With severe weather impacting Texas, small businesses need repairs now more than ever. That’s why Yelp partnered with design expert and Emmy-nominated TV host Bobby Berk to launch the $100,000 Make It Happen Day fund.
Together they are helping five local businesses across Texas make much-needed repairs and updates to their facilities. Two of those businesses are right here in the Austin area: Texas French Bread and Ambur Fire.
Spill the aTx got a chance to chat with Bobby Berk and ask him about his favorite things in Austin. We started by asking the Queer Eye star what he thinks makes Austin so special.
“Austin is a big city with a small town feel. There is so much to do and explore, from music to the arts to the outdoors, and it has a very friendly energy that makes you instantly feel welcome. I describe it as quintessential Texas, but with a stylish and funky twist.”Bobby Berk
There definitely is so much to do and explore and Bobby knows all about that as he and his Queer Eye co-stars shot season six of the series right here in ATX.
Here are Bobby Berk’s favorite things to do and see in Austin!
Favorite places to shop
For home decor, the Four Hands Home showroom is an amazing place to shop and it’s one of my favorite lines. It’s normally only available for designers, but this location is open to residents of the greater Austin area. You’ll find all sorts of furniture, lighting, and accessories with a modern twist. I also really love Stag Provisions, a standout men’s store full of cool clothing and accessories with a southwest meets urban cowboy vibe.
Favorite places to eat
You really can’t miss El Arroyo (which is also where we shot our Queer Eye season six photos) for classic Tex-Mex. It’s an Austin institution for a reason! I also really love Café No Sé for all day eats and Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon for some of the most mouthwatering and juicy chicken I’ve ever tasted. The Roosevelt Room is also a lovely spot to grab a specialty cocktail.
Favorite Austin landmark
It would have to be Barton Springs Pool. It’s a really unique addition to the city, and the only place you will want to be on a sweltering Texas summer day! I love that people from all over Austin, and all walks of life, can come together and enjoy this natural landmark.
Favorite TV show about or based in Texas
Although I’m not a sports person, I did really enjoy watching Friday Night Lights. While it is centered around the Texas institution of high school football, it also brought in so many other complex dynamics like family, faith and mental health that just made it totally engrossing and engaging to watch.
Favorite movie about or based in Texas
Hands down, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. It’s got Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds and singing and dancing football players. What more could you want?
Favorite Texas singer or band
There are actually so many amazing singers from Texas it’s hard to choose! It’s probably a toss-up between Kelly Clarkson, Beyoncé and Kenny Rogers. They’re all so different, but each represent Texas in their own unique ways. I grew up listening to Kenny, so I have a soft spot for country music, but I also love Kelly’s voice. And Beyoncé is just such an incredible artist and cultural force.
What person would he classify as totally Texan?
I would go with former Governor Ann Richards. I remember seeing her on TV as a kid and being fascinated by this woman who had a big personality and a big Texas bouffant! She embodies the Texas attitude of tough but fair, sassy but sweet, and full of life and love.