Restaurant revived as steakhouse

Published 10:01 am Thursday, October 6, 2011

Plans for a new restaurant are in the works for Lansing Corners, four miles north of Austin. - Herald file photo

A piece of Lansing history could soon thrive again.

Kathy McKenzie of Hollandale, will open Lansing Corners, LLC, a restaurant four miles north of Austin on Highway 218, as a steakhouse, catering to high-end customers. McKenzie will lease the property from Dave Olson of Austin for the first year, and will have a buy-out option after that.

Construction could delay the supper club’s opening, although McKenzie hopes to open the doors in January or February.

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McKenzie said quite a few people have expressed excitement about the restaurant reopening.

Lansing Corners has been vacant since Ron and Karen Valentine closed the restaurant in 2008, citing health reasons and the economy. Lansing corners originally opened in 1938 as a gas station and diner. The Valentines purchased the property from Lee and Donna Robbins in 1996 and later added the banquet room in 1999.

Olson, owner of Apollo Liquor & Superette in Austin, bought the property on June 11 at an auction for $65,625.

Olson declined to comment, deferring all questions to McKenzie.

— Jason Schoonover contributed to this report.