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Oldest Barbecue Joint in Texas Opens Drive-Thru Restaurant in Austin Suburb

By CultureMap Austin

The oldest barbecue joint in Texas has a brand-new restaurant. Southside Market & Barbeque opens in Hutto on Thursday, October 15.

The new restaurant may be bigger and flashier (it spans over 7,000 square feet), but it’s still firing up the same menu as the Elgin original. Southside’s famed barbecue by the half pound comes with choices like Original Beef Sausage, USDA Prime brisket, chopped beef, jalapeño cheddar sausage, chicken, pork, and ribs, offered along with classic barbecue sides like coleslaw, beans, corn on the cob, potato salad, and mac ‘n’ cheese. Sandwiches and salads are also available for both lunch and dinner.

Of course, no meal of Texas barbecue is complete without a Southern-style dessert. Southside’s sweet treats run from classic cobblers to hand-dipped ice cream.

“Southside Market is our family history, our legacy, our everything,” said Bryan Bracewell, third-generation pitmaster and owner of the 138-year-old barbecue restaurant. “We are excited to serve and meet our new neighbors. When selecting where to open our fourth location, we feel very blessed to have found another community of kindred spirits in the City of Hutto.”

Southside Market’s newest location — the brand’s fourth — is part of Hutto’s new Co-Op District, a 35-acre, mixed-use development off U.S. Highway 79. Along with restaurants and shops, the sprawling development is the new home to the two-story Hutto City Hall, City of Hutto offices, and the Hutto Public Library.

“The Co-Op District is the proud center of Hutto, and the renewal of this area allows residents to stay, work, and play in Hutto while offering a big-city experience with a small-town quality of life,” said Bob Wunsch of MA Partners, developer of The Co-Op District. “Southside Market, with its strong national reputation and history, is a welcomed natural fit for the community. As a family-owned Texas business, Southside Market is a perfect match, and we are excited to have the restaurant in Hutto.”

For those not quite ready to eat out, Southside is also offering takeout and curbside services as well drive-thru ordering.

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Oldest Barbecue Joint in Texas Heats Up Austin Suburb with New Restaurant

By CultureMap Austin

Southside Market & Barbeque has begun construction on its newest restaurant in Hutto’s Co-op District on U.S. Highway 79.

The new Southside Market restaurant will span over 7,000 square feet and have 94 parking spaces. The restaurant will employ approximately 50 people when it opens for business, which is expected to be by late summer of this year.

Hutto’s 35-acre Co-op District is already home to the new two-story, 33,000-square-foot Hutto City Hall and future plans include the Hutto Public Library, a Flix Brewhouse, and a Top Notch Hamburgers.

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Iconic Austin drive-in restaurant shifts gears to open first new location in 48 years

By CultureMap Austin

It took almost 50 years, but Top Notch Burgers is finally getting a second location. The Austin institution is headed to the suburbs with an outpost in Hutto set to open in early 2020.

According to a release, the restaurant has signed on with Hutto Co-Op District, currently under construction on U.S. Highway 79. The ambitious development is a reimagined Main Street for the city, compete with a new city hall.

Founded in 1971 by Ray and Frances Stanish, Top Notch is one of the city’s most recognizable dining landmarks. The signage, car hop stations, and dining room has remained virtually untouched throughout the decades. In fact, keeping things the same was a stipulation when the Stanish family sold the spot to Phillip Santa Cruz and Kelly Chappell in 2010.

Its time capsule authenticity made it a natural choice when director Richard Linklater was scouting for locations for his 1993 cult hit Dazed and Confused. Chappell and Santa Cruz, whose families also own Zocalo and Galaxy Cafe, plan to bring the same ‘70s vibe to the new construction.

The building will be modern with more windows for natural light, but design elements and materials from the original — including the iconic sign — will be brought to Hutto. And, yes, it will still be a drive-in.

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