Lake Travis chamber, restaurants bound for Oaks at Lakeway center

With H-E-B slated to open at the end of October, construction is progressing on the remaining tenant sites at Oaks at Lakeway, on RR 620 in Lakeway.

The Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce has plans to relocate its headquarters from the Prosperity Bank building, 1415 S. RR 620, Ste. 202, Austin, to a roughly 1,700-square-foot space that includes a visitor center, conference room and staff offices, President Laura Mitchell said. The conference room will be available for use by the chamber membership and the Lake Travis community, she said.

“With the Oaks development we saw an opportunity to have a presence in what will be a very high-traffic location in our area,” Mitchell said. “High traffic to the chamber of commerce and a visitor center allows us to promote our local business community and specifically our membership.”

A timeline for occupancy and a site has not been set, Mitchell said.


Lake Travis chamber, restaurants bound for Oaks at Lakeway center Alan McArthur stands in front of his new Oaks at Lakeway restaurant site under construction.[/caption]

Second-generation restaurateur Alan McArthur said his upscale eatery McArthur’s—planned for 1516 S. RR 620, Ste. 200, in Oaks at Lakeway—will feature wings and a gastropub menu of steaks, hamburgers, salads, pastas and desserts.

He said the 3,500-square-foot restaurant, planned for a November opening, will offer customers two options—a dine-in menu and a delivery service to neighborhoods within a 7-mile radius from the restaurant, including Sweetwater and West Cypress Hills.

McArthur, a resident of Lakeway, said he chose the restaurant’s logo, Mc2, to represent his new endeavor as well as pay homage to his father, who managed Wendy’s restaurants.

“My father taught me that, in the restaurant business, treat people right, have good-quality food and do the right thing,” he said.

The site will house a few unique accessories, including open-bulb light fixtures, a lounge with a chess set centerpiece and a restroom with fixtures that both wash and dry hands from the same appliance, McArthur said.

The restaurant, with a build-out cost of about $500,000, includes a 1,000-square-foot patio and a firepit, he said.

Dinner prices will range from $28 to $30 for steak entrees, $13 for pasta dishes and $10 for salads, McArthur said.

Lake Travis chamber, restaurants bound for Oaks at Lakeway center Oaks at Lakeway monument signs were erected along RR 620 in September.[/caption]

Trattoria Toscano

Stan Adams said he is well-versed in what makes Austin-area restaurants successful and plans to use his experience to start Trattoria Toscano, 2009 Main St., Lakeway.

Adams is the proprietor of Siena, an Italian restaurant he opened 15 years ago at the intersection of Loop 360 and RR 2222, as well as a partner in two local Brick Oven eateries.

He said the 3,500-square-foot authentic Tuscan eatery he has planned for Oaks at Lakeway will include an outdoor patio and a firepit.

“The appeal of Tuscan food is that it is very simple and based on what’s fresh and seasonal,” Adams said. “It’s more about adding less to the food and not adding sauces to cover up flavors that don’t belong [in the dish].”

The menu will offer entrees ranging from $12 to the low $20s, with appetizers priced from $8 to $12, he said. Customers can also choose from Italian, Californian and Texan wines.

Adams said the restaurant represents a $400,000 investment.

Construction on Trattoria Toscano began in October, and Adams said he is expecting to open at the end of January.

Mad Greens

Mad Greens, with restaurants in Colorado and Arizona, executed a lease agreement in September for a site in Oaks at Lakeway, said Bryan Dabbs, real estate broker for center developer Stratus Properties.

However, representatives for the casual restaurant focused on salads and sandwiches declined to provide information about the Lakeway site. According to the company’s website, the Oaks at Lakeway will be the restaurant’s first Texas location.