Threadgill’s World Headquarters, the iconic South Austin location of the comfort food restaurant and music venue, isn't leaving West Riverside just yet. Owner Eddie Wilson signed a new lease which will keep him at the addresss for three more years, according to the Chronicle.
Last month, Wilson shared that he was worried he would have to shutter the restaurant and venue next year because he couldn't afford the increasing costs ($38,000 every month for rent, property taxes, and insurance). “[Landlord Moton Crockett] says the land’s gotten too valuable to be supported by meatloaf and chicken fried steak,” Wilson told Chronicle previously. It would’ve potentially shuttered after SXSW in 2018.
Chronicle noted that Wilson had a rendering of a high-rise building where Threadgill’s occupied the ground floor, which could very well become a reality in the future.
Kenneth Threadgill opened the original Threadgill's as a gas station and beer bar in 1933, and it became a music venue as well in the 1970s. Wilson, as founder of the Armadillo World Headquarters, took over the Brentwood property and adding the restaurant component in 1981. Threadgill's opened in South Austin in 1996, next to the historic Armadillo Headquarters.