Decatur City Commissioner will be involved in reopening of Big Tex

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 11, 2016
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This story has been updated. 

Decatur Commissioner Scott Drake will be involved in plans to reopen the Big Tex restaurant in Decatur, which closed in 2014.

The popular Decatur restaurant Big Tex is returning this year with a new mix of partners but much of the same menu and the same atmosphere. The new owners plan to tweak the menu, but bring back most of the restaurant’s popular items.

After Big Tex closed, it was used as a catering outlet for Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q for about a year. Drake is reopening the restaurant in partnership with father/son duo Dan and Beau Nolen, who were previous partners at Big Tex. Robin Vaughan is also a partner and will serve as general manager, and Charlie Hendon is another partner in the business, Drake said. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is not involved in the new venture.

Drake is a partner in other restaurants, including Moe’s and Joe’s Tavern in Atlanta and Universal Joint.

The space is being repainted and renovated, with plans to open in late fall or early winter, Drake said.

Drake said he always enjoyed eating and spending time at Big Tex before it closed, so he is excited about getting involved in the new venture.

“It is always fun to do projects in Decatur, where I know a lot of the people,” he said.

Mariann Martin contributed to this story. 

Correction: An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect spelling of a name. The story has been updated with the correct information. 

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