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.
An ownership group that includes real estate developer, serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Dilum Chandrasoma, musician Kris Kimura, former J. Black’s general manager Eric Leonard, and entrepreneur Lysa Nguyen purchased the restaurant in December months after the initial reboot closed. The new owners 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 website doesn’t list the current menu.
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.
In addition to Hudson’s Hill Country, the owners also recently opened Parker Jazz Club, in the space beneath the old Spaghetti Warehouse on Fourth Street.