The original Copper Caboose was located at the corner of 4th & Boston Avenue in the shadows of Texas Tech’s AT&T Jones Stadium. Founded in 1977 by Frank Smith, and brothers, John & Frank Fitzpatrick, the Caboose is credited with serving Lubbock’s Original Beef and Chicken Fajitas. Over the years, they’ve added many West Texas favorites and authentic Mexican dishes to the menu. However, their original Tex-Mex dishes were introduced by Lupe Gonzales, originating from his family recipes.

In August of 1990, partner Bob Jordan discovered a second Lubbock location just down the street from the South Plains Mall. With a few new twists, the 50th Street Caboose was born; conceived by partners John Fitzpatrick, Phil Bradley and interior designer Gladys Harboth. The 15,000 square foot restaurant and bar would be complemented by a “Midway” of more than 75 arcade games, pool tables, a redemption center stocked full of electronics, toys, novelties and giant stuffed animals. From the beginning it was a hit, but the Tokens for A’s promotion changed Caboose history. Game play for good grades made the Caboose a Lubbock family fun destination. Many of their original customers will remember the train that circled the bar, giant TVs in almost every corner, exposed ductwork suspended from the ceiling and floor-anchored-fans accenting the unique industrial design. Even their menu of authentic Mexican dishes and recipes continued to evolve with a few creative additions from George Amaya.

Go visit Copper Caboose or 50th Street Caboose and enjoy their classic homemade Mexican dishes, great sandwiches, char-grilled fajitas, steaks, shrimp, catfish, chicken strips, crispy salads with house-made dressings, traditional American favorites, arcade games, a game of pool, or just a gathering with friends and family. Experience the unique Caboose concept!

As always, they maintain the sincere desire to exceed the expectations of each and every guest, with quality service, wow drinks, great food and an unforgettable entertainment experience.

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