Austin's began operation April 1, 1997, as a full
service restaurant and catering facility. A former founder and
partner of local establishments Bourbon Street Restaurant and Los
Altos Bar & Grill, proprietor Richard Clark now brings his well established
résumé to a fresh concept: authentic barbeque, quality steaks and true homestyle
meals, whether served at his “rancho” or yours.
Clark has worked in the restaurant/catering business for the last
twenty years. This is his first restaurant dedicated strictly to
classic barbecue and home-style meals. It was the natural next step
for Clark after the successful 1987 spin-off of Absolute Barbecue Company
from Catering by Dana, where Clark was the operations
and marketing manager. “There seems to be a new trend out there
toward quality food and value,” says Clark. “Austin’s was born from
According to Clark, he fell in love with barbecue about ten years ago.
“It is the one true American cuisine and at Austin’s, we do the
classic Texas-style, smokehouse, ‘hose-me-down-after’ barbecue,”
he says. After spending some considerable time in the southwest,
and ultimately ending his sojourn in Austin, Texas, Clark feels
this to be the origin from which all other barbecue has been developed.
No imitations for this newly-styled country boy.
Topete, Executive Chef
As a young man, Austin’s chef Arturo Topete
discovered his love for food while learning barbecue
skills on his father’s ranch in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Wanting
to broaden his experience in the Culinary Arts and with his family’s
blessings, Arturo came to the Bay Area in 1978. After spending time
under the tutelage of well known San Francisco based Stars’ owner
and chef Jeremiah Tower, Arturo expanded his experience to include
stints at the Stanford Park Hotel and San Mateo’s Capellini Ristorante before
landing at Austin’s in Mountain View, as chef de cuisine.
This now 44-year old chef’s love for food preparation can be felt
in the energy with which he serenades the staff daily from his repertoire
of Puerto Vallartan folk songs.
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