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A new day is dawning at River Bend
Wilson County NewsJuly 18, 2012 3,310 views 2 comments
FLORESVILLE -- New management, new homes, and a new restaurant are some of the indications that a new day is dawning for River Bend Golf Club and residential subdivision located off U.S. 181 Business here.
“There’s new owners and this is a new day in this project,” said Parke Patterson of Sugar Land-based Parke Patterson Land Development.
Patterson’s company recently joined forces with business partners Mike Yanity and Lee Ricks of River Bend Development LLC to develop the home sites in Section G. Five homes there, along with waterlines, sewer lines, and streets are slated for completion by month’s end, Patterson said. The five homes -- which were partially built -- were purchased by Hill Country Design, along with 60 other lots. Patterson estimates that homes in Section G will be priced above $300,000.
These homes will complement the 55 inhabited homes in Section A, located near River Bend’s main entrance. There are a handful of homesites still available, on which homes by Wells Construction of Pleasanton are being built. These houses, Patterson said, typically sell for $150,000 to $210,000 and have living areas ranging from 1,500 to 2,000 square feet.
An increasing number of South Texas homebuilders continue to show interest in building in River Bend -- formerly known as Avalon -- as the nation’s housing market begins to emerge from the doldrums. Patterson said talks also have begun with national homebuilders.
Locally, the need for permanent housing has become increasingly apparent as scores of new residents converge on the counties that comprise the Eagle Ford shale.
River Bend’s location also serves as an added incentive for managers and executives who need to make a home in the area. Shopping and tourist attractions in San Antonio and Corpus Christi are a short drive away. Air travel is stress-free, as Stinson Municipal Airport, used for general aviation, is approximately 21 miles away and the larger San Antonio International Airport is just 36 miles away.
Visitors and residents alike can enjoy new amenities, such as a tennis court completed in late 2011. Future plans include a swimming pool.
On the grounds of River Bend is a palatial, 18-hole semi-private golf course that was part of the former Maverick Golf Club. In addition to the homes, the 7,030-yard course offers a unique experience for the region.
“You get more for your money,” Ricks said. “If you’re looking at buying in a golf-course development in San Antonio, there aren’t any new developments and resale is expensive.”
Ricks is the son-in-law of Yanity’s former business partner, Lew Hayden, who died just after he and Yanity purchased River Bend in early 2011. Ricks and Hayden’s other heirs have continued marching ahead with River Bend, which Ricks and Yanity say was Hayden’s dream.
Hayden’s memory also will live on in Floresville’s newest restaurant, Lew’s Place, which currently is under construction and slated for an early August opening. Yanity said the upscale restaurant will offer an entirely different dining experience from the former Green Pepper once located there. It will serve a menu of steak, fresh seafood, burgers, and more.
“It’s everything but barbecue and Mexican food,” Ricks said.
“Those restaurants already exist in Floresville and they do it well,” Yanity said. “We’re not trying to compete with them.”
The completely remodeled restaurant includes a bar that will resemble a sophisticated “man cave,” with high ceilings, stained wood, and TV sets. It will be separate from the new restaurant, which will open onto a larger, shaded patio that will seat up to 100.
Gone from the restaurant is the golf club’s pro shop, as a freestanding pro shop has been built nearby.
Servicing the restaurant will be a state-of-the-art, 1,500-square-foot kitchen, which Yanity said will have systems and equipment designed to have orders table- ready in seven to nine minutes. A computer system, known as the Aloha system, will allow for multiple kitchen orders to be placed and filled simultaneously.
The restaurant, which will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, will employ 60 full- and part-time workers. Hiring for positions, such as managers, busboys, waiters, and hostesses, currently is under way.
Alongside the patio will be a new courtyard, which Ricks said can accommodate live music and dancing. This area will be serviced by an outdoor kitchen and will be located next to the banquet hall, which seats up to 100.
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