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W. Tim Bartlett Dies

Employees and customers alike mourn respected restaurateur

By Virginia B. Wood, 2:00PM, Wed. Feb. 6, 2013

W. Tim Bartlett
W. Tim Bartlett

Longtime local restaurateur W. Tim Bartlett, 61, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 2. The UT Arlington graduate spent his entire adult life in the restaurant business, most of it with the Nashville-based Houston's restaurant chain.

In 1990, Bartlett moved his family to Austin to open a local Houston's outlet at the corner of Anderson Lane and Burnet Road. The restaurant was very successful, attracting local and traveling business diners as well as families who appreciated the comfortable and well-managed operation.

In 2010, Bartlett purchased the local Houston's outlet, renaming it Bartlett's Restaurant and customizing things a bit with menu additions in both the dining room and bar and some local sourcing.

Bartlett is survived by his sons, Jay and Chase Bartlett, and their mother, Resa Bartlett; cousin Jet Bartlett and his wife Cherry of Austin; and many dear friends. Tim will be mourned by countless former employees who were lucky enough to learn the restaurant business under his mentorship. The restaurant will host a celebration of Tim Bartlett's life on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10 from 1-5pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tim's honor to two charities he actively supported, The Center for Child Protection or the Ronald McDonald House.

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