Miss Mae’s Barbeque says goodbye

By: 
Gary Zupancic, Staff Reporter

Wimberley has lost an icon. On Dec, 30, Miss Mae’s Bar-B-Que closed its doors for the last time.

Good things do not last forever and Wimberley has lost one of its icons. On December 30, Miss Mae’s Bar Be-Que closed its doors for the last time and said goodbye to Daily Specials and their sliced beef, sausage, chopped beef, chicken, turkey, pork loin or pulled pork. Many will miss the restaurant and its offerings.

Miss Mae’s was the brainchild of Steve Dunks, grandson of Miss Mae Brackeen who ran the Red Barn Pit Bar-B-Que where Wimberley Way is located next to Pitzer’s Fine Art. When Miss Mae died, Steve opened up the restaurant on FM 2325 in 1997.

“In three months it would be 20 years,” Steve said. “We were a part of everybody’s life. We shared more than barbeque…We’ve gotten an outpouring of love and support from customers, family and friends. It’s very humbling.”

He plans to liquidate the fixtures and everything else in the restaurant in the near future. He is planning to rent out the location to some other business in the near future. 

He is concerned though for his employees. They have no jobs yet. “They are all very hard workers and dependable. That’s loyal employees when they came down to help pack up (on January 2),” Steve said about Mikayla Sanders and Leslie Puchole. “The Goodnight family, lots of both teen and adult employees, too,” were instrumental in making Miss Mae’s a success.

“It’s time, nobody wanted to pick it up (the business)… I don’t want to be like that Quarterback who should have retired three years ago. It’s bittersweet, but there is reason for everything. God has a plan for everything but I don’t know what the plan is…I’ll go home and feed the cows and cut cedar.”

After almost twenty years, Miss Mae’s has served thousands of meals each year to Wimberley customers, leaving their hunger behind each time they passed through the door.

“It’s been fun, y’all,” Steve said.

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