Thursday, June 6, 2013
Keeping Austin weird, Stubb’s second location heads to the wild … East?
How do you say "howdy" in Mandarin?
Stubb's Bar-B-Q no doubt ranks highly on most Dallasites' Austin-weekend to-do list, but North Texans will have to wait for a local outpost. The purveyor of premium sauces, rubs, and marinades announced a second location this week in Shanghai.
For barbecue fans in China, a press release says "Texas represents wide open spaces, independence, strength, music, and fun."
The original location was founded by C.B. "Stubb" Stubblefield in Lubbock in the late '60s. It reopened in Austin in the '80s and now houses a live, outdoor music venue.
To ensure the Shanghai location had a barbecue pit and pit bosses who could make the family business proud, Grandsons Rocky and Reggie Stubblefield recently spent two months on-site. Stubb's China seeks to create a "Texasatmosphere" with rustic decor, live music, savory meats, and sauces imported from Texas. The staff is apparently outfitted with "shot glass holsters," ready to draw straight from the hip, according to a press release.
In addition to the obligatory slabs-o-meat, Stubb's China's menu reflects Texan style with dishes such as Mac Cheese ‘N’ Bacon (served, of course, with corn bread); a sweet and savory waffle topped with BBQ chicken and green salad; Texas Fairgrounds "Bowl O Red" beef chili; and classic American apple pie.