An overhaul of the Señor Buddy’s space at 8600 W. Hwy. 290, including a full-service Stubb’s Bar-B-Q restaurant, is in the works by Nutty Brown Café owner Mike Farr.
Farr said he and longtime friends Matt Luckie and Jeff Waughtal leased the property July 1 and renamed the business Graceland Grocery. It is set to open Oct. 10, and construction on an indoor bar is slated to begin by March.
Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, with two downtown locations, made its Southwest Austin debut at Graceland Grocery on Sept. 15 with a soft opening, Stubb's Bar-B-Q General Manager Ryan Garrett said. The outdoor area, in the rear of the property, has dining tables and a full kitchen for Stubb’s Bar-B-Q to operate out of, Farr said.
In the coming weeks, Stubb's Bar-B-Q will install a permanent sign, Garrett added.
Other changes coming to the outdoor portion of the property include a full bar and sand volleyball court.
In the front of the property will be the convenience store with Texas beer and wine for sale, Farr said. The new owners will also replace the taco kitchen in the back of the store with a walk-up coffee bar that serves Cuvee Coffee.
An indoor bar is also planned for the back area of the store, Farr said.
Farr said he has always thought the location is an attractive piece of property and has attempted to buy it for years, but the timing was never right.
Tentative hours for Graceland Grocery is 5:30 a.m. through 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., Monday through Sunday, though Stubb’s Bar-B-Q may begin service at 11 a.m., Farr said. Business during the first few weeks will dictate any operating hours changes, he added.
Updated Sept. 15 at 4:40 p.m. to include the Stubb's Bar-B-Q soft opening date.