Cisco’s Muny Cafe Brings Tacos and Margins to Lions Municipal Golf Course


Does the short game seem a bit fragile to you? Maybe a frozen margarita is exactly what the swing doctor ordered. Hungry after 18? Fajitas should take care of it. The closest to the pin bet on 7? Maybe put a bet on tacos with your friends.

Two iconic Austin names will soon make those assumptions a reality, when Cisco’s Muny Cafe opens at Lions Municipal Golf Course on Friday.

Cisco’s Muny coffee will serve a menu very similar to its namesake restaurant East Austin, including cookies, migas, tacos, and fajitas. The new dealership, which replaced Southside Flying Pizza and Players before it, will also serve classic golf fare like burgers and hot dogs. There will also be alcohol for sale, including frozen margaritas.

Cisco’s Muny Cafe will be open daily from sunrise to sunset and will also operate cart concessions, which will sell a limited menu, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

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Cisco's Muny Cafe will serve tacos, cookies, margaritas and more at Lions Municipal Golf Course.

An owner team that includes Matt Cisneros, grandson of Cisco founder and namesake Rudy “Cisco” Cisneros, took over the 75-year-old restaurant in 2017, and Cisneros says he’s excited to bring the restaurant’s offerings to the public golf course that opened in 1924 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

“Given that the roster of the two brands is so historic, it seemed like the perfect fit,” says Cisneros, an Austin High graduate who learned to golf at the course affectionately known as Muny.

The course, which spans 141 acres owned by the University of Texas, has been in danger of closing for several years and operates on a month-to-month lease. There was a community effort to save the course, led by the Muny Conservatory, which was established in 2019.

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Cisco won the concession offer following a production request from Muny Conservancy, which operates the concession, and the City of Austin, which will receive monthly rent from Cisco based on a percentage of the coffee’s gross revenues. .

Cisneros says he hopes Cisco’s Muny Cafe will attract golfers and non-golfers to the historic course, and hopes the presence of the old restaurant will highlight the movement to keep the course alive.

“It changed the lives of a lot of people,” Cisneros said of the course, which in 1950 was the first in the South to disintegrate. “I think the history there is so valuable that the course will eventually survive.”

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