Beloved Fulshear restaurant Dozier’s BBQ will fire up its pits for the last time after making the difficult decision to close up shop, according to a news release from the eatery.

The background

The restaurant, which opened in 1957, served as a restaurant, meat market and wild game processor. Its roots trace back to original owner Ed Dozier, who won first place in the inaugural Houston Livestock & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cook-off. His recipes serve as the backbone of the menu, according to the restaurant's website.

Over the years, the restaurant has garnered the attention of well-known patrons, including celebrities and politicians such as former President George H.W. Bush, who had bacon from the facility delivered to the White House every few weeks on Air Force One, according to its website.