Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Your last minute Christmas gifts are only a few clicks away!  For a limited time only (now through Tuesday, Dec 18 2012), in every online order we ship out, we’ll throw in a calendar magnet and a window sticker for FREE! You don’t need to add anything to your cart, add a promotional code, or anything- just ORDER those last minute Christmas gifts! The one exception: Not valid on orders containing only gift certificates.

We have everything you need for your Texas Tavern fan: t-shirts, artwork, keychains, hats, and more.  Add a Texas Tavern tote bag to wrap it up in, and you’ll be giving the best gift under the Christmas tree this year!

Please have all orders in by midnight, Tuesday December 18 to guarantee delivery by Christmas.  Merry Christmas!

Charity Auction to Benefit Saint Francis Service Dogs

The Texas Tavern announced today that a number of pieces of memorabilia from Roanoke’s Millionaire’s Club would be sold in an on-line charity auction to benefit another Roanoke institution – Saint Francis Service Dogs.

“People are constantly asking us for old signs and menus as a souvenir from the Tavern,” said Texas Tavern owner Matt Bullington.  “I had these old signs and menus collecting dust at home and it hit me that this is what people have been asking for.  We wanted to help a Roanoke non-profit and Saint Francis made sense as another organization that was created right here in the Star City.”

Saint Francis Service Dogs raises, trains and places service dogs with people who have disabilities.  The dogs help a range of people from children with autism to adults with severe arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other debilitating illnesses.  Like the Texas Tavern, Saint Francis is uniquely Roanoke.

“We were so happy the Texas Tavern reached out to us,” said Saint Francis Executive Director Cabell Youell.  “It costs $25,000 dollars to raise and train a service dog which we then place for free.  We are so dependent upon the goodwill of the community, and fundraisers like this are perfect,” said Youell.

The five items, framed at no charge by Simply Framing by Kristi are have been placed on eBay.  Bidding began at 1 p.m. on Wednesday August 22 and ends at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29th.

The items include two club breakfast menu signs, one main menu sign, one that reads, “Chile, you’ll like it” and another that touts the Tavern’s famous Hot Dog Chile.

The auctions can be accessed here:  The two organizations worked jointly on a You Tube video featuring the sale items, Tavern marketing director Molly Bullington, and Saint Francis Dogs sitting at the famous counter alongside some of the restaurant’s patrons.

News Chili

When I arrived in Roanoke to become the anchor at WSLS I was still trying to figure out a new city and a new schedule.  My family had not yet joined me from Richmond, and I was living in the Patrick Henry Hotel.  It didn’t take long to find the chili at the Texas Tavern.  What a treat and less than two blocks from the TV station!  There were many, many nights when after the 6 p.m. news, I would walk down to the Tavern and get a bowl to go. I would then return to the station to begin writing the 11 p.m. news — on a typewriter.  To this day, when I eat TT Chili, I am reminded of of my first months in Roanoke, in 1987.

Welcome to our new Website!

Thanks for checking out our new website!  We are very excited to finally move into the 21st century, as far as web design goes.  Don’t worry, the food at the Texas Tavern hasn’t changed a bit!  Surf around, check it out, and let us know what you think. Subscribe to the Texas Tavern Inc e-newsletter to receive periodic email updates on our current news and events. Also, be sure to upload your favorite Tavern picture and/or story in the “Your Pictures and Stories” section. If you really like what you see, and want a website for yourself, contact Jamey Miller Design at, and tell him we sent you!