Lakeside restaurants hurting from rainy weather spell


AUSTIN (KXAN) — On a good day on Lake Austin, the boat slips are packed, with customers flowing into lakeside restaurants all day and night from the water.

But on Thursday night, it is empty and it’s been like that for a while.

People are still walking into Hula Hut from the street. But manager Brandon Rushing said its far from the same volume they would normally have this time of year.

Right now, there is a waterway ban between Red Bud Trail and Tom Miller Dam. The Austin Fire Department said it will re-evaluate on Friday morning to see if additional closures are needed.

Rushing said this is brining back bad memories from the October floods and some of the precautions his staff had to take back then.

“Definitely there were some rumors about whether or not restaurants were going to have to boil their water again and that just killed business as well. Not just for us, but for everyone across town,” Rushing said.

KXAN checked with the city and as of Thursday night, there should be no concern. Officials said the drinking water was could be consumed.

The weather, however, should keep up like this for days.

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