Chef James Holmes closed his fine dining restaurant Olivia Sunday, but he’s not giving up the space. The longtime Austin chef and Abilene native will transform the restaurant into Lucy’s on the Fly, a restaurant focused on take-out service and delivery of his popular Lucy’s Fried Chicken. The space will also have dine-in seating, but the focus of the restaurant will be food to go, which Holmes says has been in high demand for years at his South Austin location and now his North Austin and Lake Travis locations.
The menu will feature the popular fried chicken and sides found at Lucy’s, along with new menu items like a seared chicken breast sandwich, chicken and waffles, Lucy’s burger and fried chicken breast sandwich. Lucy’s on the Fly will also offer a full bar, and the garden from Olivia will be converted into a play area for kids. Construction has already begun, and Holmes hopes to have Lucy’s open in the next few weeks.