Wimberley restaurant opens for ‘Christmas orphans’

A chef and waiter prepare meals at The Back Porch in Wimberley on Christmas day. (KXAN Photo)

WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — It’s hard to find a restaurant open on Christmas Day in most towns, and it’s especially hard in a town with only a handful of places to eat to begin with. For the first time, a Wimberley family decided to open their business up to those who may not have family to celebrate with on Christmas.

At The Back Porch in Wimberley, chefs are chopping brisket and making sandwiches for their customers. Any other day, this would be normal at the restaurant, but it wasn’t supposed to be open this Christmas.

“Months ago we had told our staff that we would be closed this week,” said The Back Porch Owner Jay Bachman. “It was just a few days ago that Chef Jody came to me and said, ‘I’m going to open on Christmas Day and there’s nothing you can do about it.’”

Clearly, there wasn’t because by noon on Christmas dozens have already eaten a meal. “People were here before we opened today. It was so funny!” said Bachman.

Bachman says Chef Jody just got back to Wimberley after two months of helping those in Puerto Rico get back on their feet from the hurricane earlier this year.  He wasn’t done helping just yet, he saw there were some in his own town who needed a little love as well.

“We know that some people may not have families to be with today and that’s no way to be. We wanted to have a nice place with complementary cocoa with peppermint marshmallows to come to and just have friends,” said Bachman.

Bachman says it’s only a small gesture to a community that has done so much for his business.

“We were building this restaurant during the Halloween flood. They came in, stacked the wood, cleaned outside and power washed the kitchen. It was amazing,” said Bachman. “This is nothing compared to what the Wimberley Valley has poured out on us.”

Bachman says he isn’t sure he will make this a yearly event, but was happy to see how many were willing to step away from their traditional Christmas to spend time with the community.

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