City votes to preserve Stubb's Memorial

City votes to preserve Stubb's Memorial

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The City has voted to preserve and improve the memorial to a Lubbock Legend.

C.B. Stubblefield's statue, built in 1999, is on the original site of his restaurant, Stubb's Bar-B-Q.

"To me, the impression he had was unforgettable, people will always remember him, even after all these years," Rocky

Stubblefield, Stubb's grandson, said.

Stubblefield opened Stubb's Bar-B-Q in 1968. It was the go-to place for music, food and socializing in 1970s and 80s. The memorial, dedicated 20 years ago, now stands where the restaurant used to be.

"Stubb was a real gentleman, and he loved music. He absolutely loved music," Don Caldwell, owner of Caldwell Entertainment, said. "He would get up and set in with every band that came in and sing 'Summertime.'"

Stubb's Bar-B-Q attracted several musicians in the 70s, Caldwell said, locally and nationally known.

"Terry Allen, The Maines Brothers and Joe Ely, The Flatlanders, all those guys, Stubb's was a big part of all that music that happened, big supporter of it," Caldwell said.

Stubblefield moved to Austin in the 80s. He died there in 1995.

Earlier this month, Stubblefield was inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame. Rocky, who accepted the award on behalf of his family, said he is proud to continue his grandfather's legacy.

"Granddad made being a cook cool, because he always used to say it. 'Ladies and gentlemen, I'm a cook.' So, that's what I would say, he made an unforgettable impression," Rocky said.

On Tuesday, the City approved the preservation and improvement of the site and statue. 

Caldwell also said the memorial fits into the downtown redevelopment scheme, and it should be kept in good shape and remain forever.

"Stubb was an integral part of embracing talent in Lubbock and bringing in all the great artists from around the state, and everywhere...To preserve that space and remember what it meant to Lubbock is really important," Caldwell said.

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