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Couch Potatoes statue relocating to new amusement park at COTA

The couch is moving but you'll still be able to see it in Austin. (

Those three giant spuds that adorn the roof of Couch Potatoes, 10500 N Interstate 35 Frontage Road, are moving from their eye-catching highway spot to COTALAND, the Circuit of the America's new amusement park.

The move started Friday morning by Austin-based Matriarch Metalwork, who will handle the move of the 34-foot long, 22-foot tall statue. The potatoes will be on display at the park on Oct. 22.

Opening in summer 2022, COTALAND will have more than 18 rides—three of them rollercoasters—and officials say they'll have more announcements coming in early 2022.

"We are thrilled our 'Couch Potato' will stay in Austin and better yet, at COTA's new amusement park—where they will be viewed and enjoyed by thousands of guests throughout the year," co-owner of Couch Potatoes Brian Morgan said.

In addition to the new space, the couch potatoes are getting a makeover—a new sofa that will allow the statue to move more freely among the grounds. The gigantic old sofa officially needs a new home and interested parties should email

COTALAND is a fitting home for the "largest sofa in Texas," possibly the world but "it's hard to get the Guinness book people out to see it," as it was designed by a retired amusement park designer.

An Austin staple, the statue sat on southbound I-35 for eight years between Austin and Round Rock city limits. The sign includes three potatoes—one for each of the furniture store founders.


1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.