Shack 512 restaurant along Lake Travis to reopen after historic flooding

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VOLENTE, Texas — The only thing left visible at Shack 512 after last year’s flooding along Lake Travis was the roof.

Business owners said although the last few months were a struggle, they are ready to get the business back up and running.

“When I got down here, I realized what it’s like to be at the bottom of the river,” Jon Silva, owner of Shack 512, said. “In the end, the water ended up touching the beam on the ceiling.”

The restaurant was completely submerged. The only thing visible was the aluminum roof.

“Before you knew it, they told me to take all my stuff out and try to save my business,” Silva said.

The historic flooding along the Colorado River in October took nearly everything in his business.

“Zebra mussels were all over the decks,” Silva said. “When we first walked in here, it was like walking down the shoreline.”

All you can do is smile. Re-opening may just mean to some people a place to grab a burger and a refreshing drink on the lake. To us it is definitely that, but so much more. It was pretty devastating…

The business had thousands of dollars worth of damages, forcing them to close for months.

“Everything got affected,” he said. “We had mold everywhere.”

Many of his belongings were washed down the river, and they were forced to anchor down a cooler so it won’t float away.

Crews are now doing final detail work to prepare for the restaurant’s reopening.

“I think if your heart is in the right place and you do it for the right reason, you can overcome just about anything,” Silva said.

Shack 512 is expected to open back up for business on Wednesday after being closed down for about five months.


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