Austin’s Mr. Natural on South Lamar closes; Cesar Chavez store remains

Mr. Natural on South Lamar Boulevard is closing on June 30 after 20 years in business.

The coronavirus pandemic may feel like it has receded into the past for many, but for some business owners, its effects can still be felt. 

Isabel Mendoza, whose parents Luisa and Jesus founded the vegetarian restaurant and health food store Mr. Natural, told the American-Statesman that the family made the difficult decision to close its location at 2414 S. Lamar Blvd. after 20 years due to sluggish sales that were compounded by the current high price of goods. Friday is the location’s last day of business.

The Mendozas opened the store in December 2003 at the corner of Bluebonnet Lane and South Lamar Boulevard following the success of their first location at 1901 E. Cesar Chavez St., which they opened in 1988, a few years after the family moved to Austin from Monterrey, Mexico. 

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