A local boy, born and raised in Austin, with a long career in the restaurant scene starting at age 15 as a dish washer at the Lone Star Café.
From there, Doug worked his way around town at other spots like Captain Boomer’s, Chili’s and Tumbleweed. In 1989, at 19, he began a long stint at Z-Tejas working just about every position from pantry to bartender and eventually General Manager and Operating Partner in 1997. It was at Z-Tejas where Doug met Matt Dodson in 1989 and both discovered they wanted to own and run their own restaurant someday.
“We both really like sports but we wanted a place with good food, too. It was important to us that the menu didn’t include a bunch of food that came off the back of a Sysco truck! We also wanted to create a place that provided guests and staff a sense of family.” Young explained.
“Matt and I are both a little country so we like a cold beer. That’s why ice cold taps are very important. There’s nothing better than a cold beer when you want one.” Young said.
Doug is a graduate of Westwood High School and has a Bachelors of Finance from Texas State University in San Marcos. He is married to Katie Young and has two great kids, Riley and Jack. Doug’s favorite item on the menu is named for him: Doug’s Certified Ruben which is a tasty combination of corned beef, aged Swiss cheese, spicy Russian dressing and krout on a toasted marbled rye.