One of Central Texas’ great legacy restaurants has been rebooted. Again. Hudson’s Hill Country announced Tuesday on Facebook that it is now open for dinner daily from 6 to 9 p.m. The restaurant is housed in the Lakeway-area space Jeff Blank made famous starting in 1984.
Real estate developer, serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Dilum Chandrasoma purchased the restaurant in December months after the initial reboot closed. Chandrasoma brought on executive chef John Sturdivant, formerly of Z’Tejas, to create a menu that riffs on the Hill Country classics that were the staples of the Hudson’s menu. The final menu is expected to be released in the coming days, but Chandrasoma said it will be comprised of Hudson’s wild and exotic game classics, original Hill Country-inspired dishes and a vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.
“We’re trying to accommodate everyone’s palate,” Chandrasoma said.
Blank sold his longtime 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.
Dinner date was an adventurous one for us last night: @ryanawiese tried chicken-fried antelope and we had other #wildgame like trout, rabbit & duck. Fine dining in our immediate area is a very short list so we were proud to attend the soft-opening of a longtime area staple, Hudson’s on the Bend, now revamped with a new head chef & under new ownership, called @hudsonshillcountry #eatlocal #locallysourced #fivestarservice #lakeway #westaustin