Former UT athlete opens Lakeway entertainment venue

A former University of Texas football player has recently opened High 5, an entertainment venue in Lakeway. Scott Emley, who played for the Longhorns in the late 1990s, and his wife Jenny are backed by local investors — though no one is saying how much the project cost.

I’ve got an inside and outside look of the 47,000-square-foot facility at the new Oaks at Lakeway shopping center, which includes a signature HEB Grocery Co. store.

Recently, the Emleys hired Tom Funk, a former executive with bowling giant Brunswick, as High 5’s vice president of operations. The project includes 28 bowling lanes, a video game arcade, laser tag arena, full-service restaurant, a separate bar and lounge and five meeting rooms.

It was designed by Fitzgerald + Associates of Oklahoma City with strong industrial traits contrasted with with Hill Country ranch vibes. Austin-based The Burt Group was the general contractor.

The 175,000-square-foot Oaks at Lakeway, 1900 S. RR 620, continues to deliver retailers in the upscale Hill Country town. Stratus Properties (Nasdaq: STRS) of Austin is the developer.

The showcase HEB, which opened last October, includes an impressive display case of dry-aged steaks and a large wine department, as well as a full-service restaurant.

Jan Buchholz covers commercial and residential real estate, construction and architecture and retail and restaurants for the Austin Business Journal.

This article originally appeared in the Austin Business Journal.