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Waterloo Ice House on 38th Street closes, will become Doc’s Motorworks

Matthew Odam


The Waterloo Ice House that recently closed on 38th Street will be converted into a Doc’s Motorworks. Doc’s is slated to open in mid-April.

Ted Karam, who has ownership stake in both Doc’s and Waterloo, and his partners decided that the 38th Street location is “too small to fit the prototype of family entertainment that Waterloo has grown into (large playgrounds, game rooms, extensive bar areas),” according to a spokesperson for Waterloo.

Ownership feels the 38th Street location will be “a perfect place for a Doc’s, especially with the way that specific area of the city is growing and changing so rapidly.”

With the closing of Waterloo, ownership will scout “other locations for a new Waterloo that will be able to encompass everything the brand has grown into.”


Waterloo Ice House closed its 38th Street location near the medical center.

Last year the restaurant group closed its two non-company-owned locations at Avery Ranch and the Galleria at Bee Caves. When those two locations closed in November, ownership said the moves were made as “the start of several plans for Waterloo’s future” with an eye on “big plans to bring the bar and restaurant chain back to its roots.”

With the closing of the 38th Street location, Waterloo, which originally opened on Congress Avenue in 1976, has four locations.