Yesterday I learned from my son, that Shady Grove is closing. This isn't the first sad news of closures.
Barton Springs Road
Shady Grove has always been a favorite. Since there are a million unusual, one-of-a-kind restaurants in Austin, that says a lot.
The business has been sitting on Barton Springs Road for nearly 3 decades. The neon sign and stone building make it look like it's closer to 80 years old. With the towering trees, it reminds me of a roadside cafe on old Route 66.
The outdoor dining grounds were already filling up.
The old metal chairs, towering trees and grass, always made me feel like I was stepping back into the summers of my childhood.
We found a spot on the patio, where umbrellas and trees kept diners cool.
We studied the menus, with options like Queso Catfish, Truckstop Meatloaf and Hippie Sandwich.
Heidi and I ordered margaritas and toasted to our little get-together.
Were they watermelon flavored? I don't remember, but they were delicious.
The colored lights at the outdoor bar, came on first.
We were too early for any musical performances. Live music used to attract a lot of guests to Shady Grove.
I'm pretty sure these were the Airstream Chili Cheese Fries.
I remember Heidi said we had to get them, because they were the best.
Trees and Fresh Air
Looking at these 4-year-old photos makes me extra sad, to know they must close.
With restaurants beginning to reopen this May, it seems they could have managed somehow. We're told that patio dining will be the safest, of all restaurant dining. It's hard to imagine how different it would feel, to dine under those trees... at spaced-apart tables, looking around at mask-wearing guests.
I'll miss the patio and I'll miss the Airstream bathrooms.
I loved the idea of "powdering my nose" in a trailer. I loved the door with howdy written above.
I wonder what will become of these trailers and the neon sign and the stone building.
I'm really feeling frustrated that I never made it inside to see what the interior dining area looked like!
Shady Grove... Relaxed Dining! I will miss this place!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.