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Austin’s twilight-lit purple hills prompted late 19th-century Texans to call it the Violet Crown. A booming music scene in the late 1960s and 1970s earned it the moniker Live Music Capital of the World. And a recent influx of young tech innovators (plus their disposable incomes) has shot it up the ranks in myriad best-places-to-live lists.
The first thing that strikes you when you meet Bryan Furman, the owner of B’s Cracklin' Barbecue, is his passion and confidence. The first-generation pitmaster carries himself with the kind of self-assuredness and restaurant smarts you’d expect to find in someone with many more years under their belt. But the 35-year-old has every reason to be confident.
“It’s feeding an area where’s there’s not an abundant amount of food,” owner Jonathan Fox says. “It gives us the opportunity to play with some different menu items we’ve been tinkering with. There will be some surprises.”
With their tricked-out kitchen and beautifully landscaped yard, it’s obvious that entertaining is a priority for this family. Recently I was fortunate to join them for a summer cookout.
The bar menu will showcase lesser-known spirits from across the globe, and include “a peat meter and a few other things” to ease diners into the world of craft liquor. “ Out in the suburbs, we see everybody just doing the same stuff,” Owens says. “We want to do something a little more fun where people can experiment, but still feel safe.”