On the heels of the past weekend’s Zack’s American Bistro closure in Four Points, two more local eateries are now closed, and one restaurant just announced it will shut its doors in August. However, a new dining venture is planning a late spring opening in Westlake.
Closings in Lake Travis
Sister restaurants Hasler Brothers Steakhouse and Cindy’s Bar and Grill, 12801 Hill Country Blvd., Ste. C1-130, Bee Cave, closed after dinner service March 11.
The 8-year-old steakhouse relocated from Bastrop to the Hill Country Galleria in 2014, and the husband-and-wife co-owners—Lake Travis residents Cindy and Mike Herman—shared a kitchen between the two restaurants. Hasler Brothers not only served steak but also offered crab macaroni and cheese, lamb and pork chops, seafood, chicken and bread pudding. Cindy’s featured big-screen televisions for sports watching and served hamburgers, wings, wraps, salads, sandwiches, tacos and nachos.
“This community is going to The Domain,” Mike Herman said. “You can’t survive without community support.”
He also said the area’s high rent and staffing shortage contributed to the restaurant’s downfall.
Citing an increase in rent, Briarcliff Bistro and Bacon Bar, 108 Pace Bend Road, Spicewood, will close in August, co-founder/co-owner Jennifer Halpine told Community Impact Newspaper. The establishment, which opened in 2013 and is co-owned by Halpine along with Jeff Demgen and Robert Kinslow, serves hamburgers, steak, chicken, sandwiches, pork chops, seafood and salads, including a Bacon Caesar Salad.
“We’ve been here for four years, and we have a loyal customer base, a very high volume of business and strong ratings from [restaurant and business reviewer]Yelp,” Halpine said. “[The Bistro] is really a “Cheers” environment—everyone feels safe and comfortable, a community gathering-type atmosphere.”
The restaurant showcases live local bands and features a karaoke night at 9 p.m. on the first and third Thursday evenings of every month, she said.
“We’ve managed to survive finding employees, but the rent is the only reason we’re doing this,” Halpine said.
She said the “Bacon Ship” plans to reopen after August in a new location, but the owners have not found a venue. Meanwhile, at its current site, Halpine said the Bistro will offer special events and parties during the next few months, including an anniversary party at the end of July that will mark the rermination of food service.
Coming soon to Westlake
Asian-fusion restaurant Jade, 3801 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Ste. C-200, Austin, is set to open mid-May in the Davenport Village space that formerly housed Eleven Plates & Wine, General Manager Michael De La Rosa said.
The eatery will feature a Sunday morning dim sum brunch, including various types of steamed buns with fillings and other traditional Chinese small plates, De La Rosa said. One of the restaurant’s co-owners, William Wong, is a Master Dim Sum Chef and was trained in Hong Kong, he said. The remaining owners are Wong’s brother Tackee Huynh and business associate Tat Liu, he said.
“We wanted [to provide]a more upscale Asian presence in the area with great drinks and food at reasonable prices,” De La Rosa said.