Early last year Clovis Cisneros put his restaurant, Cisco's, up for sale. On its face, a perfectly reasonable idea: he's sick of mucking around with enchiladas 90 hrs/wk and has two kids who can't run it. Price tag: $3.8m. A dream. "I don't think it's going to sell for that." But hey, who can blame the guy for throwing out a line to see what bites?
Thing is though, Cisco's is no perfectly normal restaurant. It's an East Austin institution, open to all-comers since the '40s in search of good Tex-Mex and the occasional vote. When it went on the block you could practically hear the collective gasp of the old guard... fear that yet another legendary spot was going the way of so many others in the wake of gentrification.
Good news (well, good news for me/for us) is that it didn't sell, and for now it's off the market. Mr Cisneros says he'd like to see Cisco's go on even after a sale, but I don't know... you gots to sell lots of migas to make up nearly four mil.
Was able to make it twice this summer for breakfast tacos, buttered biscuits & honey, and dishwater coffee. Lots of music lovers'll be rolling in for ACL fest this weekend... if you make it to Cisco's I've got two pieces of advice: i) bring cash; and ii) use the bathroom before you go.
CISCO'S RESTAURANT, BAKERY & BAR
1511 E. 6th Street
Austin, TX 78702