Museum of Human Achievement
"...There was a time in the city of Austin when having a Night Hawk job on your résumé commanded respect and insured employment at hotels, restaurants, and country clubs around Central Texas. It would be impossible to track all the "graduates" of Harry Akin's highly regarded in-house cooking, butchering, and management training programs, but here are the names of a few locals who parlayed their top quality Night Hawk training into further business success...."
"...By the time beloved Austin restaurateur Harry Akin died in 1976, the story of how he'd founded the very successful Night Hawk restaurant chain had passed into local legend. In the nearly 25 years since his death, all but one of the Night Hawks has closed, the population and personality of Austin have changed significantly, and few people remember Akin or his smashing restaurant success..."
"...photograph by John Anderson Hoover Alexander is a man who counts his blessings. When the busy chef/restaurateur has time to stop and think about the things he's thankful for, he counts his mother Dorothy's quality home cooking, the good friendships that he's nurtured over more than 25 years of cooking in local restaurants, and his long, positive association with the Night Hawk family of restaurants..."
"..."He would work at the Rome Inn until 3am, have time to go home and take a shower, then he was back at the Night Hawk at 6am," marvels Wertheimer. "He worked 20 hours a day."..."
"...Lawrence Baker joined the Night Hawk organization in 1958 as a busboy/dishwasher at the Frisco Shop and worked his way through the company's rigorous management training program. He became manager of the Frisco in 1967 and remained there until the late Eighties when he was transferred downtown to the failing Night Hawk No..."
"...Admittedly, even before anyone cared about downtown renewal or making Austin a city of the first class, the Barton Springs/Riverside corridors were wastelands with training wheels, dominated by tossed-off, who-cares development. There lay a welter of now-defunct used car lots, along with the utilitarian armory that became the Armadillo, the recycled Quonset hut that is still the City Coliseum, and EZ-Fab restaurants like Christie's and the Night Hawk, sited to maximize access from Congress Avenue. (It was not until the Night Hawk burned down and was rebuilt, back in the early 1980s, than anyone thought of it as a stylistic landmark, no matter how much they loved their Friscos.)..."
"...Along with football teams, quirky politicians, guitar slingers, and independent filmmakers, Austin is also known as the home base for several successful restaurant chains. Former mayor Harry Akin started his long-running chain of Night Hawk restaurants and steakhouses in the Thirties, spawning a very successful frozen-food company..."
"...This time out, the all-singing, all-dancing, all-CGI chipmunks – rebel with paws Alvin (Long), wise guy Simon (Gubler), and tubby emo vermin Theodore (McCartney) – are left in the care of gameboy layabout Toby (Levi), a younger cousin of the squirrely little buggers’ surrogate dad, Dave (Lee). They wind up in a contrived "squeak-off" with a new trio of singing female chipmunks, cruelly dubbed the “Chipettes" by down-on-his-luck record exec Ian Hawk (Cross, returning from the original in search of a paycheck and not much else)..."
"...When Harry Akin opened the Frisco Shop in 1953, it was merely one pearl on his string of wildly successful Night Hawk restaurants. Located on (what was then) the northern outskirts of town, the Frisco Shop was the "small neighborhood diner" of the chain, built to feature Akin's patented Frisco hamburger sandwich, an extremely popular creation made with corn-fed beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, relish, and special dressing...."
"...Airheads is, unfortunately, no exception. Lehmann's newest (following, heh heh, Hudson Hawk) chronicles the misadventures of a trio of metalheads as they try to get radio airplay for their demo tape..."
"...Fans of inane and/or unnecessary expositional dialogue will have a field day. Everyone else can Netflix Hudson Hawk and forget to watch it, thus having more fun than anyone who shells out $10.50 for this tedious stinker...."
"...I wanted to imagine their voices. They were famous above all for their conversations, which lit up back yards and campgrounds, car rides and restaurants -- in particular the Night Hawk at 20th and Guadalupe, now shaded in with blue on the imagined map (a Schlotzsky's)..."
"...The film is heavy-handed and ponderous, without challenging itself or the viewers. (I will refrain from addressing the ridiculous use of a broken-winged hawk that functions as a metaphor for … hell, who even cares, it's just irritating.) Ultimately, Lost and Delirious isn't much more than a self-indulgent picture about the feeble delirium of a lovesick girl -- lightweight stuff that labors to seem terribly important..."
"...Janelle Buchanan: The best place to drink after a show is somebody’s house, especially when Tim Mateer and John Hawkes (née Perkins) had the Flop Haus at 45th and Red River, surely the most ramshackle garage apartment that ever existed...."
"...Night Hawk Frisco Shop 6801 Burnet Rd., 459-6279 www.frisconighthawk.com Breakfast, 7-11am weekdays, 7am-noon weekends..."
"...Alexander grew up around 12th Street in East Austin, raised by first generation city-dwellers whose roots were in the small black farming communities around Austin. His stepfather worked as a cook at the Night Hawk diner...."
"...A drive down the Drag revealed the demolition of the restaurant building at the corner of Guadalupe and 20th Streets. Though the most recent tenants were ill-fated regional chain outfits, for many years the site was home to the campus-area Night Hawk restaurant..."
"...Not since the late, great Night Hawk on the lower end of the Drag has there been such a perfect place to make the parents feel at home when they come for the game. Owner Ray LeMay has created a comfortable and inviting Texas hunting lodge where the food is good, the portions are generous, and the service is hospitable...."
"...By 1974, you shopped at Oat Willie's and Woody Hills Co-op, listened to KRMH and KOKE, read The Rag, ate at La Tapatia on the Eastside, Les Amis, or Cafe Camille before it became Kerbey Lane. You got ice cream at Nothing Strikes Back, chicken-fried steaks at Hill's Cafe, and steaks at Night Hawk..."
"...There's no perfect place, but Austin used to be about as close as you could get. I'm glad I was here when people still knew that the Armadillo and the Night Hawk are not endangered species and that Cactus Pryor isn't just another xeriscape plant..."