Garbo moves into Counter Cafe space on Lamar, extends truck hours


Nearly two years after the shoebox-sized Counter Cafe at 626 N. Lamar Ave. closed, the small apartment building across from Bookpeople will have a new tenant in the coming months.

A second Garbo’s Fresh Maine Lobster location moves into the space the modern restaurant has occupied for more than a dozen years. The folks at Garbo also announced this week that its food truck currently parked on the building’s empty lot will expand its hours of operation to include Sunday service starting this week. The truck serves a take-out menu that includes lobster and crab rolls, smoked fish dip, crab salad and lobster grilled cheese from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

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Connecticut native Heidi Garbo started Garbo’s as a truckload in 2015 before opening her first restaurant in Austin near Wells Branch Road. She moved that restaurant to North Loop 1 in 2020, the same year Debbie Davis closed the original Counter Cafe and opened another in the former Conan’s Pizza space at 603 W. 29th St. at West Campus. This location remains open, as does a coffee counter on East Sixth Street.

Garbo’s is slated to open in September inside the North Lamar Boulevard building that once housed GM Steakhouse.

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