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Cowan’s on the Creek open for business

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Posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 5:00 pm

There’s a new place for a good steak and barbecue in Lakehills. And you can have it seven days a week at Cowan’s on the Creek just south of PR 37 on FM 1283.

The restaurant opened Memorial Day weekend and offers live entertainment on either Friday or Saturday night. Chad Reilly and the Wild Horse Band is the house band and they usually play twice a month. The Almost Patsy Cline Band played the July 4th weekend and just under 200 people came to the performance. Other bands come to play the stage in the center of the building.

They are also starting a “Picker’s Circle” on Sundays.

“There is so much local talent in the area,” General Manager Debra Stephenson said.

The stage is “plug and play” so musicians just need to bring their instrument and plug it into the wall. The restaurant has the speakers and soundboard built into the facility for the indoor/outdoor sound system.

While the music’s good, people come for the food. Their specialties are barbecue and steaks. They offer high-end steaks and seafood, said Stephenson.

“We are a place for a good steak or burger and not have to drive into San Antonio.”

Steak dinners are based around sirloin, rib eye, and baseball cut. There’s also hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, stuffed chicken breast, and barbecue plates with all the trimmings.

Yes, the barbecue. They offer brisket, sausage and ribs cooked on a custom built indoor barbecue pit. They can cook eight briskets and plenty of ribs all at the same time.

Desserts include deep fried cherry cheesecake, homemade carrot cake, and homemade chocolate cake. All the soups and sauces served in the restaurant are homemade.

Sunday’s buffet is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The buffet normally offers three meats, couple of potatoes, and vegetables. The buffet selection varies from week to week.

They serve Portobello mushrooms stuffed with cheese, shrimp, and calamari.

“The people love the food,” Stephenson said.

The restaurant plans to be an entertainment center.

“We’ll have a wedding reception here Saturday,” Stephenson said.

“Our vision is hospitality,” Stephenson said. It’s a family-orientated place. “Everyone who comes here is family or friends.”

The restaurant and entertainment facility is the vision of owner James “Bubba” Cowan, a local custom builder.

Stephenson has 30 years experience in the restaurant business. Other personnel at the restaurant are assistant manager Victoria Prescott, chef James Pate, and grillmaster Nathan Grismon.

Other planned improvements include a wine room downstairs and a covered patio dining area. An RV campground is also part of the plan.

The business phone is 830-751-3300 and the address is 9742 FM 1283. They are open seven days a week beginning at 11 a.m. They close at 10 p.m. Sunday, midnight Monday through Thursday, and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. However, the kitchen closes nightly at 10 p.m.

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