Micklethwait Craft Meats, one of Austin’s very best barbecue trucks, is opening its first brick-and-mortar restaurant up in Smithville starting on Saturday, February 9. Micklethwait Market and Grocery will be found in the downtown Smithville area at 114 Northeast 2nd Street.
The market-style restaurant will serve a similar menu to the food truck: sausages, brisket, pulled lamb, pork and beef ribs, and barbacoa; sides like jalapeno-cheese grits, lemon-poppy slaw, and creamy potatoes gratin; and desserts like buttermilk pie, cobblers, and banana pudding.
Special to the new Micklethwait is a grocery store, which offers up smoked meats, house-cured deli meats like pastrami, ham, sandwiches, pickles, and baked goods (much like Micklethwait’s now-shuttered food truck Romanouskas Deli), plus wine and beer. It will also sell retail items like books, candles, and housewares, all curated by former employees Melinda Barsales and Jena Sujat.
For the new restaurant, Micklethwait took over an old automotive repair shop. The space features indoor and outdoor dining spaces and a pit room. The grocery store features a mural from artist/musician Tim Kerr highlighting people from Smithville and Texas. Scope out the space below.
The Micklethwait Market and Grocery will be open for lunch at 10:30 a.m. Thursday through Sunday, until everything sells out. The grocery store will expand its hours later in the spring.
Founder/pitmaster Tom Micklethwait is working with pitmaster Ren Garcia, who will oversee both the brick-and-mortar and the food truck. Garcia, who worked at Austin restaurants like Vespaio, Dai Due, and Bouldin Creek Cafe, has been part of the team since 2017. The restaurant previewed its meats with a pop-up back in December.
Micklethwait opened the original Rosewood food truck, which will remain in operation, in 2012.