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The story behind Lutie’s Garden Restaurant

The restaurant is the only part of the resort open to the public.

The Lutie's dining room, which has checkered tiled floor and an ornate bar. The ceiling is draped in plants and round green spheres.

Step back into the 1920s with a dinner at Lutie’s.

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You might have seen that your City Editors recently enjoyed a meal at Lutie’s Garden Restaurant. We’ve already told you about our favorite dishes, so now we’re going to give you a little background on the spot’s history.

The restaurant is named for Lutie Perry, the wife of Edgar Howard “Commodore” Perry, head of the Austin Housing Authority in the early 1900s. The couple bought the Waller Creek site now known as the Commodore Perry Estate, and in the mid-1920s they constructed the 10,800-sqft manor and surrounding sunken gardens.

Lutie’s is the only part of the estate open to the public. And unlike the main estate rooms, it’s mostly new construction, designed by local architect firm Clayton Korte. (Read our interview with Paul Clayton to learn more.) That said, the eastern edge of the restaurant is built around the original stone wall still bordering the garden.

Learn more about the history of the property.

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