The Pier Will Close Unless It Can Find a New Home

Austin’s real estate boom may claim another long-time landmark. The Pier on Lake Austin, a restaurant that has served a haven for boaters since it served as a speakeasy during Prohibition was told in March that the current land owners will be terminating its lease effective September 30th.

Owner Larry Spector told the Austin Business Journal that they are actively looking for a new home: “While they have declined our initial offer to operate under the existing name, we are optimistic that they will reconsider. In the meantime, to keep the legend alive, we are scouting new locations, one of which is on Lake Austin.”

Since 1981, Mike Walsh has been bringing in some of Austin’s best live acts (including Los Lonely Boys, Bob Schneider, Monte Montgomery and The Resentments) to play at the Pier, and he plans to close down the place with a star-studded send-off with Leon Russell, Big Brother and the Holding Company and Cross Canadian Ragweed slated to play. To finish things off, Walsh said that Willie Nelson may appear at the Pier’s final show.

Which old Austin haunt will be eaten by condos or surrounded by a high priced shopping plaza or big box behemoth next? Stay tuned. We still have plenty of cultural institutions and aquifer land available for greedy developers to exploit.

(Pictured at right: Zack Rosicka of Contagious Blues Band at the Pier during last week’s Lake Austin Blues Festival)

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