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Dripping Springs Neighbors Aren’t Happy About Terry Black’s Barbecue’s Wedding Venue

The owners say they have addressed concerns

Rendering of the entrance to Black Ranch
Rendering of the entrance to Black Ranch
Rendering: Terry Black’s Barbecue/Official
Erin Russell is associate editor of Eater Austin, a native Austinite, and a big fan of carbs.

The family behind Terry Black’s Barbecue is opening a wedding venue in Dripping Springs, and the neighbors aren’t happy. A number of residents of Crystal Hills Drive, where the 64-acre venue is planned, spoke to KVUE to express their concerns.

The neighbors were most wary of the potential traffic that the new venue, dubbed Black Ranch, would bring. There were also worries over the noise level and bright lights. Mark Black told KVUE that the plan is “most music occurring indoors and under 85 decibels.” It’s worth noting that there is another wedding venue on the road (the free Chapel Dulcinea and its event space Tuscan Hall).

Mark Black told Eater, “We look forward to opening the most beautiful 64-acre ranch in Texas for many people to enjoy their most cherished celebrations,” and noted they are working with MF Architecture and LandWest Design Group to create a sustainable, environmentally friendly venue.

He reports that they are working with neighborhood associations, quoting the Goldenwood West Association as saying “all efforts are being made to address the community concerns” and that the group “will be stewards of the land and know its history.” He also notes that of the 64 acres on the property, six will be used for the venue.

This is not the first time Terry Black’s Barbecue has irritated neighbors. Residents of Bouldin Creek sued the location on Barton Springs complaining of constant smoke (this has since been settled). The legendary spot has quite a history (and famous clientele). Owners (and twin brothers) Michael and Mark are fourth-generation pitmasters, carrying on their father Terry’s barbecue traditions from Lockhart.

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