Hudson’s on the Bend, the longtime Hill Country restaurant run by Jeff Blank, was sold to chef Billy Caruso and advanced sommelier Chris McFall. The sale includes Blank’s popular food truck The Mighty Cone, which will still run.
The restaurant will shutter starting on Monday, April 4 for minor renovations, which includes the creation of a wine cellar and a larger patio. The plan is to reopen in late August. Everything else will remain mostly the same, including a majority of the menu, the cooking classes, and store.
Caruso was currently the executive chef of III Forks in Chicago and used to be a partner in 24 Diner and Easy Tiger. McFall worked at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Houston, as well as Lamberts Downtown Barbecue and Sullivan’s Steakhouse. The two both worked at now-closed Paggi House.
To fete the occasion, there will be a series of farewell dinners beginning today, March 28, until Sunday, April 3, hosted by Blank, who opened the restaurant in 1984. He will remain as a consultant to Caruso and McFall.