First look: The League Kitchen & Tavern opens Hill Country Galleria location

The location features a large outdoor seating area with televisions. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
The location features a large outdoor seating area with televisions. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

The location features a large outdoor seating area with televisions. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The League Kitchen & Tavern offers customers a spacious indoor dining area and private dining room for parties. (Phyllis Campos/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The owner's family photos line the subway-tiled walls of the dining room. (Phyllis Campos/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Employees work at the restaurant's grand opening. (Phyllis Campos/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The location includes a bar area with a more expansive alcohol selection than other locations. (Phyllis Campos/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Bee Cave location features murals also shown in the original restaurant in Lakeway. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Tony Ciola and Creed Ford, owners of The League Kitchen & Tavern, celebrated the grand opening of their fourth location March 2 at the Hill Country Galleria.

Since the opening day, the restaurant’s sprawling outdoor patio has been filled with diners.

“There was definitely a lot of anticipation,” Ciola said. “We have a lot of roots here.”

Still, the process of launching the first Bee Cave location was not an easy one. Ciola called the opening the “finale of a rough road.”

The team initially planned a grand opening in summer 2020—then the pandemic arrived in Central Texas, halting the process.



After battling unanticipated delays, The League was set to open in mid-February, on the same week as the historic Texas winter storm. Thankfully, the location did not experience any damages related to the freeze.

Following a difficult year of pivoting, Ciola and Ford said it is great to finally open their doors to their customers and employees who have stuck with the company since the pandemic began.

“In general we’re both excited,” Ford said. “It’s good to have good news.”

The new location features the same made-from-scratch menu as the Lakeway, Dripping Springs and Avery Ranch locations. Much like the other locations, Ciola and Ford’s antique family photos line the walls.

However, the Hill Country Galleria location does offer a new experience for diners.

The location is the company’s largest to date and encompasses roughly 5,000 square feet. It is complete with a large private dining section, which can be rented out.

The team plans to use the additional space to ramp up some of their events such as The League’s Octoberfest, which will take place in September.

The League Kitchen and Tavern - Bee Cave

13420 Galleria Circle, Ste. A-128, Bee Cave

512-808-2170

www.leaguekitchen.com

Hours: Sun-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.