Welcome to day five of my blog tour “Travels to Austin:
A Trip Back in Time.” I'm celebrating the upcoming release of my
fourth Sydney Lockhart mystery, Murder at the Driskill (Austin,
Texas) by writing about famous, infamous, and legendary locales in
Texas’ state capital whose promo campaign is “Keep Austin Weird.” At the
end of the tour, I’ll give away a signed copy of the book. To be
eligible, leave a comment on each blog.
Today’s blog features Austin’s Night Hawk Restaurant.
Do you remember when a hamburger cost fifteen cents? Unless you were
old enough to order your own meal during the 1930s, probably not.
Entrepreneur Harry Akin opened the Night Hawk Restaurant in Austin,
Texas in 1932—a gutsy move during the Depression. To maximize his
earnings in those difficult times, he always kept the restaurant open
late. The strategy worked and his business grew. After enlarging the
establishment from its original two booths and eight-seat counter, the
Night Hawk became a place for businessmen and politicians to meet and
cut deals outside normal office hours. Akin soon opened several more
restaurants throughout the city, and the Night Hawk Chain was formed.
The original restaurant closed in 1989, but the Frisco Shop Night
Hawk Restaurant on South Congress is still in operation. The décor can
best be described as “fancy diner.” Famous for its Frisco Burger, pies,
friendly service (many employees have worked their for years), locales
consider the eatery an Austin institution.
I gave the old place a mention in Murder at the Driskill.
After an exhausting week and a close encounter with a bullet, Sydney and
Dixon had planned to relax at her apartment and recount those harrowing
events; instead, a romantic interlude ensued complete with watery
martinis, hunger pangs, and the need for late night grub at the Night
Hawk. Have a look.
We were on our way to fully understanding the
severity of our distractions. The ice in the martini pitcher had melted
and Mealworm had deposited another rather large quantity of cat hair on
Dixon’s jacket, when a low rumble traveled through the room,
interrupting any further distractions.
“Is that your dog snoring or your stomach growling?” Dixon asked.
“It’s me. Most men take their dates out to dinner first,” I said.
“I didn’t hear you complaining.” He smiled. “Let’s go. Steaks at the Night Hawk?”
Check out Night Hawk’s menu and learn more about the restaurant’s colorful history.
Visit the precious blog links:
11/24/ Condo Douglas kicked off my blog tour at: http://condascreativecenter.blogspot.com
11/25 Next you’ll find me at Lois Winston’s blog: http://anatasiapollack.blogspot.com/
11/26 Look for me at Cyndi Pauwel’s blog CP at Large: http://cpatlarge.blogspot.com
11/28 Visit me at Helena Fairfax’s blog at: http://helenafairfax.com
11/30 Tomorrow I’ll be at Sheila Webster Boneham’s place Sheila Writes: http://sheilaboneham.blogspot.com
Now here’s a taste of Murder at the Driskill.
You’d think that newspaper reporter Sydney Lockhart, comfortable at
home in Austin, Texas, could stay away from hotels and murders therein.
But when she and her detective boyfriend, Ralph Dixon, hang out a
shingle for their new detective agency, they immediately land a
high-profile case, which sends them to the swanky Driskill Hotel.
Businessman Stringer Maynard has invited them to a party to meet his
partner/brother-in-law, Leland Tatum, who’s about to announce his
candidacy for governor. Maynard needs their help because Tatum is
hanging out with the wrong crowd and jeopardizing his chances for
winning the election. Before Sydney can finish her first martini, a
gunshot sounds and Leland Tatum is found murdered in a suite down the
Kathleen Kaska writes the award-winning Sydney Lockhart mysteries. Her first two books Murder at the Arlington and Murder at the Luther,
were selected as bonus-books for the Pulpwood Queens Book Group, the
largest book group in the country. Kaska also writes the Classic
Triviography Mystery Series. Her Alfred Hitchcock and the Sherlock
Holmes trivia books were finalists for the 2013 EPIC award in
nonfiction. Her nonfiction book, The Man Who Saved the Whooping Crane: The Robert Porter Allen Story (University Press of Florida) was published in 2012.
Ready to pick up Murder at the Driskall? http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Driskill-Sydney-Lockhart-Mystery/dp/0990565599/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416766887&sr=8-1&keywords=Murder+at+the+Driskill