The story of the cone begins with a simple, yet delicious breading developed for fish by the late Hudson’s on the Bend sous chef, Courtney Swenson. Hot ‘n’ Crunchy Trout became a mainstay of the famous Lake Travis restaurant, for year’s holding top honors as one of the most ordered entrees.

In 2002, the Austin City Limit Music Festival contacted Hudson’s owner Chef Jeff Blank to help them spearhead their efforts to entice local restaurants to join the festival’s food court. Their goal was to create festival food that would emulate the unique heritage of Austin cuisine.

As the cones’ iconic status at ACL Festival continued to expand, Blank began toying with the idea of making the cones available year-round, and in March 2009, launched the opening of The Mighty Cone on South Congress Avenue in downtown Austin. In February 2013, the Mighty Cone moved to the West Campus area at 26th and Rio Grande Streets.

Cruising Kitchens is proud to be building this addition to the Mighty Cone Fleet.

Build Specs


  • (6) Pitco 65C-S Fryers
  • (2) Pitco PCF-14 Hold N Crisp
  • (2) Metro Under Counter Heating Holding Cabinets
  • True T-49 Refrigerator
  • (2) True 36″ Under Counter Refrigerators
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