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Ruby’s BBQ near The University of Texas is closing after almost 30 years

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

Ruby’s BBQ, an Austin dining institution, will close near the end of February, according to an employee there. The restaurant, once a regular haunt for musicians like Albert Collins and Maceo Parker who played at neighboring Antone’s, celebrated its 29th birthday in November.

Pat Mares and her late husband, Luke Zimmermann, opened the restaurant in 1987. The employee says the restaurant will close sometime in late February.

“I just can’t say enough nice things about Pat Mares and Ruby’s. They moved into the neighborhood and had all this great food and would stay open into the evening,” Susan Antone told the Statesman in 2013. “We had some really great times … I can’t think of too many places where I’ve had such good food and so much fun at the same time.”