Writing restaurant obituaries is one of the hardest parts of this job. It doesn’t matter whether we’re philosophically opposed to the nature of the business, a closure means there are people who were trying to put food on the family table who are now out of work.
We never made it to Voodoo BBQ up in Round Rock.
We vote with our wallets and very few corporate food outlets (save Popeye’s) see even a penny of our money. We eat from local owned businesses, drink craft beer from Austin breweries and if we’re going to buy non-food we try to make sure the business is locally owned.
It’s how we were raised.
Voodoo BBQ had a stacked deck against them before they’d even crossed the border from Louisiana. Texans know and love barbecue and regional variations are usually looked upon askance. Louisiana barbecue had a tough row to hoe in the great state.
This is why you don’t see many red beans and rice joints rise up out of Lubbock and march into New Orleans to set up shop.
Our original article speculating on the potential success of Voodoo BBQ in Texas (spoiler:we didn’t like their chances) http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/8/16/New-Orleans-Comes-To-Austin-Voodoo-BBQ-And-Grill-Plans-Texas-Expansion-Austin-Yawns?adminview=true