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401 W. Second
Austin, 78701
Once the historic landmark anchoring Liberty Lunch’s footprint, Lamberts revamped the J.P. Schneider Store, built in 1873, into an exquisite barbecue joint downstairs, and a swank upstairs bar with a stage that can accommodate 170. Co-owned by Will Bridges, also a prime investor of Arlyn Studios and Antone’s Nightclub, the venue is booked by ACL Fest creators C3, so it’s a good place to check out artists – local or roadshows – that are on their way to making it big.

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Upscale barbecue in an Austin landmark

Virginia B. Wood, April 19, 2007

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Restaurant Poll Awards

  • 2011: Readers Favorites
  • 2010: Critics Best Fried Pie & Ice Cream Combo
  • 2009: Readers Favorites
  • 2008: Readers Favorites
  • 2008: Critics Best City Pie
  • 2007: Readers Favorites
  • 2007: Critics Best Wild Boar Ribs
  • 2007: Critics Best Fresh Fruit Fried Pies
  • 2007: Critics Best New Fancy Barbecue With a Side of Blues

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