Abandoned Zilker Park Cafe expected to return after renovations

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Zilker Park favorite is expected to make a return this fall, after the city finishes renovations and finds a vendor.

The Zilker Café served Barton Springs Pool visitors for more than a half-century, but it has been closed for over three years because of safety and health code violations.

The city said Tuesday it is renovating the building and will take bids on a new vendor starting this month.

In a meeting Tuesday city staff said construction should be complete by the fall.

Parks and Recreation Board member Rich DePalma says seeing movement on this project is a relief.

“Previously they [vendors] looked at the space, and it had issues. Now, when they go look at the space, it’s going to be brand new.”

This is the money the city made from the concession stand when it was open, based on a previous deal with the old vendor. It includes an annual payment and a percentage of the vendor’s sales:

FY2010: $156,694
FY2011: $138,024
FY2012: $149,082
FY2013: $142,675
FY2014: $150,480
FY2015: $91,380 (lower due to end of contract period)

There are two temporary food trucks that currently pay the city $1,500 each for a six-month permit.

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