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Hooters near Lady Bird Lake closes to make way for tower

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com
If you want wings, you're going to have to find somewhere besides Hooters in South Austin. [Facebook.com/AustinRiverside]

The wrecking ball will soon come for the shell of the former Hooters on Riverside Drive, just south of Lady Bird Lake. That long-standing location of the "breastaurant" chain has closed, following a 2017 announcement that the site would become home to a new mixed-use tower.

The restaurant near downtown opened in 1995. The trust of the late Charles Schulz, creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip, once owned the 1.4-acre lot. Construction will begin this year on RiverSouth, a 15-story tower that will have about 330,000 square feet of office space and about 18,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, as reported by the American-Statesman.

Hooters still operates locations in Round Rock and San Marcos. While the "breastaurant" trend is fading in the Austin market, including the recent rebranding of Bikini's Bar & Grill on Sixth Street, the area is still home to Bone Daddy's on Research Boulevard and Twin Peaks on Stassney Lane.