Stubb's Bar-B-Q in downtown Austin will keep its name, despite lawsuit settlement

Rocky and Reggie Stubblefield accept the Barbecue Hall of Fame trophy on behalf of their late grandfather, C. B. Stubblefield, at Stubb's Bar-B-Q Oct. 1.

Rocky and Reggie Stubblefield accept the Barbecue Hall of Fame trophy on behalf of their late grandfather, C. B. Stubblefield, at Stubb's Bar-B-Q Oct. 1.

Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, a restaurant and music venue at 801 Red River St., Austin, will retain its name despite a 2017 lawsuit settlement that required the local chain to rebrand its other locations.

The decision was announced at an Oct. 1 event, co-hosted by the venue and Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q Sauces, to commemorate C.B. “Stubb” Stubblefield’s induction into the American Royal Barbecue Hall of Fame in Kansas City.

Rocky Stubblefield accepted the induction on behalf of his late grandfather, who opened his first restaurant in 1968 in Lubbock, where he made his legendary barbecue sauce.

McCormick & Company, the parent company of Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q Sauces, said in a statement that it had come to a mutual agreement earlier this year with the Stubb’s restaurant team.

"We are continuing to explore new opportunities to grow the Stubb's brand together, and this could include future expansion and more," per the statement.

The 2017 settlement arrived after 18 months of negotiations between the local restaurant and One World Foods, which makes Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q Sauces and was purchased by McCormick in 2015.

The former Stubb’s locations at Lala’s Little Nugget in North Austin, Mean Eyed Cat downtown and Graceland Grocery on Hwy. 290 were renamed Do-Rite Barbecue earlier this year.
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