Ready for some Texas barbecue this summer?
The short-lived Cornerstone Market, on the Fishtown-Northern Liberties border at 19-21 W. Girard Ave., is being primed for Bubba's Texas BBQ, a sitdowner with bar attached to the open kitchen. (All hinges on community approval.)
Steve Ehrenhalt, the developer who owns the building, is partnering with Robert "Bubba" Kolbasowski, a native of Austin, Texas, who now lives in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. The two met 20 years ago when Kolbasowski, then site superviser for a construction company, pulled up with his smoker on a trailer.
Kolbasowski seems quite proud of his rig -- a 10-by-17-foot, 7,000-pound thingamabob that he pulls around town, drawing droolers as he passes.
He says his brisket is smoked for 24 to 30 hours at 160 degrees -- "so tender, you could cut it with a feather."
Hyperbole? Fishtown will see firsthand on March 8 when Kolbasowski pulls it up to the neighborhood meeting.
Speaking of Fishtown, Stephen Starr is saying May 1 for his beer garden on Frankford Avenue, around the corner. (Name TBA.)