Since 1931, But Not Past 2010

Jaimes Spanish Village photo
Vanishing Austin: Since 1931 by Jann Alexander ©2010

At a 2010 open house reception for my downtown Austin gallery, Austin Details Art + Photo, the former owner of Jaime’s Spanish Village found his way over to me to ask about my Vanishing Austin photography series. “Did you get Jaime’s?” he wanted to know.

Yes, in fact, I did, thanks to a call on its closing day from KXAN’s Josh Hinkle. A video and online story, Last Call at Jaime’s Spanish Village, aired on KXAN on its last day, after all 79 years of serving up simple Mexican fare and local Red River soul.

Since 1931, Jaime’s Spanish Village served its plain Mexican and a healthy dose of local community spirit. Until it closed its doors a month ago. 

Which Austin landmark do you miss the most?

See more of what’s vanished in Austin (and there’s more than you might think) HERE.

Shop with PayPal: There are nearly 100 photographs in my ongoing Vanishing Austin series; many are lost, but many are survivors still. Admire them all in a slideshow, HERE. Prints start at $35.

You can marvel at what’s lost and what’s survived in my Endangered Species of Austin poster, featuring 16 Austin icons, and sized at a handsomely large 24 x 36,” available for $25, HERE.

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