Art Blondin moved to Austin in 1980 and discovered the wonders of Texas barbecue while he drove around central Texas looking for gigs for his country band. He started out running his restaurant business from a rented bar kitchen, and then moved his operations to a tiny former railroad caboose on West 5th Street. He eventually outgrew the caboose and moved to his current location on South Lamar Street, where he opened Artz Rib House. People visit Artz Rib House both for ribs and the live music from various bands every night of the week.
Sadly, Art Blondin passed away on August 30, 2014. He was 60 years old.