This time the libs have gone too far: Austin to ban BBQ restaurants July 30, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, disaster.
The Austin City Council just preliminarily approved an ordinance requiring all BBQ restaurants in Austin – and there has been a great explosion in number and quality over the past 7-8 years – to install expensive smoke abatement devices to keep from “annoying” neighbors with the wonderful smell of smoked meat. I am guessing this is probably a handful of asinine vegans who cant’ stand the temptation? Who doesn’t like – heck, love – the smell of really good barbeque?
“If this resolution passes, we would be forced to close or move. It would destroy Austin barbecue.” says Aaron Franklin, owner of Franklin’s BBQ in Austin.
Austin, Texas has long been a destination for Americans of all stripes in their quest to find the best barbecue in the nation. [I don’t know about “long.” When I lived there 20 years ago, about the only respectable places were County Line (gas oven/wood chips) and The Salt Lick (heard raves, never quite had an awesome experience). It was in Driftwood, anyway. From what I understand it’s been about the last 8 years or so that a number of really top-flight BBQ joints have opened.]
However, if the Austin City Council gets their way, food tourism may soon be a thing of the past.
Austin City Council members passed a preliminary plan in April to put restrictions on smoke from barbeque restaurants. Some Austin residents complain of the barbecue smoke saying they can’t enjoy their homes they purchased before some of these restaurants moved in.
The city council’s current proposal will require smoke diffusers and will also limit the amount of time that restaurants can smoke. These restrictions will require at least $100,000 in extra investments for most barbecue restaurants as they will be forced to buy extra smokers along with severely expensive diffusers, and in some cases will have to lease or purchase more property.
One business expert told council members that these restrictions will certainly kill all but the largest barbecue restaurants in Austin.
It is effectively a ban on barbecue restaurants in a town known for its barbecue.
Of course, these regulations are par for the course for a liberal city. Liberals claim to hate big business and love small businesses, but then they love to place so many regulations on the little guy that the environment becomes toxic to entry level entrepreneurs. The ultimate consequence of these policies is that large corporations and governments are the only entities permitted to operate.
I suggest you get your barbecue from Austin as soon as possible so you can tell your descendants how good it was before communism took over.
So typically leftist – get blessed with something that sprang up out of nothing and then regulate it to death over the complaints of a tiny handful. Rather than deal with individual problem spots, impose a blanket ban that punishes the innocent along with the guilty – to the extent any are “guilty” in this case.
Liberals can never stand people having too much fun.
On a local note, anyone tried that Ten 50 BBQ in Richardson, on 75 near Collins? They bill themselves as being “real central Texas BBQ,” but I’ve heard that before. I’ve been thinking about trying them out.