Lubbock’s Four Bar K dining venue celebrates 30 years in business

Through an ever-changing world and a devastating fire, a Lubbock venue continues to uphold the tradition of great food, local music and a Texas-style atmosphere.

Chuck Kershner, owner of Four Bar K at 302 E. 82nd, took a moment after putting groceries away in the venue’s kitchen to reminisce about building his business twice in its 30-year history.

The Four Bar K Ranch on 98th Street started the business when a friend asked if they could do something for a child’s birthday party. The party went well and more people reached out to organize events.

Chuck Kershner, owner of Four Bar K, 302 E 82nd St., checks out equipment in the venue's kitchen Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

“He’s become very popular,” Kershner said. “It got to the point where I was doing five events in a row on a Saturday. Then a banking group asked me if I could do their catering at the ranch, and that’s kind of where it all started.”

In December 1991, Kershner bought the old Tommy’s Place to turn it into a rustic place. It was also inspired by Jug Little’s Fridays, which only opened for lunch on Fridays on East Broadway in the 1980s. This led to the barbecue buffet currently on the site.

Four Bar K, 302 E 82nd St., serves a barbecue buffet lunch on Fridays.  There's also free beer, wine, and live music.

The buffet includes barbecue, sausages, sides, and chicken and meatballs for $15. He serves it himself and guests are welcome to sample complimentary beer and wine. Local musicians also perform during lunchtimes.

The October noon performances will be:

  • October 14: Tim McKenzie
  • October 21: Yvonne Perrea
  • October 28: Gary Nix

“It’s the best deal in Lubbock,” he said.

Four Bar K, 302 E 82nd St., has hosted weddings, parties and other private events since December 1991.

As the 31st birthday approaches, Kershner recalled some interesting memories.

“I had a wedding where the dad brought his Harley Davidson and the bride drove it down the aisle,” he said. “Last Saturday I had a bride who was married here 26 years ago. She remarried here, and I thought that was pretty cool.”

Another big moment for the company came on October 21, 2002, when a fire decimated the 6,500 square foot site. Kershner no longer views it as a loss, as he was able to double the space and build back better, with the support of the community.

Four Bar K, 302 E 82nd St., is a private party spot most of the week, but open to everyone for Friday lunches.

“It burned to the ground, but it was kind of a blessing because I rebuilt it right away and doubled its size,” he said. “Randy Miller and his band built this new scene for me. Another customer donated all the materials for the bathroom. It really made a difference and helped us.

The venue offers space, indoors and out, catering, and connections to florists and bakers. They can also provide a DJ or a band. People can book the venue via email [email protected]or by calling him at 806-789-8682.

In December, the company will celebrate its 31st anniversary. People can follow Four Bar K to, Facebookand instagram.

Alana Edgin is a reporter who covers Business News in and around Lubbock. Send him a topical tip at [email protected]

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