East Braker Lane is getting a barbecue joint: Oakwood BBQ, as pointed out by an eagle-eyed Eater tipster. It opens today, Friday, January 6, beginning at 11 a.m. for lunch service.
Oakwood will offer an opening menu that includes barbecue sandwiches, meat plates, and smoked meats by the pound. A permit for beer and wine is in the works, so expect craft beers and wine to be added soon.
Named for its location (near Oakwood Drive) and the post oak wood it uses for the pits, Oakwood sees itself filling a need for barbecue on the neighborhood. The restaurant will welcome hungry crowds with long tables with benches and high top table seating. It also has a wooded backyard, with patio dining and live music to come.
The team behind Oakwood includes Austin natives Mark DeLong, owner, Landon Kash, general manager, and head pitmaster Wally Colvin, who hails from Louisiana with 30 years of experience in the barbecue business.
Oakwood’s hours for opening weekend are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. until sold out. Closed on Monday. Watch Oakwood’s social media accounts for updated hours after that.
Oakwood’s opening kicks off a string of barbecue additions to the Austin area in 2017. Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ trailer is opening a brick and mortar on Manchaca Road. Local famed pitmaster Evan LeRoy is launching a barbecue food truck called LeRoy & Lewis in South Austin this spring before opening a restaurant in the Hill Country next year. In addition, Slab BBQ is opening a second location soon in the Oak Hill Plaza Shopping Center, and further west, Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew has a Dripping Springs project in the works.