Nov 2, 2021 - Food and Drink

Austin lakeside restaurant changes owners

Perla's restaurant on South Congress.

The ownership group behind Perla's restaurant on South Congress has taken over Ski Shores Cafe. Photo: Asher Price/Axios

Lake Austin mainstay Ski Shores Cafe, opened by the Fowler family in 1954, was purchased by McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality, Matthew Odam reports in the American-Statesman.

Driving the news: The hotel-and-restaurant group behind June's, Elizabeth Street Cafe, Perla's and others is going to reopen Ski Shores in the spring, overhauling the menu while keeping its lakeside vibe.

What they're saying: "Ski Shores has always been about good, old-fashioned boating culture, seeing boats pull up and getting off barefoot and that whole vibe," MML founding partner Larry McGuire told the Statesman. "Growing up here, the lake is such a big part of it, and I don't think some people necessarily associate it with Austin. It was definitely more of a ski bum/lake rat type town when I was growing up."

On the menu: Expect burgers, fried catfish, enchiladas and oysters.

Of note: This spring, MML plans to open a second location of Lou's, its hipster sandwich, rotisserie and soft-serve joint, on Barton Springs Road.

Initially known as Lou's Bodega, the original location on East Cesar Chavez faced accusations of cultural appropriation and was cited as an example of gentrification when it opened in East Austin's Holly neighborhood in early 2019.


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