Museum of Human Achievement
"...For the first time in 50 years, Austin is without a Holiday House restaurant, the family-friendly, dine-in hamburger joints created by longtime local restaurateur Ralph Moreland. Locations on Barton Springs Road and Airport Boulevard have been closed for quite some time, but the original Tarrytown outlet lasted 50 years at the heart of that West Austin neighborhood..."
"...When a long lost uncle and his shrewish wife and yammering lawyer show up one day to claim the house as their own, Bruno must try to keep the normalcy charade ticking along as long as possible. Any upset in the daily order of events at the Merrye household could mean another game of “Spider” (Mantan Moreland as the hapless postman has already fallen victim to Virginia's web) and another severed ear in a roll-top desk..."
"...I probably do spend too much time thinking about how much Austin has changed in the years since I took on this job, but the magnitude of the changes was brought into sharp focus with the passing of two legendary Austin restaurateurs in recent weeks. Ralph Moreland created a successful local chain of family-friendly restaurants in mid-20th century Austin known as the Holiday House..."
"...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. (The Frisco is the last vestige of the Night Hawk chain still in operation here.) Ralph Moreland came along in 1952 with the Holiday House, serving "flame-kissed" burgers until just after the turn of the 21st century..."
"...While it's true that Herman isn't a native Austinite or even a Texan, he recognized like so many before him the seductive "City of the Violet Crown" as an ideal place to settle down and create businesses. Herman is likely to join such visionary hospitality professionals as Harry Akin, Ralph Moreland, Eddie Wilson, and Tom Gilliland in making his mark on the River City..."