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Austin's Russian House restaurant changes name in solidarity with Ukraine

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The Russian House of Austin will officially operate as “The House” from now on, a decision prompted after Russia’s attack and invasion on Ukraine.

Owner Varda Monamour said she made the “tough” decision in solidarity with Ukraine, after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine in the early morning of Feb. 24, feeling the House should be a welcoming symbol to all.

The Russian House, located on East 5th Street downtown, has been operating for more than 10 years; it serves eastern European and Slavic dishes and flexes over a 100 infused vodkas.

Letters from the sign were taken down on Sunday. Monamour said the decision was also made in solidarity with Russians who don’t support the war, as well as for the people of Austin to understand her stance.

Since changing the name, Monamour said she has seen an outpouring of support from the community and Austin's Ukraine community.


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