B.B. Rover’s Cafe & Pub secures new lease to remain open in Northwest Austin

On Nov. 7, 1987, B.B. Rover's Cafe & Pub opened at 12636 Research Blvd. near Jollyville Road.

On Nov. 7, 1987, B.B. Rover's Cafe & Pub opened at 12636 Research Blvd. near Jollyville Road.

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After coming close to closing in late 2018, one of Austin’s oldest craft beer bars has secured a lease to remain open for another three to four months.

The owners of B.B. Rover’s Cafe & Pub, located at 12636 Research Blvd., Austin, said in December they would close the 30-year-old pub if a buyer did not step forward. Although a buyer was not secured, co-owner Eugene Downing said they were able to secure a new lease to remain open for three to four more months. He said March 15 that he expects the lease to be finalized in the next couple of weeks.

“We’re no longer on the chopping block,” he said.

In the past few months, Downing said B.B. Rover’s had to close its kitchen, which will be reopening on a limited basis. He said the pub still needs to hire more servers and cooks but will be opening the kitchen initially for dinner with sandwiches, chili and specials.

The future of B.B. Rover’s, however, is still up in the air, Downing said. The goal is to remain open, or he said the owners will be looking for a new owner.

“If we can turn things around enough, we can continue in that direction and remain open,” he said.

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By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and later senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels.



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