Photo of restaurant storefront at 1101 W. Third St. Where Texas Beef & Cattle Co. is to open in the Wright Dunbar Business District.

Texas-style barbecue coming to Wright Dunbar

In NAHA News /

DAYTON, Ohio—Texas Beef & Cattle Company will open Dayton’s first co-op style barbecue restaurant at 1101 W. Third Street in the Wright Dunbar Historic District, according to an announcement by Wright Dunbar Inc.

Texas Beef & Cattle owner James Nunez signed a three-year lease for the space with Wright Dunbar, the property owner. Nunez is a Texas native who also is an investment advisor and president of AGORA Investments in Dayton.

Nunez said he started smoking meats while serving in the U.S. Navy from 1984 to 1991, according to the announcement. He has been catering festivals and weekend barbecue events in the Dayton area since 1998.

The new restaurant is to provide lunch and dinner for the public as well as members. The menu will feature mesquite smoked beef brisket, pulled pork and smoked sausage. Specialty sides will include Borracho beans, Tejano rice, “yella’ tater salad” and green beans.

Nunez plans on expanding the menu over time to include Mesquite smoked free range grass fed locally sourced bison brisket, free range chicken, ribs, and Gulf Coast seafood.

Wright Dunbar said the restaurant will create nine new jobs in the historic corridor west of downtown Dayton that includes the site where Wilbur and Orville Wright built the world’s first successful airplane and where African America Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar began his career.

“Texas Beef & Cattle hopes to become a local gathering place that shares a little bit of their culture and the wonderful tastes of the South Texas Gulf Coast with the Dayton community and the people who work, live, and play here,” the announcement said.

A grand opening is to be held at the end April, but Nunez will begin having membership events as soon as the week of March 14. Watch the company’s Facebook page for a calendar of events.

Wright Dunbar, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the revitalization of the historically-significant commercial corridor west of downtown Dayton, Ohio, known as the Wright-Dunbar Business District. The district is the center of the neighborhood where Wilbur and Orville Wright invented the airplane, and African-American Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar began his career. The district includes the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park’s Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the offices of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance.