What’s in a name? Well, if you’re downtown blues venue Antone’s Nightclub and have recently decided to go into the sandwich business, quite a lot, as it turns out.
They’ve just announced a sandwich-selling partnership with Houston-based Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys, who have been been slinging po’boys and homemade chow-chow relish all over Texas for decades, first in their restaurants, and now in grocery stores throughout the state.
The family connection runs all the way back to 1962, when Clifford Antone’s uncle Jalal opened Antone’s Import Company, selling his instantly popular po’boy sandwiches to crowds of Houstonians. And in 1975, nephew Clifford moved to Austin to open Antone’s, a legendary nightclub and music joint Downtown that would go on to host a roster of legendary touring acts like B.B. King, Ray Charles, and James Brown, and foster local blues talent like Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bob Schneider, and Gary Clark Jr. Reopened in 2015 by a group of modern blues fans, they’ve been bringing the blues to Downtown Austin for the past three years.As of Saturday, Oct. 27 (which just happens to be Clifford Antone’s birthday), every day from noon to 2pm, the family connection will be re-established when Antone’s starts serving Uncle Jalal’s famous po’boys at the bar or in the front record shop, Big Henry’s Vinyl & Gifts. Start out with the Original, upgrade to the Super Original, or try variations like turkey & Swiss or tuna. And of course you can order a bag of Zapp's New Orleans Kettle Style Potato Chips on the side. You’ll be able to chow down on a po’boy while, if you’re lucky, listening to a rendition of the blues standard "Poor Boy Blues."
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