May 2016


The Congress at 7th Downtown is closed as of February 2015 to make room for the development of a new upscale Hotel by Starwood Resorts called ALOFT & ELEMENT.  Demolition of the interior will begin next week and the building within a few weeks. Many of you have noticed the holes already in the floors and walls over the past couple of months. 

We would like to THANK all of our loyal guests that we have welcomed into our family. Many of you we see every day, every week, and some 3 times a day. Whether you visit us every day or you plan your trip to visit us once a year, we really appreciate your support of our food, our staff and our support of local farms and products.  

We would like to invite you to stop in at our Original location at 3010 S Lamar Blvd in the 04 (78704).  We also want to THANK and RECOGNIZE our staff at both locations for working hard as it shows in some of the most recent news releases in February 2015: 

  • Eater Austin ranked us # 7 in “The Best Places for Lunch in Downtown Austin”
  • Yahoo took Huffington Post’s Thrillist article “The Best Burgers in the Country, According to Chefs”

Some of the facts that you may have questions about: 

Q: What does this mean about Wholly Cow Burgers?      A: Wholly Cow Burgers will be going strong. We have the original location at 3010 S Lamar Blvd, Austin TX 78704, a Food Truck, and Catering currently. 

Q: Are you opening another location downtown?     A: We are currently in negotiations for a few locations. A couple in the downtown area, on the North side of Austin and a San Antonio location. 

Q: What about the staff from the Congress location?      A: Most of our staff work at both locations already. Some are family members and the rest are “adopted family members”. 

Q: What is something about the Congress location that not very many people know?      A: We opened in February of 2012. While we were training our new staff. Comedian and Actor John Leguizamo was playing the Paramount/State Theater and ended up being our first paying customer before we opened the doors. 

Q: How is such a short notice of closure affecting you?      A: Even though we knew the demolition and development was inevitable once the building’s historical status was changed, and the demolition application was approved by the prior City Council last year; we’re all sadden that it came a short notice for our guests and staff. 

Q: What about the Legislation, Catering or other Standard Orders placed through the Downtown location? A: All orders and caterings already booked through the Congress location will be fulfilled through the Lamar location until another downtown location is opened. (

Q: Do you have information about the new Hotel and demolition going in at Congress? A: Attached are some links to articles on the Hotel and we’ll try to post the architects’ rendering.

Q: Any final thoughts? A: Words cannot truly express the heartfelt Thanks to all of the people who are concerned about our future. Many of the future locations that we are in negotiations are recommendations from our guests. 

THANKS and we’ll see you tomorrow,