Longtime Austin bar MugShots—known for its iconic photo booth and photos lining the walls—has closed its doors after 18 years of operation. Like other Austin businesses, it fell victim to the pandemic.
MugShots, which is on East 7th Street, released a statement on their Facebook page this weekend thanking the community for its support over the years, but that it is forced to shut its doors permanently.
When bars were first forced to shutdown in March, MugShots started a GoFundMe, raising more than $8,000.
Marcos Canchola, Brian Hyde and the late Keith Young opened MugShots in 2002. It was one of a string of bars to pop up in the area, including The Hideout Pub, Bender Bar & Grill, Pour House Pub, Violet Crown Social Club, Pour House Pints & Pies and Hitmaker Brewing Company.
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