The owner and pit boss at a long-standing meat market and restaurant in Giddings has died.
Gerald Birkelbach, owner of City Meat Market, died unexpectedly Thursday morning at the age of 65.
Birkelbach worked at City Meat Market for 41 years. The market has been featured in outlets like Texas Monthly and CNN, and has received multiple best barbecue awards.
In a statement, City Meat Market said Birkelbach was “a legend that many people knew and many wanted to see,” and was “genuinely a hard worker and a good person.”
Funeral services are pending with Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings.