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Upscale Austin Hospitality Group Buys Longtime Restaurant Ski Shores Cafe

McGuire Moorman Lambert is taking over the Lake Austin restaurant’s operations and has turned the Barton Springs location into its casual cafe Lou’s

A restaurant patio next to a lake.
Ski Shores.
Ski Shores/Facebook

Local hospitality giant McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality (MML) has bought both locations of casual restaurant Ski Shores, with plans to revitalize the Lake Austin location and turn the Barton Springs location into a second location of its casual cafe Lou’s, as reported by Austin 360. The Ski Shores on Lake Austin is currently closed, but the Barton Springs location of Lou’s opened on May 15.

MML founding partner Larry McGuire told Austin 360 that the Lake Austin location of Ski Shores will mostly stay the same, serving its same menu of fried catfish, fried oysters, burgers, and other casual dishes. The new location of Lou’s will similarly have a casual menu of burgers, chicken tenders, and frozen custard.

Ski Shores opened in 1954 on Lake Austin, and expanded to a second location in Zilker Park in February 2020. Lou’s opened in January 2019 in the Holly neighborhood as Lou’s Bodega to a fair amount of controversy (though it seems unlikely that the second location will attract the ire of protest groups).

MML née MMH has experience renovating beloved Austin restaurants, as the group’s first project was taking over Clarksville restaurant Jeffrey’s in 2012. The group has since opened over a dozen restaurants in Austin (most recently Pecan Square Cafe in April), and has expanded to New Orleans and Aspen. Hotelier Liz Lambert, formerly of Bunkhouse Hospitality, joined founders McGuire and Tom Moorman in 2021.

Updated May 16: This article has been updated to reflect the opening date of Lou’s on Barton Springs.

Lou's [Barton Springs]

1608 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704 Visit Website

Ski Shores Cafe [CLOSED]

1608 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704 (737) 222-5600 Visit Website

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