Hudson’s on the Bend was a landmark restaurant in the Lakeway area for decades. Chef and co-founder Jeff Blank turned it into a spot that could serve as destination-dinner retreat and comfortable home for regulars. He sold the business in 2016 to an owner who reopened the restaurant in November 2016 under the guidance of young chef Billy Caruso and sommelier Chris McFall. The week I (positively) reviewed the restaurant last year, it suddenly closed with no explanation.
Now, it’s coming back. An ownership group that includes real estate developer, serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Dilum Chandrasoma, musician Kris Kimura, former J. Black’s general manager Eric Leonard, and entrepreneur Lysa Nguyen purchased the restaurant in December. They plan to reopen in mid-March under the name Hudson’s Hill Country, with the kitchen under the stewardship of executive chef John Sturdivant, formerly of Z’Tejas.
Chandrasoma was a regular at Hudson’s on the Bend for about 25 years, and he said he wants to bring back the classic ambiance and that nostalgic feel that made it so popular for so long. He describes the reboot as “a modern classic of Hudson’s,” with a menu and vibe that “made Hudson’s an Austin icon.” The new owners have no major changes in store for the space, which was renovated by the previous owners.
In addition to Hudson’s Hill Country, the owners also just opened Parker Jazz Club, in the space beneath the old Spaghetti Warehouse on Fourth Street.
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