Essential Austin barbecue spot Micklethwait Craft Meats is finally opening that smoked meats brick-and-mortar it’s been dreaming of. The restaurant, helmed by owner/pitmaster Tom Micklethwait, will be found out in in the southeast Texas city of Smithville at 114 Northeast 2nd Street, according to Texas Highways. It’s taking over the building that used to house Vasek Automotive.
Micklethwait shared his intentions to open the physical restaurant space back in 2016. That goal was why he shut down Micklethwait’s short-lived trailer Romanouskas Deli, known for meaty sandwiches and sides.
The Austin trailer, found on 1309 Rosewood Avenue in Central East Austin, will remain open when the downtown Smithville restaurant opens in the summer. The trailer opened in 2012.
This is the latest in a series of barbecue trailers looking to open barbecue restaurants outside of Austin. There’s Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ’s restaurant in Manchaca and LeRoy & Lewis’ one out in the Hill Country. Similarly, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew is opening a new restaurant focused on smoked meats and Cajun fare with Lenoir chef Todd Duplechan out in Dripping Springs.
- Micklethwait Craft Meats [Facebook]
- Smithville the next Marfa? [Texas Highways]
- Micklethwait Craft Meats Dreams Of a Brick and Mortar [EATX]
- All Coverage of Micklethwait Craft Meats [EATX]