Cisco’s will remain open under new ownership group with ties to founder
Score one for the preservation of Old Austin. Cisco’s Restaurant — the legendary East Austin migas and biscuit spot and regular hangout for politicos and locals — will remain open at 1511 E. Sixth St.
An ownership team that includes Matt Cisneros, grandson of restaurant founder and namesake Rudy “Cisco” Cisneros; Antone’s co-owner Will Bridges; commercial builder and co-owner of historic Hoffbrau Steakhouse Rick McMinn; and Bryan Schneider, a local business and real estate investor, intends few immediate changes for the restaurant that opened in 1946. Future updates will include the addition of a liquor license and evening hours, but there is no announced timeline for those changes.
Previous owner Clovis Cisneros, the uncle of new co-owner Matt Cisneros, had put the restaurant in the 103-year-old building on the market last year for $3.5 million after unsuccessfully trying to sell it in 2010.
“I got burned out,” Clovis Cisneros told the Statesman’s John Kelso in 2010. “I’ve been coming in here 40-something years, and I’ve had enough. Can you imagine waking up on weekends and putting out a thousand orders of migas in one day?”
An Austin native, Bridges, who is a partner in Lamberts and helped revive Antone’s along with Gary Clark Jr., made a similar move in 2014 when he and his father purchased Austin institution Deep Eddy Cabaret. While they added liquor and credit card payments, the vibe and aesthetic remained true to the original version. I’d expect a similar update — but not overhaul — at Cisco’s.
“It has been a lifelong dream of mine to not only keep Cisco’s going but to one day be a part of the ownership,” Matt Cisneros said. “It is our hope that with this new team, we can preserve an iconic East Austin institution that my grandfather founded … and help maintain its place in East Austin’s culture. We look forward to continuing to serve our East Austin neighbors and Austin residents, who together have been instrumental in keeping this local establishment alive for the better part of a century.”