Wednesday, September 18, 2013 , Updated 3:55 p.m., September 24, 2013
UPDATED: Little Elm will have a Hula Hut in 2014
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LITTLE ELM Austin Tex-mex joint Hula Hut will open a restaurant in Little Elm by the end of 2014. The restaurant on Lake Austin is regularly packed with people eating and drinking on the beach bar patio.
The Little Elm Hula Hut will be the brand's second location.
The Little Elm town council unanimously approved a request called the Chapter 380 Economic Development Program and Agreement on September 17, and with that approval, the Hula Hut has the green light to start work in Little Elm. An agreement with the town's Economic Development Corporation had been approved the week prior, on September 9.
The new restaurant will be located on a 1.8-acre site next to Hydrous Wake Park on Eldorado Parkway. Though Hula Hut will not be directly located on Lewisville Lake, it will overlook it, and a pond will be built under a 5,000 square foot patio. The interior of the restaurant will be about 7,000 square feet.
UPDATE: A press release from the town of Little Elm confirms the new Hula Hut location. Says the release:
Hula Hut is one of the most popular restaurants in the state capital, featuring a Tex-Mex cuisine overlaid with a Polynesian decor, leading to its distinctive tagline as having a “Tiki-Mex” flavor. Its single location overlooks Lake Austin. Established in 1993 at Oyster Landing by a consortium which included managing partner Duffy Oyster, the restaurant is known for its fresh ingredients and proprietary recipes. Live music and specialty drinks are offered in the various bars within the establishment, many bearing names and tastes in keeping with the South Pacific theme.
The Austin Hula Hut averages $8 million in sales per year, according to the press release.
Construction begins in April or May 2014, and opening is estimated in late summer 2014.
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