Austin has experienced a barbecue renaissance over the last five years with national accolades pouring on the likes of Franklin Barbecue, La Barbecue and John Mueller Meat Co. Now some people living near the smoke pits are complaining about the smell.
District Three City Council Member Sabino “Pio” Renteria wants the city manager to come up with rules to clamp down on barbecue trailers and restaurants located near residential areas.
“People cannot even open their windows without having their house smelling like barbecue,” he says. “Whatever they’re barbecuing out there, when they start their fire, it’s really thick smoke. No one wants it.”
He mentioned two businesses specifically – Terry Black’s Barbecue on Riverside Drive and La Barbecue on East Cesar Chavez Street.
La Barbecue’s general manager Alison Clem says one neighbor has complained, and she believes the criticism is overblown.