First look: Saltgrass Steak House sets its sights on Bee Cave


Replacing Mimi’s Café at Hill Country Galleria, Saltgrass Steak House is one step closer to its opening after Bee Cave City Council unanimously approved the site’s modification plan during its June 12 meeting.

The 1.13-acre lot would largely remain the same, but would see a few changes in landscape, lighting and exterior walls, according to city documents. The restaurant would also have a new 154 square-foot entry porch on its south side, as well as new roof elements and awnings.

During its June 5 meeting, Bee Cave’s Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed and recommended the plan under the condition that all lightbulbs in the outdoor or patio area remain one watt or less in order to reduce light pollution, city documents showed.

At the City Council meeting, Daniel Smith, representing the owner of Saltgrass Steak House, proposed the city adopt dimmed three-watt bulbs at 33 percent of their maximum capacity instead of one-watt bulbs as recommended. Smith said available one-watt bulbs are mostly frosted, whereas the dimmed three-watt bulbs would allow customers to read the menu under the lights and work better for ambience.

The City Council approved the lighting plan as part of the design. The opening date of the restaurant is yet to be set, although a representative from Hill Country Galleria told Community Impact Newspaper the venue is due to open later this year. Mimi’s closed in April, leaving two other Mimi’s restaurants in the greater Austin area.

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  1. That is a fantastic observation. Of course this is a rendering sent to the city from the developer. We’ll follow up. RM

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Yue "Stella" Yu covers Lake Travis, Westlake, Leander and Cedar Park. She is a journalism student at University of Missouri. Prior to this summer, she was a city government reporter at Columbia Missourian. Three things she loves the most: jazz, dogs and community journalism. Feel free to reach out at 573-529-5725 or email her at
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