Big Tex Nachos with brisket, queso, lettuce, pico de gallo, black beans, sour cream, and roasted corn. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.
Photo: Bob Townsend/Atlanta Restaurant Scene
Photo: Bob Townsend/Atlanta Restaurant Scene

Big Tex closed indefinitely in Decatur 

A Texas-inspired Decatur comfort food restaurant has closed its doors for the second time, potentially for good.

Big Tex, located at 308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. is “closed until further notice,” a representative for the restaurant confirmed to the AJC. Decaturish first reported on the possible closure. 

The restaurant reopened in 2017 after closing for the first time in 2014. It initially opened in 2011, with Jonathan and Justin Fox of the widely popular Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q involved.

Its second incarnation came from original partners Dan and Beau Nolen (Fox Bros., Smith’s Olde Bar), general manager Robin Vaughan, as well as several new partners, including Sean and Tammy Dammann, and Scott Drake, a Decatur commissioner who’s also involved with Moe’s and Joe’s Tavern in Virginia-Highland.

The menu featured snacks and apps such as smoked chicken wings, Tex-Mex-style brisket nachos and chicken flautas, entrees such as chicken-fried steak, carnitas and fried catfish, a double smash burger, and a house-smoked turkey sandwich, as well as 20 beers on draft.


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