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Renovated Longtime Hudson’s on the Bend Unexpectedly Closes

It ran for nearly 32 years

Hudson’s on the Bend
Hudson’s on the Bend
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

After an extensive renovation, the longtime and recently renovated Hudson’s on the Bend is now closed. Its last day of service was Valentine’s Day on February 14. The reason? It was because of “challenges that could not be overcome,” according to a press release, but nothing further was added.

Hudson’s, or the restaurant formerly known as, was owned by Prime Thyme Restaurant Group, which consisted of new owners Billy Caruso (who was the chef) and advanced sommelier Chris McFall. The group bought the restaurant from its founder Jeff Blank in March 2016. The sale also included the Mighty Cone food trucks.

When they took over Hudson’s, they closed the restaurant last spring for renovations, which included adding a wine cellar and expanding the patio. It reopened in November 2016.

The shutter doesn’t affect Mighty Cone. Prime Thyme is still going to make use of the space on Ranch Road 620, teasing that one of the Mighty Cone trucks will open at the address.

Blank opened Hudson's in 1984. Caruso was the executive chef of III Forks in Chicago, was a former partner at 24 Diner and Easy Tiger, as well as a sommelier at Paggi House. McFall worked at Houston's Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, Paggi House, and Sullivan's Steakhouse.

Hudson's on the Bend

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