HUTTO, TEXAS (August 2, 2019) – Southside Market & Barbeque has confirmed that they will be moving forward with a new barbeque restaurant to be located in Hutto’s innovative Co-Op District. Previously slated to open in 2019, the project is now advancing full steam ahead and is projected to open in the second quarter of 2020.
Southside Market, which originated in downtown Elgin, TX in 1882, is the oldest BBQ joint in Texas. Owned by third-generation Pitmaster Bryan Bracewell and his wife Rachel, this iconic restaurant brand has grown over the past 137 years from a one-man butcher shop to its current status as a must-visit destination for those seeking the finest sausage and smoked meats that Texas has to offer. With the original restaurant still operating in Elgin and a second location later added in Bastrop, Southside Market has earned its reputation as a legendary Texas BBQ joint and secured its place in Texas’ rich barbeque lore.
“As Texans, we’ve had the personal privilege of enjoying Southside Market’s barbeque for decades, and we could not imagine a better match for a project with the vision and scale of The Co-Op District,” said Bob Wunsch of MA Partners, developer of The Co-Op District. “Southside Market has set the standard for Texas barbeque, and we are thrilled to have a nationally renowned brand with such deep roots in Texas serve as our first retail tenant.”
Southside Market’s history in the barbeque industry dates back to 1882, when original founder William Moon began selling meat in Elgin by the wagonload. At the end of each day, he’d take whatever was left over and make smoked sausage and barbeque to avoid spoilage, as in that era there was no refrigeration. Four years later, he opened up a storefront on what was then known as South Street, and the legend began. Bracewell’s grandfather, who called on the store as a salesman at the time, decided to buy the business in 1968, and the family has carried on the rich tradition of exceptional sausage and barbeque following the same authentic methods of smoking low and slow over real Texas post oak wood, since 1882.
“Rachel and I are both so thankful for the opportunity to open a BBQ joint in Hutto. This is a tremendous opportunity for our business and especially for the great folks on our team who work hard every day with a commitment to authentic Central Texas BBQ, excellent customer service, and Texas friendly hospitality. We can’t wait to get the pits fired up and join in on all of the excitement that is happening in Hutto,” said Bryan Bracewell, Owner of Southside Market & Barbeque.
Southside Market is also working on another location in Austin which is set to open in the fourth quarter of 2019.