Bunkhouse Group has helped define the look and feel of Austin as much as any hospitality company in the city over the last decade-plus with properties like the Hotel San Jose and Hotel Saint Cecilia.
But the local hotel properties from the Austin-based company have historically offered limited food and beverage offerings. That all changes this week, as Bunkhouse opens its first full-service hotel restaurant, Summer House on Music Lane, at the new Hotel Magdalena, located at 1101 Music Lane, just steps away from bustling South Congress Avenue.
The hotel was developed on part of the site of that was home to the historic old Terrace Motel Hotel, which was purchased by Willie Nelson in the 1970s and at that time partially converted into the Austin Opry House, and is intended to pay homage to 1970s lakeside culture, with ample outdoor areas, courtyards and design elements reflecting the wood and rocks of Central Texas.
The restaurant is meant to echo that same casual vibe, with a kitchen featuring a live-fire grill and rotisserie. Summer House on Music Lane is led by executive chef Jeffrey Hundelt, who previously served as culinary director at Fresa’s and Launderette, and the restaurant’s menu reflects the latter, with dinner dishes like whipped feta with tomato jam, tuna crudo, striped bass, pappardelle Bolognese, and grilled steak with chimichurri.
The restaurant at the 89-room hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, with brunch served on weekends.
The Hotlel Magdalena, the largest to date from Bunkhouse, which is majority-owned by Standard International, was designed in collaboration with Austin architecture firm Lake | Flato.
Owners say the Magdalena is the first mass timber hotel constructed in North America, with pieces of that wood visible in the hotel's ceiling design and exterior walkways.