Score one for the preservation of Old Austin. Legendary East Austin migas spot and regular hangout for politicos and locals, Cisco’s 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, Matt Cisneros’ uncle, 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 similarl update but not overhaul at the restaurant Cisneros opened more than 70 years ago.
“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 over 65 years ago 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.”