April 18, 2024

New Owners Set to Restore Historic Texas Star Inn to Former Glory

San Antonio, TX – January 5th, 2024 – Former Grady’s Bar-B-Que joint, once known as the iconic Texas Star Inn, is poised for a grand revival under the new ownership of Jami and Troy Lott. Located at 7400 Bandera Road, this historic property holds a significant place in Texas history and has been a cherished landmark for decades.

With the recent acquisition of the property, the Lotts have ambitious plans to breathe new life into the Texas Star Inn, returning it to its former glory days. Their vision includes restoring the historic building and property, which also features the beloved old party barn venue.

The Texas Star Inn holds a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1946 as a beer joint and popular gathering spot for motorcyclists. In subsequent years, it evolved into Grady’s, a renowned barbecue restaurant that attracted patrons with its delectable fare and vibrant atmosphere. Adorned with antiques and autographed photos of country music legends, the establishment held a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike.

Originally operated by Mama Aselee Mattie and Papa Frank Klein, the Texas Star Inn was not just a venue for food and drink but also a hub for live music. The Texas Star Playboys, led by Papa Klein himself, entertained patrons with their “down home” music, setting the stage for many legendary performances over the years.

Renowned artists such as Johnny Bush, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Faron Young, and Roger Miller graced the stage of the Texas Star Inn, leaving an indelible mark on its storied legacy. Local talent also found a platform at the inn, showcasing their musical prowess to appreciative audiences.

The property changed hands over the years, witnessing various transformations while retaining its status as a cultural landmark. From its stint as a dance hall to its incarnation as Grady’s Bar-B-Que restaurant, the Texas Star Inn continued to be a cherished destination for music lovers and barbecue enthusiasts alike.

With the Lotts’ commitment to preserving its heritage, the Texas Star Inn is poised to reclaim its rightful place as a cornerstone of San Antonio’s cultural landscape. As they embark on this journey to revive a piece of Texas history, the Lotts extend an invitation to anyone with information about the inn’s storied past to come forward and contribute to its restoration.

Cheers to new adventures and the revival of a cherished piece of Texas history!

Historic information provided by James Cox.