Downtown Austin Russian House Restaurant Closing
Downtown Austin’s Eastern European restaurant, The House — formerly known as Russian House — closed permanently in late May. His last day of duty at 307 East Fifth Street was Sunday, June 5.
The shutter was originally thought to be temporary, according to the May 28 Facebook post announcement: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have decided to make improvements and change locations. We must close the House to open up new opportunities. In a Facebook comment to that post, the restaurant added that the team was looking for a new location. During this last week in late May and early June, the restaurant offered an all-you-can-eat buffet where people were encouraged to buy decorations as souvenirs.
This month, the restaurant confirmed it was a permanent fixture by hosting a garage sale last weekend August 20-21. He sold and/or donated kitchen equipment, furniture, books and assorted decorations.. Eater Austin has requested more information.
There is a proposal for a new hotel planned for this half block of 307 to 311 East Sixth Street, which would mean the restaurant would potentially be demolished. Monamour’s restaurant husband and chef, Vladimir Gribkov, launched a GoFundMe campaign in January to help fund the restaurant’s move, although it has stalled.
In February, the couple changed the the restaurant’s name from “Russian House” to “House” due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing war against the country. They opened the restaurant in 2012 with a Russian/European/Slavic menu.