50th Street Caboose

Serving-up Fun in Lubbock Since 1977

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, we’ve added many West Texas favorites and authentic Mexican dishes to the menu. However, our 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 our 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 our menu of authentic Mexican dishes and recipes continued to evolve with a few creative additions from George Amaya.

Come visit Copper Caboose or 50th Street Caboose and enjoy our 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, we 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.

In 1992, we added 3 party rooms for the kids, with local artists creating original Disney-style artwork on the walls to complete our first remodel.

Then, in 1998, we updated and relocated our 3 party rooms and unveiled our million dollar game-room, featuring 100 arcade and redemption games, designed by Curtis Jordan, of Jordan Amusement and Billiards. Our Party Rooms are available any day, lunch or dinner, by reservation. They are suitable for every occasion; birthday parties, family events, office parties, team gatherings, professional meetings, civic meetings, holiday parties or just a friendly get-together.

In June 2001, our first location, The Copper Caboose, moved after 24 years to its current location at Ave Q & 56th Street. This location features our same great menu, strong on authentic Mexican flair and an “out-of-this-world and all-you-can-eat fajita lunch buffet”. With more of a sports bar vibe, this Caboose features 20 big-screen TVs, 12 booths with individual TVs, and FREE POOL all day every day on 12 Brunswick medalist tables.  Stop by and visit our managers, GM- Johnny Garcia and Oscar Gonzales.

By popular demand, Caboose Catering operations began in 2009. Offering flexible menus and pricing, let us create an instant Caboose fiesta straight from our kitchen to you. Whether you are celebrating with family and friends, making a presentation to co-workers or potential clients, needing office drop-offs, or tail-gating with fellow Tech fans. Let us cater your next event!