Dirty Martin's Place is considered by many to be an Austin tradition. Known in its early years as Martin’s Kum-Bak after owner John Martin, "Dirty’s," as it is affectionately known, has continued operation since its opening adjacent to campus in 1926. Anybody craving a burger can rely on Dirty Martin's Place, whose recipes have remained virtually unchanged for 95 years.
However, Dirty's is now threatened by Austin's rapid growth and development. Approved by Austin voters in 2020 as Proposition A, Project Connect expands the city’s transit network with new light rail lines and rapid bus routes, a downtown transit tunnel, and other infrastructure improvements. As proposed, the Orange Line’s path entails the demolition of Dirty’s and other nearby structures, as well as two buildings at the intersection of Guadalupe and Dean Keeton Street.