A KENDAL business is set to open an alfresco restaurant.

Pappy’s Restaurant, Bar and Grill, formerly Pappy’s Texas BBQ, hope the new venue, opening on Wednesday April 14, will provide a space for locals to meet and tuck in to their authentic Texan menu.

The courtyard style restaurant located just off Strickland Gate has been a long-lived dream of owner, Robin Perris. The pandemic last year saw Pappy’s wholesale side of the business struggle as orders dropped due to lockdown. Not averse to a challenge, Texas-born Robin saw this as an opportunity to focus on online sales and hot takeaway.

The takeaway side of the business grew quite rapidly and opening of the alfresco restaurant is the natural next step.

Robin said: “We have run pop up restaurants in the past with local businesses, but to create an outdoor space at our own smokehouse is just something I feel really passionately about.”

“We have had such a wonderful response from our takeaway and the support from the local people of Kendal has been incredible, it really is a dream come true.”

Pappy’s Restaurant, Bar and Grill, will serve authentic Texan BBQ from their one-of-a-kind 19th century smokehouse, a smokehouse that is steeped in local history. With low and slow oak smoked brisket, ribs, pulled pork and handmade hotlink sausages all on the menu, it’s no wonder that the restaurant already has a waiting list of customers hoping to book in.

Robin Perris and her family know the true power of the barbecue, she said: “In Texas are a way of life. they unite families in times of celebration and in grief, symbolising strength and sincerity. We are so excited to see people reunite with each other. We’ll show them how a really Texan BBQ goes down with good, honest, simple food and a warm Texas welcome.”

The addition of the Restaurant, Bar and Grill to Pappy’s was a conscious choice to showcase the authenticity of their brand. Robin said: “This is not just another restaurant, this is laid back dining, good food and memories shared.

Robin’s passion for heritage cooking travelled with her as she left America to began her new life in the English Lake District.

Robin soon set about creating a family-run BBQ business, grounded in gritty Texas culture and the traditions of her youth. As the business grows, and increasingly plays a key role in connecting communities in times of challenge as well as celebration, it stays truer than ever to its roots.