Lake Travis landmark Carlos N' Charlie's will close its doors after Labor Day weekend and the drought is to blame. The restaurant relied mostly on boat traffic and several years of low lake levels have taken a significant toll on business. The lakeside hot spot has been around for nearly 20 years and was the first U.S. location for the international restaurant chain.
"We can't hold off any more hoping for rain and hoping for better lake levels," says general manger Jason Claunch. "Financially, it's the only decision we can make."
Claunch says the closure will impact nearly 50 employees. This weekend the restaurant has been hosting one final party. "It's really sad. A lot of really good customers, people that used to live here and have come back from other cities: Dallas and Houston and San Antonio, just to be a part of our final weekend."
Monday, September 2, Carlos N' Charlies will host an auction to sell of restaurant merchandise and memorabilia.