The Opal Divine’s family will be shrunk by half at the end of the year, as Opal Divine’s Penn Field (3601 S. Congress Ave.) will close after business on December 31. The restaurant and bar opened in the development off South Congress Avenue in 2005. The owners cite high rent and expenses for the closing along with some commentary about the changing entertainment landscape in the city.
“Austin’s ‘Keep Austin Weird’ fascination is fading into a search for the latest and greatest new restaurant/bar/concept and the Parkers feel it is time to let this location pass on,” Opal’s said in a release.
The original Opal’s on Sixth Street closed in 2013 to make way for the outlandish Steampunk Saloon, but Opal Divine’s at the Marina in North Austin (12709 N. Mopac) remains in business.