Dagar’s Catering started as a family owned and operated cafe in 1952, and was founded by the late Freddie Dagar. The Dagar’s menu began very humbly, offering barbecue, barbecue, and more barbecue. Located on Austin’s historic Sixth Street, the company soon earned a reputation for providing tasty food and customer service that was second-to-none. In the mid 1970s, Dagar transitioned the company to catering weddings and events.
Continuing the family tradition, Freddie’s son, Albert, took control of the business in 1981 and expanded the menu and offerings to meet the needs of the growing scope of their company. Albert added new concepts like a Do-It-Yourself food station and a wider variety of cuisines and services with continued success. Throughout the years Dagar’s has served many high profile figures including First Lady Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson, as well as Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Now, three generations later, Dagar’s Catering celebrates its 65th Anniversary as one of Austin’s first catering companies. To commemorate the businesses many years of excellent service, the City of Austin has proclaimed Freddie Dagar’s Birthday—December, 16—as “Dagar’s Day.” Kathryn Dagar-Albarado, daughter of Albert Dagar and president and owner of Dagar’s Catering, received the proclamation from Austin Mayor Steve Adler at the November 9, Austin City Council Meeting.
Kathryn apprenticed with her father and learned every aspect of the business from unloading delivery trucks to washing dishes to cooking. She assumed the role of president of Dagar’s Catering after her father’s passing in 2012, and is partner with her husband, Frank Albarado of the Dagar’s sister company, dna events. A full-service hospitality company, dna events specializes in venue and events management throughout central Texas.
“I’m so proud of how far we’ve come as a family business over the past 65 years,” says Kathryn Dagar-Albarado. “We are truly grateful for the amazing clients we’ve had the privilege of serving and look forward to expanding our clientele as we pursue new ventures.” Dagar’s Catering offers a diverse menu selection that will appeal to all taste buds, as well as service packages to suit any event, whether it’s a board meeting, business group dinner or corporate banquet.