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Backwoods' is town's newest restaurant

By: Richard Zowie richard@fredericksburgstandard.com

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The Pit Room is where the magic is created at Backwoods Barbecue, a new family-owned restaurant. The crew, from left, Jabier Rodriguez, Jonathon Rodriguez, Michael Zavala, Jennifer Zavala and Debra Rodriguez, want to make it a place for families!


After 28 years in the Mexican restaurant business in Mason, Michael Zavala decided to get into the food service business here.

“I’ve always wanted to just do barbecue,” said Zavala, who also did some barbecue and catering at his previous location. “I felt Fredericksburg would be a good fit for us to do a barbecue restaurant.”

Zavala, along with his wife, Jennifer; sister, Debra Rodriguez, and her son, Jonathon, opened Backwoods Barbecue on July 28.

Debra and her husband, Jabier, own the 7.5 acres the restaurant is at on FM 2093 (Tivydale Road).

The name “Backwoods” comes from its location.

“When we started clearing this out, this property was full of trees,” Debra said. “Originally, the restaurant was going to be close to the road, but because of some issues that came up, we had to move the restaurant and we said we’d move it to the back of the woods. And we came up with ‘Backwoods.’”

Zavala describes his barbecue as his own style of cooking, designed to give the customer a good product they’ll enjoy.

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