The first Stubb’s restaurant opened in 1968. It was an old small building on East Broadway in Lubbock, Texas. It was right across the street from the fair grounds. My earliest memories of that restaurant were when I was about 7 or 8.
One of my best memories of the restaurant was actually a day when my granddad put me to work. It wasn’t at the pit cooking or on the line fixing plates. Those duties would come later in my life. This day, I was going to be a busboy. Actually, I should make it sound like I worked a lot of hours. My granddad let me clean off a table and my payment would be the tip they had just left. There was only a quarter, a few dimes and maybe a nickel on the table. To me that was great, because those coins would get me some candy out of the candy machine over by the front door.
Another memory I have is going into the pool room, which probably should have been called the pool closet. It was a small room that besides having a pool table, it sometimes had sacks of onions and potatoes stacked against the wall. Those vegetables sometimes became part of the game. You can read about that story in Sunday Night Jams.