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Joe Cotten's Open for Business Near Richard Borchard Fairgrounds

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ROBSTOWN (Kiii News) -

The original location of Joe Cotten's BBQ is now a vacant lot, the result of a fire back in March of 2011.

A smaller take-out catering business in Calallen is now the temporary new home for Joe Cotten's. However, Wednesday through Saturday, you could say Joe Cotten's has risen from the ashes back in Robstown.

The sign outside the building says VFW, but for the next four days it might as well say Joe Cotten's BBQ, because inside that is what you will find.

The Nueces County Junior Livestock Show just wouldn't be complete without their barbecue. It's tradition.

"I think this is great because my daughter, after she started in sixth grade, every set we'd come and eat Joe Cotten's," customer David Ramirez said. "And we did that for like four or five years, and then it burned down, so last year we missed out."

"This is awesome. I was excited when my friends invited me to eat lunch with them," customer Angele Kostroun. "We've missed it."

Along with the delicious barbecue and the giant black and white pig, most of the original wait staff is back.

"I really do miss it. I mean we're like a family," said Walter Hopkins, a waiter from the original Joe Cotten's. "When I started working here, I was the last person Mr. Cotten hired."

Cecil Cotten, Mr. Cotten's son, is also back, chatting it up with customers.

"I know a lot of people have missed our barbecue, and so it's our pleasure to bring it back," said Michael Cotten, owner of Joe Cotten's BBQ. "Back on Avenue A, and it hasn't been back here since 1968."

So if you want a little taste, from Wednesday through Saturday, Joe Cotten's will be open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. The VFW Hall where it is located can be found at 805 East Avenue A, a half-mile west of the Richard Borchard Fairgrounds in Robstown.