We were navigating down Airport Blvd after a nacho breakfast at La Fruta Feliz last week when we noticed that the space that formerly held Springhill Restaurant has a new tenant.

Mr. Catfish has pulled stumps from his old spot on Springdale Road, and migrated westward into the big shopping complex at the corner of Airport and Oak Springs.

We were stunned when Springhill couldn’t make a go of selling fried fish in East Austin. The fried fish culture of Central Texas has always been scant, but all you can eat catfish parlors are few and far between, and this part of Austin is hungry for good restaurants.

With almost 2 decades in the industry, we predict Mr Catfish owner David Lott will be able to make a go of it where his predecessor failed.

Plus he’s got gizzards.

postscript: The Texas State Record for blue catfish is held by Cody Mullenix who landed a 121 lb 5 oz fish from Lake Texoma back in 2004. The fish was right at 5 feet long.

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