Freedmen’s owner purchases Texas 46 Bar and Grill in the Texas Hill Country

Freedmen’s Bar owner Cuatro Kowalski has purchased Texas 46 in the Texas Hill Country town of Spring Branch. The bar and burger joint located near Canyon Lake was owned for about 30 years by Gary Stebbins, who recently passed away. Kowalski eventually plans to turn Stebbins’ old house on the property into a cafe and bakery, likely serving barbecue. Most of the changes currently happening at Texas 46 are cosmetic, including an expansion of the patio space.
With the growth of his restaurant operations, Kowalski has brought on chefAustin Fry to serve as culinary director for both Freedmen’s and Texas 46, along with future culinary adventures. Fry, whose resume includes serving as executive chef and general manager at La Condesa in 2009, has spent much of the past eight years living in Asia, where he worked as executive chef at Blue Smoke in Hong Kong, among others.


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Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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