Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor adding alcohol to its menu

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Want to buy a cold beer or some warming bourbon to go with your massive beef rib at Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor? Soon, all of your booze-fueled dreams will come true.

Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor.

Wayne Mueller, owner of the legendary restaurant and grandson of its namesake, posted on Facebook this week that the restaurant has applied for a permit to sell mixed beverages and stay open late. He tagged the photo, in which he teased drinks on the menu this summer, #margaritaville and #itsaboutdamntime.

Credit: Wayne Mueller’s Facebook page reposted on Louie Mueller BBQ page.

In the comments section, Mueller expounded on the change at the establishment that is currently BYOB: “Yes, it’s been a byob place for about 7 years. Thank you for your continued support during our ‘dry’ era. Recently, we decided to offer convenience to the majority of our patrons wishing to share in libations but for reasons specific to them, are unable to bring it with them. We also hope to participate in the enrichment of the burgeoning night life in Taylor’s downtown district with later hours of operation, beers and spirits, occasional music and special Pitmaster events.  Fun and festive times ahead!!!”

Louie Mueller Barbecue is not only adding alcohol, they are also looking to expand their hours. They are currently open until 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday but are targeting opening on Sundays and being open later on weekdays and as late as 2 a.m. on weekends.

“We want to generate some night life. We have had enough influx of people moving from Austin looking for a little less stress and traffic nightmares,” Mueller said. “If that demographic is flowing into Taylor, we really need more amenities to keep them here.”

They will also add live music one or two nights a week to the mix. The alcohol offerings will slowly roll in, starting with keg beer and a frozen margarita machine, before expanding.

While liquor will be new to the legacy barbecue restaurant, it won’t be the first time cold beer has been served at the Taylor destination. Louie Mueller Barbecue sold beer from 1959 to 2011.


Author: Matthew Odam

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

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