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Drought Closing Popular Lake Travis Restaurant Today

Updated: Monday, September 2 2013, 08:36 AM CDT
The Central Texas drought claims another victim: in just a few hours, Carlos N Charlie's, the famous restaurant on the shores of Lake Travis, will auction off every item in the restaurant after nearly two decades in business.

The owners say plummeting lake levels during the last three years are leaving them no choice. Lake Travis is currently 43 feet below average, which has meant a 75 percent drop in business.

This afternoon, owners say you'll be able to bid on anything and everything in the restaurant: booths, tables, chairs, signs; anything that's not bolted down.

Jason Claunch, the restaurant's general manager, says that once the doors shut, no matter what Mother Nature does, the iconic hot spot's not coming back.

"It's been very difficult," says Claunch. "We're in a constant battle with Mother Nature and Lake Travis levels. We've tried pretty much everything we can do to prolong this event."

An owner with Carlos N Charlie's tells us several of his employees will be moving to other businesses owned by the partners.

The auction starts at 2 p.m. at Carlos N Charlie's, located at 5973 Hiline Rd. Ten percent of every dollar you spend goes to the Central Texas Water Coalition, a nonprofit that pushes for the preservation of the Highland Lakes.Drought Closing Popular Lake Travis Restaurant Today

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