Beloved trailer La Barbecue will finally land in a permanent home on South Congress this fall. The trailer's team told Eater about the brick and mortar plans last fall, but the location was not pinned down. According to The Statesman, they have now signed a lease at 1722 South Congress, in the former home of Wahoo's Fish Tacos, and hope to open by November. Clem tells Eater details are still in flux. Recently during the barbecue smoke hearings at city council, owner LeAnn Mueller said La Barbecue planned to put smokers on the roof of their new location.
Under pitmaster John Lewis, La Barbecue has risen to become some of Austin's best, widely compared to Franklin Barbecue in quality. The trailer has moved from South First to East 6th to its current home at East Cesar Chavez, and John Lewis is working on a separate Texas barbecue project in Charleston, SC.
South Congress is poised to experience a serious dining revolution over the coming months; in addition to La Barbecue, the South Congress Hotel will open three restaurants, including Paul Qui's Otoko, and Torchy's Tacos will launch their flagship restaurant.