A grand opening was held at Cooper’s Original Pit Bar-B-Q on Saturday, July 19th. There was live music, live radio with Lone Star 102.5 FM, free drawings, a washer pitching contest, and a jumping castle for the kids. A drawing was held every two hours for a link of sausage. The winners were Terry Gierisch, Brandon Neece, Tammy Ramirez, and Patti Harris. The winner of the brisket was Etta Hausenfluck. Nine teams entered the washer pitching contest. The entry fees will be put in a scholarship fund to benefit a graduating senior. The winning team was Justin McMillan and Jason McMillan and the second place team was Timothy Martinez and Jake Martinez. The winners received (4) Schlitterbahn tickets and (2) T-shirts (both compliments of 102.5), (2) $20 gift certificates to Cooper’s and a washer board set. The second place team got (2) $10 gift certificates.
George Thomas Cooper opened Cooper’s Pit Bar-B-Q in 1953 after winning this business establishment (which is another story altogether). James Duard Dockal took over on January 1, 1983 after working for Mr. Cooper for seven years. He was no stranger to this industry since he was raised around his father’s bar-b-q restaurant. Lindell and Pam Estes took over ownership on April 1, 2014. Cooper’s Original Pit Bar-B-Q is now open seven days a week with extended hours on weekends. The new business hours are Monday-Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Friday-Sunday 10:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Chopped beef sandwiches are offered daily as well as free beans with a meat order. The new pavilion/picnic area is open for dining too. Plans include live music and a washer pitching contest which will be held monthly. The entry fees for the contests will continue to be put in a scholarship fund. There will be more upgrades in and around Cooper’s and we will keep the public informed. The name has been modified slightly to distinguish it as the original. What won’t change are the great recipes and cooking styles that have made Cooper’s a legacy.