MEDINA LAKE, Texas - The drought wages on, draining Medina Lake to only 16 percent capacity. However, the drought is doing more than draining the summer-time fun, it's draining livelihoods for business owners around the lake.
Business owner Tamra Quintiliani is getting creative to increase profits at her Lakehills restaurant. She and her husband have built a bocce ball court at Apizza Mia and they're hosting a big party Saturday to introduce the sport to the community.
"Since there's no lake, it would be kind of fun for them to have something to do," she said.
When the lake is full, it's hard to find a seat inside the dining room, but now, she's finding new ways to drum up business.
She and her husband purchased a food truck in November and now take it to downtown San Antonio several days a week. They've had to close the restaurant for lunch in order to open the food truck.
"It's kind of a drag because it's really hard to run the trailer and get back here and set up. We wouldn't run the trailer if it was busier here," she said.
They plan to create a bocce ball league and host games at the restaurant. When the water level was higher, Apizza Mia delivered 200-300 pizzas on the lake. Now, the water is too low for them to have that service.
Currently, the water level is down 60 feet and without any significant rain, it could continue to drop.