Historical Bandera, Texas Restaurant Goes Up For Sale
Old Spanish Trail (O.S.T.) Restaurant in Bandera, Texas Poises for New Ownership
Opened in 1921, the Old Spanish Trail (O.S.T.) Restaurant serves as one of the oldest, continuously operated, restaurant’s in the State of Texas. Under its current Ownership (Gwen Janes) it has served the dining needs of hungry ‘Cowboys’ and ‘Cowgirls’ alike for the past 40-years. Originally the namesake of the restaurant was coined by the former Cattle Drive Trail established in the early 19th Century and the famed restaurant still holds to its historical roots. Positioned along the largely unchanged Main Street in downtown Bandera, Texas, the O.S.T. has expanded to a 5,800s.f. full-service restaurant with more than 30 employees.
The building was originally the old Davenport Mercantile Store and, where the famed “John Wayne Room” is now, there was once a horse corral. During the 1930’s and 1940’s, the O.S.T. was also a dance hall where many famous singers and bands played.
Bandera is affectionately known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” for its western culture, famed World Champion Cowboys and Cowgirls and various Dude-Ranches that are scattered in the Bandera County Hill Country. Dudes, Cowboys, Cowgirls, Winter Texans, Clubs and locals all express their like of the O.S.T. for its ranch-house, share-the-tables, friendly and at-home atmosphere. Numerous National travel magazines, newspapers, news channels, special interest segments and Tour-books have featured the O.S.T. as one of the best places to eat and visit in Texas. If your appetite calls for down-home cooking, served by friendly and dedicated staff, the O.S.T. is your go-to stop.
After serving as only the third Owner/Operator of the restaurants history, Janes has decided that it is time to ‘turn-over-the-reins’ to another Owner/Operator that can carry on the tradition and embrace the history of the restaurant. “It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to step-down, but it is time that I think about retirement and focus on me and my family” Janes stated. She goes on to say “the O.S.T. has served as a conduit for my family to grow and expand and I feel confident that a new set of eyes/ideas will serve to keep this piece of history in Texas and serve the daily meals of folks wanting to experience a Texas Tradition”.
Janes wrestled with the idea of selling the restaurant and finally came to the conclusion that the sale of the restaurant and the accompanying real estate was the best way to provide for a smooth transition and offering. In presenting the idea to staff, there were many concerns; however, the employees (some who have worked at O.S.T. for more than 20-years) soon realized their role in the long-term success and continual operation of the business. “All of the employees have been so gracious in my decision to sell the restaurant and I genuinely can’t thank them enough for what they have done to make the business so successful”. Janes felt that the open discussion with staff would serve as a olive-branch and with such excellent staff, the new Owner/Operator of the restaurant will be able to “transition with full support of employees”.
According to Janes, the placement of the business and real estate for sale was not a conventional ‘cookie-cutter’ deal and she wanted someone who not only knew the intricacies of the Historical Real Estate Market, but one who was familiar with the region. JVL Real Estate (Jerrett V. Lamb – Broker) was selected as the Exclusive Broker to negotiate on behalf of Janes and sort-through prospective Owner/Operator candidates to procure a ‘Best-Fit’. Although ready for the next steps in her life, Janes is eager to ‘teach-the-ropes’ of the business to a new Owner and give her time to ensure that the patrons of the O.S.T. are provided with the same customer service and quality foods they have come to expect.
JVL Real Estate, as Broker, asserts that the information contained herein is submitted without representation or warranty. All information is subject to error, omissions, price change, changes in terms and conditions, prior sale, and withdrawal from the market without notice. JVL Investments, LLC (dba: JVL Real Estate) is a Texas Licensed Real Estate Brokerage License Number 0471133