Soda Springs Bar-B-Q, a 32-year landmark known for its retro memorabilia and country music following, is being sold to Heim Barbecue, owner Brenda Lewis said Tuesday.
Lewis said Soda Springs will remain open about two more weeks if a deal goes through Wednesday as expected to sell the Clifford Street restaurant to Emma and Travis Heim, owners of a barbecue empire that grew quickly from a trailer to a Texas Monthly top-50 restaurant.
Emma and Travis Heim could not be reached for comment.
Heim Barbecue has already posted signs at one new location in what is now called the River District, at 5333 White Settlement Road near the West Fork of the Trinity River. In a Facebook post, managers had said that new location would help serve more patrons and also expand catering business.
Heim Barbecue, listed among Texas Monthly’s Top 50 barbecue restaurants in Texas, opened two years ago as an East Hattie Street food truck. It moved last summer to a full-scale restaurant at 1109 W. Magnolia Ave.
Lewis, widow of Soda Springs founder Scott “Red Wheeler” Lewis, said the restaurant collectibles will be sold separately.
Soda Springs opened in 1985 when there were few other restaurants for workers near the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics assembly plant.
Lewis’ catering work quickly built a reputation with classic country singers, and stars such as Johnny Bush and Jack Greene dined there along with actor Barry Corbin and local cowboy musician and storyteller Red Steagall.