Amid floods, floating resturaunt uses boat to bring in customers

Dock underwater at Gnarly Gar restaurant following flooding on Lake Travis (KXAN Photo)
Dock underwater at Gnarly Gar restaurant following flooding on Lake Travis (KXAN Photo)

POINT VENTURE, Texas (KXAN) — A floating restaurant on Lake Travis is sitting higher with all of the rain that has fallen over the last several days.The Gnarly Gar goes up and down with the lake level, but the long, narrow dock customers use to get to the restaurant is underwater.

It is the only way to access the restaurant by land. Owner Todd Hynes did not want to lose business.

“You’ve got to be smart, you’ve got to be innovative, you’ve gotta find ways to fix it instead of just laying down and putting your hands up,” said Hynes.

He decided to roll out a new restaurant shuttle, a pontoon boat that provides a five minute trip to the table.

“It’s really convenient,” said customer Lauren Bonicoro.

She is a regular at the Gnarly Gar, and happened to be arriving on her own boat Saturday to enjoy some live music. The 70’s rock band, Morning Star, had to go with the flow. They hauled their equipment in by boat, which is a first. These musicians were not looking forward to lugging it across a narrow dock.

“[My band mate] said, ‘Wow, it would be great if we had a boat.’ Now we’ve got a boat!” said band member David Effries.

It is just one more example of how those on the lake learn to survive in any situation.

“We’ve been through flood in 2007, we’ve been thru the longest drought that we’ve had in decades and here were are back again with a full blown flood,” said Hynes. “We just kind of keep on rolling with it.”

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