John Scott and Eddy Patterson, who co-own Stubb’s music venue and sauce company, have paid $2.4 million for the former Ridgway's printing building on South Lamar Bouldevard, near Barton Springs Road, and will begin construction in January on a restaurant with a very special bar.
The pair purchased the 50-foot mahogany bar, built in 1866, from the shuttered Cedar Tavern in New York City seven years ago for $150,000 and have kept it in storage until the right spot came along. Cedar Tavern was a famous hangout for beat writers and abstract expressionists, including Jack Kerouac and Jackson Pollock who were 86-ed from the University Place watering hole at times for drunken behavior. Cedar's draw for 1950's bohos was because it was the closest place to get a cheap drink after Robert Motherwell’s weekly salons in his Greenwich Village apartment.
The Cedar Tavern later became a haunt for folk musicians: Bob Dylan and filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker met there to plan the documentary "Don't Look Back."
Lubbock natives Scott and Patterson were regulars at Cedar Tavern when they lived in NYC in the early ‘90s and hatched the idea to market the sauces of Christopher "C.B." Stubblefield while having drinks at the bar. “I met Stubb when I was nine years old and my mom took me to see Muddy Waters at his club (in Lubbock),” said Scott, whose mother was a philosophy professor at Texas Tech.
Scott, Patterson and business partner Burke Edwards won't reveal the restaurant's food concept or a name until they announce the chef within the next month. But the space will be designed by Mickey Spencer of East Side Showroom. Michael Dickson of Winflo and Kung Fu Saloon will oversee general contractor duties. The new place, which won't have live music, is expected to open in October 2014.
Note: C.B. Stubblefield's name has been corrected.