Hooters near Lady Bird Lake closes to make way for tower
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.