3563 Far West Blvd Austin, Texas 78731
907 W. 24th St. Austin, Texas 78705
In 1970, native Austinites, Bert and Joyce Johnson, opened a small 1,000 square-foot barbeque joint at MLK and Rio Grande near the University of Texas campus. Bert was a state employee and cooking for co-workers and friends--out of his house, but don't tell anyone-- every chance he had.
Bert's father-in-law, Henry Adams, owned a Gulf service station on MLK and knew a dormant upholstery shop for rent and looking for a tenant. He suggested Bert and Joyce use the space to set up shop. He and Joyce were able to do this on an if-it-works basis, and could purchase the shop when they were ready.
Well, it did work. Bert and Joyce purchased the little spot and, alongside the Johnson family, grew the business through the 70’s and 80’s. Looking back, Bert always said “thank God for state employees, Old Austin High and UT or we would not have made it.”
These cohorts remain our core customers to this day. Sadly, Bert passed away in 1989, but the Johnson family still operates the establishment, continuing to plate customer favorites such as the “T-Man” and frito pie, as well as, traditional BBQ fare: brisket, sausage, chicken and ribs.
With such crowd-pleasing fare, Bert's Bar-B-Que rolled through the 90's and was heading strong into the new century when an incident set the restaurant back in 2007.
There was an electrical fire and the original Bert’s Bar-B-Que was lost. Having opened a store in North West Hills in the 80's, all operations moved there and carried on the Bert's tradition.
But now they’re back. Bert's is returning to west campus and glad to be back in our old neighborhood. Please come visit us at 24th and San Gabriel!
THERE IS A LOT OF GOOD BBQ JOINTS IN AUSTIN AND BERT'S IS ONE OF ‘EM!