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Texas Pitmaster John Mueller Is Opening a New Barbecue Restaurant

Another Austin sports bar shutter, plus more news

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A tray of barbecue from John Mueller’s Black Box Barbecue
A tray of barbecue from John Mueller’s Black Box Barbecue
John Mueller Black Box Barbecue/Facebook
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

New Barbecue Restaurant
Pitmaster John Mueller (of the famous Mueller barbecue family) is opening a new barbecue restaurant in Texas, per Austin 360. The Granary (not to be confused with the closed San Antonio restaurant), the restaurant will be found in Jarrell, Texas (between Temple and Georgetown) starting sometime in October. The sprawling 212 South FIfth Street space will feature Mueller’s barbecue operations, four other food trucks, and a bar. Over Labor Day weekend, Mueller previewed his menu with a pop-up at the address, serving brisket, ribs, turkey breasts, and sausages. Developing the space are Scott and Misty Murrah and Lynn and Cari Springfield.

Previously, Mueller had been making barbecue at Granger City Brewing from late 2019 to August 2020. Before that, Georgetown barbecue truck Black Box Barbecue, which opened in 2017 and closed in December 2019.

Austin Burger Chain’s Upcoming Charitable Initiative
Austin burger chain P. Terry’s next Giving Back Day is taking place on Saturday, September 12, where all proceeds from the day will go towards the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.

Another Bar Shutter
Looks like South Manchaca sports bar Scoreboard has closed permanently, according to an eagle-eyed tipster and various Yelp reviews. Its website and Facebook page have been removed. The shutter seemed to have happened sometime this summer. The bar had been open since 2015.

Reopening Dining Rooms Switcheroo
As part of Tatsu-ya dine-in reopening plans, the East Sixth location of Ramen Tatsu-ya will take over the outdoor patio area of its next door bar Domo Alley-Gato starting on Wednesday, September 9. The menu will feature Ramen’s food plus some Domo drinks. The other locations of the noodle soup restaurant — South Lamar, Research Boulevard — will continue to serve takeout only. The group is also reopening its upscale hot pot restaurant DipDipDip Tatsu-ya in Crestview for dine-in service on Wednesday as well. Its temporary dipping sandwich and ice cream shop, which had been operating from its walk-up counter, will continue to offer takeout service. The company’s novel coronavirus safety measures include requiring that guests wear masks when not seated at tables, requiring reservations for dine-in seatings, checking the temperatures for staffers, and adding ion filtrations to its HVAC systems.

dipdipdip Tatsu-Ya

7301 Burnet Road, , TX 78757 (737) 701-6767 Visit Website

Domo Alley-Gato

1600 East 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78702 Visit Website

Ramen Tatsu-ya [East 6th]

1600 East 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78702 Visit Website