Change of plans: La Barbecue not opening restaurant on South Congress Avenue

A tray full of food at La Barbecue in Austin, Texas. Matthew Odam's Top 10 barbecue restaurants in Austin.  05.07 2014 LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 052314 xl cover

A tray full of food at La Barbecue in Austin, Texas. Matthew Odam’s Top 10 barbecue restaurants in Austin.
05.07 2014 LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
052314 xl cover

Popular East Austin barbecue trailer La Barbecue will not move into the Wahoo’s Fish Tacos space on South Congress Avenue as previously planned.

La Barbecue pulled out of the deal with future landlord and Wahoo’s partner Gary Della Croce because they felt they would be sacrificing too much of their business in the new partnership. The dissolution of the agreement was first reported by Eater Austin.

“There were major fundamental issues they could not see eye to eye on and we were not willing to compromise quality for quantity,” La Barbecue general manager Ali Clem said. “Gary is a really nice guy. They were just not the right fit for the business.”

La Barbecue still plans to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant at some point, but Clem says they are starting from scratch with a clean slate. The trailer owned by LeeAnn Mueller and made famous by the work of pitmaster John Lewis, will expand its operation to include evening hours in the coming weeks, with details still being ironed out.

As for Lewis, he will be opening Lewis Barbecue in Charleston this fall (read about that and my recent visit to Charleston here) but plans to continue working with La Barbecue to oversee cooking operations.


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