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Legendary Austin restaurant abruptly closes 3 months after reopening

Legendary Austin restaurant abruptly closes 3 months after reopening

Hudson's on the Bend Austin resaurant new menu Tomahawk Steak
Hudson's on the Bend has closed. Photo by Neil Burger

That was quick: Three months after reopening, legendary Austin reboot Hudson's on the Bend has closed. News of the shutter began circulating on Wednesday, February 15, after Valentine's Day dinner service.

"The restaurant faced challenges and they weren't able to move forward," the team said in a statement published by Austin360.

The beloved restaurant, which has been a staple of Austin's fine-dining scene for over three decades years, temporarily closed in April 2016 after switching hands. Original chef/owner Jeff Blank sold the restaurant and property to local restaurateurs chef Billy Caruso and sommelier Chris McFall, who crafted Prime Thyme Restaurant Group.

The new owners debuted Hudson's in November with an updated farmhouse look and new menu that was billed as a revitalized version of Blank's famous game-centric creations. In the three months of operation, reviews were overwhelmingly positive — Hudson's was one of our favorite new restaurants of 2016.

"It's a little bit more emotional than just reopening a restaurant," Caruso told CultureMap about the reboot in a previous interview. "I feel like I owe it to Lake Travis to bring Hudson's back to life."

Austin experienced no less than 30 high-profile closures last year. It looks like the trend may continue into 2017.