Family-run The Pit Barbeque prides itself on 'good food, fair prices and fast service'

Neal Tucker, pictured, is owner of The Pit Barbeque.

Neal Tucker, pictured, is owner of The Pit Barbeque.

Image description
The Pit Barbeque
Image description
The Pit Barbeque
Image description
The Pit Barbeque
Image description
From the ground up
After nearly 35 years, The Pit Barbeque owner Neal Tucker credits his business’s success to “good food, fair prices and fast service.”

“We have a good product; we don’t try to rip anybody off,” Tucker said. “I try to keep my prices lower than anybody else, so I think if you have better food at a lower price, I don’t think you can help but be successful.”

After four years in the Army, Tucker took over ownership of the barbecue restaurant in 1985, though it has been open since 1964.

Tucker said his father, Troy Tucker, was the original owner of nearly 20 The Pit Barbeque restaurants from San Marcos to Oklahoma, often franchising them out to friends and family. Tucker’s cousin was the previous owner of the restaurant on Williams Drive and handed the business off to him.

Since then, not much has changed at the Pit, and Tucker said his customers like it that way.

“The recipes in place when I got here are still here today,” Tucker said. “People get used to the way that things taste.”

The Pit was one of more than 60 businesses on Williams Drive that were closed due to the Atmos Energy gas leak in early February. The Pit was closed for 39 days, Tucker said.

And while restaurants—particularly barbecue restaurants—have come and gone in Georgetown, Tucker said having good employees and trusted family members to help him run the business has added to the restaurant’s longevity. His brother, Terry Tucker, who works as the general manager, and mother, Fleeta Mayfield, still help out regularly at the Pit, Tucker said.

Tucker said his favorite menu item to cook is brisket but added all the sides, including the potato salad, coleslaw and beans, are made from scratch because “it’s cheaper, and it tastes better.”

While he enjoys being his own boss, Tucker said his favorite part of the job is interacting with customers.

“If I could come in every day and just work through the busy hours on the front line part, I’d be happy,” he said.

The Pit Barbeque
2427 Williams Drive, Georgetown
512-930-2333
www.facebook.com/thepit14
Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
SHARE THIS STORY


MOST RECENT

Alex Thompson, "I can feel you breathing under my skin," Digital archival inkjet printc, 2019. (Courtesy Southwestern University)
Art, plays and more: 5 things to do in Georgetown, Nov. 21-24

Here are some fun weekend things to do in Georgetown.

Apple's Mac Pro computers are assembled at a manufacturing plant in Northwest Austin. (Courtesy Apple)
Apple breaks ground on $1 billion, 3 million-square-foot campus in Northwest Austin; expects to open facility in 2022

Apple announces construction begins on $1 billion, 3 million-square-foot campus in Northwest Austin

The Williamson County Courthouse is located at 710 S. Main St., Georgetown.
Williamson County commissioners set cap, condition on law firm hire for county sheriff’s office

The court approved the hiring of the firm during its Nov. 19 meeting.

The Georgetown Municipal Airport is located at 500 Terminal Drive, Georgetown. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)
New name is considered for Georgetown Municipal Airport

The Georgetown Municipal Airport could see a name-change in the near future.

Crews work on updating a section of I-35 in Central Texas (Courtesy TxDOT)
Central Texas transportation agencies investing millions in I-35 for new lanes, intersection improvements aimed at aiding mobility

About 20 miles of I-35 through Central Texas will see an infusion of $400 million in state and federal funding to add one to two additional lanes in an effort to improve mobility.

The Georgetown-based Texas Speed and Performance, a high-performance aftermarket automotive parts retailer, is expanding its operations in Georgetown. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Georgetown's Texas Speed & Performance expands operations

The business will build two new commercial buildings.

Back to top