Deeply missed since its 2014 closing, this fall marks one year since a team of original and new owners brought Big Tex back to the Decatur scene. It’s become the perfect venue for watching sports games, jamming to live music and munching on mouth-watering, Texas-style food.
Sean Dammann, one of the new owners, credits the success of the resurrected restaurant to preserving iconic menu favorites and enhancing the entertainment platform. They’ve just brought on a new chef who will be adding fall specials to the menu.
“Big Tex is really about great food, cold cocktails and good times in a family-friendly environment,” he said. “I like to think we are Decatur’s friendliest bar.”
Eat, Drink, Play!
The entertainment platform hallmarks the upgrades for Big Tex. There are 12 large, flat screens with stereo sound and a dedicated stage for performances.
It’s no surprise this was the direction given Dammann’s own background – Sean and his wife Tammy are founding members of the rock band The Dammages. Dammann is excited about bringing live music and televised sportsgames to Big Tex’s iconic menu and coveted downtown Decatur location.
“At the end of the day we want to be in the regular rotation for lunch and dinner and a special destination for live music and sporting events,” he said. “We are not a sports bar or ticketed music venue, but we are a great place to watch your favorite game and provide free live music several nights per week.”
A new energy adds to the long-missed legendary menu items such as the smoked wings, chicken fried steak, meatloaf and catfish. For instance, traditional Big Tex Blue Grass Brunch with live blue grass still happens every Sunday. The difference is now the bands perform on a stage with state-of-the-art sound.
“There are no boundaries in live music and no two performances are the same,” Dammann said. “The interaction between the performer and crowd is hard to catch in a studio. It is about living in the moment.”
The place for parties inside and out
Special events have become a mainstay for the restaurant. With limited places in the city for large groups, Dammann says the “Emergency Drinking Bar” in the back of the restaurant can be closed off for corporate and private events.
Dammann and his partners share strong local ties as Decatur residents who run other successful businesses here. As such, Big Tex has big plans outside of the restaurant as well.
“We are also working with the city to bring back the street parties for a cause,” Dammann said. “The idea is to have a full day of music and raise money for local charities.”
“We live here, love here and will always remain a committed partner to our community,” he says.