Leroy & Lewis
New school barbecue spot to open South Austin brick and mortar
One of South Austin's most popular food trucks has found a permanent home. Currently housed at Cosmic Coffee, LeRoy and Lewis has announced it will open a new restaurant, bar, and retail space in South Austin later this year.
Helmed by Evan LeRoy and Sawyer Lewis, the concept will be located off Stassney Lane at 5621 Emerald Forest Drive. An adjacent retail space will expand on the brand’s current offerings, adding beer and wine as well as packaged barbecue goods to-go. Products will include LeRoy and Lewis packaged goods like sauces, rubs, and merchandise, and guests will be able to avoid the line for pick-up of large pre-orders and packaged barbecue to-go.
According to a release, the restaurant menu will expand the truck's current offerings and showcase the team's commitment to local and responsible sourcing, as well as butchery and whole animal utilization. The focus will be on dishes that "push the boundaries of Texas barbecue," and the new space will also allow the team to have fun with more specialty items, as well as additional sides and desserts.
Landing at No. 5 on Texas Monthly's top 50 barbecue spots in 2021, the brand is already well known for pushing boundaries — and not just for its barbecue. The truck's burger is one of our nominees for the best burger in Austin at our Tastemakers 2023 Awards event next month.
The private event space and bar will allow the already-popular truck the chance to offer a more robust hospitality experience, as well as expanded educational content from barbecue classes (“New School BBQ-U”) via YouTube and Patreon videos. Beverage offerings will focus on interesting, easy-drinking wines that both pair well with barbecue but are also ideal to grab for an evening at home, as well as beer ranging from local craft options to low ABV sippers.
While the current food truck will remain open at Cosmic, the new space will aim to pay homage to a nostalgic old school barbecue experience of a barbecue line service style with the team’s new school brand of hospitality in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Behind the design are creative partners OPA Design Studio, Helms Workshop, and McCray & Co.
“We all have such a love for South Austin, making it our home and home base for the food truck, so to be able to bring this space to life and offer a well-rounded hospitality experience to our own neighborhood is a dream come true,” notes Lewis via release. “We’re excited to build a place that’s enjoyable whether you’re hanging with family and friends, grabbing a few drinks at the bar after work, or hosting a special event.”