Saturday Brunch at Threadgill's

  • July 27, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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Hi ladies,

Sharon and I are attending "the Chorus Line" and thought we would have a lovely brunch before hand--

Free parking, lots of history at this place, and fun women to be around--

Something about the place

Let’s face it. No one ever would have said “Keep Austin Weird” if Threadgill’s hadn’t made it weird in the first place.

When bootlegger and country music lover Kenneth Threadgill opened his Gulf filling station just north of the Austin city limits in 1933, he had more on his mind than just pumping gas. After all, just months before he had stood in line all night to be the first person to own a beer license in the county. And soon after, his joint would become a favorite for traveling musicians interested in grabbing a drink after their gigs.

The quintessential beer joint continued to flourish into the sixties, and changed with the social climate of the era by inviting the folkies, hippies and beatniks to his Wednesday night singing sessions with open arms. Threadgill’s love for people and music smoothed out the conflicts that usually occurred when longhairs crossed paths rednecks, and because of this, a new culture tolerance emanated from the tavern, which had a profound effect upon its patrons and the music that came from it.

Not to mention it was here that Janis Joplin developed her brassy style that would propel her to become the first female rock and roll superstar.

After nearly succumbing to the wrecking ball, the original Threadgill’s site was saved by legendary Austin City Councilman Lowell Lebermann Jr., and purchased by Eddie Wilson, owner of the Armadillo World Headquarters. Wilson’s idea, however, was to make Threadgill’s a Southern style restaurant, based on the success of the menu that he offered at his kitchen at the Armadillo. So, on New Year’s Eve 1980, the Armadillo closed, and on New Year’s Eve 1981, Threadgill’s opened as a restaurant. It was an instant success.

Hope to see you there


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  • Wendy

    Fun visiting with the ladies, service was great and so was my fish--

    July 28, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Enjoyed the brunch.....good to see everyone and meet some new friends!

    July 27, 2013

  • Faith M.

    Great group of ladies. I had a lot of fun

    July 27, 2013

  • Angie W

    Change of plans - I'm heading out of town tomorrow for my job and won't be back until Sunday evening. Hope you'll plan another brunch at Threadgills soon!

    July 23, 2013

  • Angie W

    Yay, so glad I get to check out Threadgills with the group! Looking forward to it!

    July 20, 2013

  • Paulette

    A conflict just came up. :( Sorry Wendy! It appears I'm jinxed for getting to do something with your group!

    July 17, 2013

  • Becki

    A cooking class came up during that time I want to attend so sad to have to miss this nice event.

    July 16, 2013

  • Becki

    Sounds fun!

    July 15, 2013

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