republican Convention. Forget Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter’s pregnancy. Some things are just more important.” —

My couple photos of the place are here

Tags: montreal + canada + the world · thinking + zen

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Allen // Sep 4, 2008 at 1:18 pm


    That’s it, I no longer want to go to SXSW this year.

  • 2 gw // Sep 5, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Well you wouldn’t be able to anyway, Allen. SXSW actually survived on the clientele of Las Manitas – with the restaurant closed, attendance at the festival will likely drop to only a handful of people…