Eateries of Old Austin

Inspired as usual by a Google search gone rouge, I'm taking it back to the restaurants of old Austin today. Only a few of these have survived the test of time but the ones that have are definitely atmospheric (and sometime culinary) gems. If you're from Austin, chances are you'll recognize a few of these spots from the photos alone. Take a look and comment away if you have any memories of these spots!

The Night Hawk, 1907 Guadalupe Street

Staff at the Night Hawk in Austin, Texas on October 8, 1935. Such great logos on the waitresses uniforms!

Staff at the Night Hawk No. 2 taken on October 8, 1935. Can they please bring back those uniforms!? This photo was snapped when they were located at 1907 Guadalupe Street in Austin. Although they're not at that location anymore, you can still dine at their Burnet Rd. diner, The Frisco.

Hickory House, 1002 Congress Avenue

Ever wonder what things looked like in old Austin? Here's a glimpse inside The Hickory House in September of 1957. 

Folks hanging out at The Hickory House, a small restaurant that was near the state capital right on Congress Avenue.  Take a look at those menu prices...Chopped beef for 26 cents, french fries and potato salad for 15 cents, sliced meats for 35 cents and a barbecue plate for 85 cents! Things were a bit cheaper back in September of 1957 when this photo was taken...

Youngblood's Fried Chicken, South Lamar

Customers lined up outside of the Texas chain, Youngblood's Fried Chicken on Lamar. Love their signage, wonder if it still exists somewhere!?

Customers lined up outside of Youngblood's Fried Chicken restaurant on South Lamar and Barton Springs in 1958. This photo was taken looking north so I'm guessing what exists there now is that crazy car wash on the corner, Barton Springs Car Wash. That's just a guess though, don't quote me on that! Reminds me of lines I've seen outside a certain hamburger joint on South Congress...

Kentucky Fried Chicken Hamburgers, Unknown

Kentucky Fried Chicken Hamburgers and 2-J Hamburgers in Austin, Texas. 
Cashiers at Youngblood's Fried Chicken in Austin, Texas in the 1960's.
The first Kentucky Fried Chicken stand in Austin taken on August 10, 1960. Not sure where this was located. Anybody out there know?

The first Kentucky Fried Chicken stand in Austin taken on August 10, 1960. I never realized they served up hamburgers. Not sure where this was located. Anybody out there know?

Blue Bird Coffee Shop, Unknown

The Blue Bird Coffee Shop in Austin, Texas. That church, I know it but which one is it!?!
The Blue Bird Coffee Shop in Austin, Texas.
Customers dining at the Blue Bird Coffee Shop. Gotta say that waitress has on a pretty darling dress!

This one is my favorite of the ones I've found but I can't seem to find any information on it! I recognize the church in the first photo but can't place it. And that second photo, love the waitress's dress, so darling!

Villa Capri, 2300 North Interregional Highway (Now I-35)

Inside the restaurant at the Villa Capri Motel in Austin, Texas. Those chandeliers are insanely awesome!
Folks dining at the Villa Capri restaurant in 1960. The Villa Capri was actually a motel on I-35 near the University of Texas with an attached restaurant. Check out this kitschy commercial from the 1960s!

Folks dining at the Villa Capri restaurant in 1960. The Villa Capri was actually a motel on I-35 near the University of Texas with an attached restaurant. Check out this kitschy commercial from the 1960s!

Victor's Italian Village Restaurant, 409 West 23rd Street

Staff of Victor's Italian Village Restaurant behind the bar. The restaurant was located at 409 West 23rd Street in Austin, Texas.

The staff of Victor's Italian Village Restaurant behind the bar in the 1940's. Wish there were more spots in Austin with counter dining!

La Fiesta Mexican Food, Unknown

La Fiesta Mexican Food Dining Room in Austin, Texas, 1962.

La Fiesta Mexican Food Dining Room in 1962. I feel like I know this building but can't identify it, any help!?

Non-Commissioned Officers Mess, Bergstrom Air Force Base

The bar at the non-commissioned officers mess at Bergstrom's Air Force Base in 1956. Wish I could tell what was on tap!

The bar at the non-commissioned officers mess at Bergstrom's Air Force Base in 1956. Wish I could tell what was on tap!

The Austin History Center and Austin Public Library has a great collection of historical photos available to browse on their online archive. I'd recommend taking a peek if you're into glimpses of the past.

Andrea Kinison Photography

Sharing something a bit different today, a set of photos taken by Andrea Kinnison Photography a few weeks back on a Sunday afternoon jaunt we took out of town. We traded places throughout the afternoon, Andrea posing for me in pieces from the shop, and I for her in vintage we both brought. I've gotta say I'm quite enamored with the photos she captured on film! The Revolog film she used (and uses in a lot of her photography) gives these images just a dreamy slash eerie feel. I love the experimental feel and the unexpected effects she gets. Take a peek below to see her work!

Leslie of Dalena Vintage photographed by Andrea Kinnison.
Leslie of Dalena Vintage photographed by Andrea Kinnison.
Leslie of Dalena Vintage photographed by Andrea Kinnison.
Leslie of Dalena Vintage photographed by Andrea Kinnison.
Leslie of Dalena Vintage photographed by Andrea Kinnison.
Leslie of Dalena Vintage photographed by Andrea Kinnison.
Leslie of Dalena Vintage photographed by Andrea Kinnison.
Leslie of Dalena Vintage photographed by Andrea Kinnison.
Leslie of Dalena Vintage photographed by Andrea Kinnison.
Leslie of Dalena Vintage photographed by Andrea Kinnison.
Leslie of Dalena Vintage photographed by Andrea Kinnison.

One Overcast Afternoon

It's been years since I've picked up a camera and shot for fun. I used to do it all the time for the shop when it was a hobby, but about five years ago I stopped. When I took the shop full time, that aspect of Dalena Vintage was put on the back burner and never really reappeared.

There are a number of reasons why this happened, most of which are good! For example, I get to work with so many amazing photographers that shooting on my own has kind of become unnecessary. I'm also still my only employee and because there is a lot to do (maybe a slight understatement) I flat out don't have time for it.

Lately though, I've been missing it so I asked a new friend if she would be interested in getting out with me. Like me, she loves a good day trip, exploring, photography and, of course, vintage clothing so I was thrilled when she said yes. The only stipulation being that I get in front of the camera for her too which I happily agreed to as I'm a fan of her photography. 

So last Sunday I picked her up and we headed just out of town with a car filled with vintage, a few random items and our cameras. Here are a few of what I took! It's going to take me a while to get back into the swing of things but I'm happy to be on the road back. Stay tuned over the next few days as I share the other three sets! 

Andrea in a 1970s dress from Dalena Vintage. 
Andrea in a 1970's dress from Dalena Vintage.
Andrea in a 1970's maxi dress from Dalena Vintage.
Antique quilts and vintage dresses. Yes, please!
Lavender fields forever. Andrea in a 1970's maxi dress from Dalena Vintage.
Lavender fields forever. Andrea in a 1970's maxi dress from Dalena Vintage.
Lavender fields forever. Andrea in a 1970's maxi dress from Dalena Vintage.

 

P.S. Love the dress?

It's up in the shop!!!