The quickest way to lose your business is not to pay your employees. That was step number one for Grill Italia. They had announced earlier that their place was closing but owner, Pepi Osmani, promised it was temporary.
I drive by the former BL Bistro location a lot. It's in my neighborhood. So I have watched it transform a few times. It was once BL Bistro - 2203 S Austin. Then after a split they closed and it changed to The Gem. They closed down as well. Back in April I saw that it leased.