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 musi...
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. His quintessential beer joint flourished 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. It was here that Janis Joplin developed her brassy style that would propel her to become the first female rock and roll superstar. Purchased in 1980 by Eddie Wilson, owner of the Armadillo World Headquarters, Threadgill's became a Southern style restaurant, based on the success of the menu that he offered at the Armadillo. In 1996, Threadgill’s World Headquarters was opened in south Austin, right beside the residence of the original Armadillo World Headquarters.