Hudson’s Hill Country now open in the former Hudson’s on the Bend space

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One of Central Texas’ great legacy restaurants has been rebooted. Again. Hudson’s Hill Country announced Tuesday on Facebook that it is now open for dinner daily from 6 to 9 p.m. The restaurant is housed in the Lakeway-area space Jeff Blank made famous starting in 1984.

The dining area at the entry to Hudson’s Hill Country. (Credit:

Real estate developer, serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Dilum Chandrasoma purchased the restaurant in December months after the initial reboot closed. Chandrasoma brought on executive chef John Sturdivant, formerly of Z’Tejas, to create a menu that riffs on the Hill Country classics that were the staples of the Hudson’s menu. The final menu is expected to be released in the coming days, but Chandrasoma said it will be comprised of Hudson’s wild and exotic game classics, original Hill Country-inspired dishes and a vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.

“We’re trying to accommodate everyone’s palate,” Chandrasoma said.

Blank sold his longtime business in 2016 to an owner who reopened the restaurant in November 2016 under the guidance of young chef Billy Caruso and sommelier Chris McFall. The week I (positively) reviewed the restaurant last year, it suddenly closed with no explanation.

Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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