noW open: Jr’s corner BAr-B-Que
There’s no fancy A-list architect or designer attached to the building. The food isn’t served out of a vintage Airstream. And the only thing hip about the place is the owner’s surgically replaced one.
JR’s Corner Bar-B-Que is old school. Like, 1937 old school.
That’s how long the piece of property has been in the family of proprietor Ben Dukes, the 75-year-old grandfather figure behind the new-again old place in East Austin.
After hip problems forced Dukes to close his restaurant — housed in a former gas station and convenience store — he rented to several tenants over the years. His mobility fully restored, Dukes is back with his son-in-law, Louis Green, working at his barbecue pit.
From a walk-up window, J.R.’s serves sausage, brisket, chicken and pork ribs, smoked over pecan and post oak, along with sides of beans and potato salad. A chopped-beef sandwich costs $2.25, a rib plate is $8.50, a three-meat combo is $9.75. Gospel music mingles with the smoke, serving equally divine purposes.
You can take the food to go or step inside the small dining room, which feels like part thrift store, part hunting lodge and part family museum — with mismatched furniture, mounted hunting trophies and photos of him with past Texas governors Dolph Briscoe, Ann Richards and George W. Bush sharing space with newspaper clippings and pictures of his daughter, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes.
1900 Rosewood Ave. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays.
Ben Dukes, father of state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, cooks sausage, brisket, chicken and pork ribs over pecan and post oak.
The spot at 1900 Rosewood Ave. has been in the same family for 75 years, and has reopened as a walk-up barbecue restaurant.