Tomorrow we celebrate the 82nd birthday of the most famous restaurant in Roanoke, if not Virginia.
We’re talking about the oddly-named Depression-era eatery on Church Avenue that you must never call a “greasy spoon.”
Because if you do, Texas Tavern owner Jim Bullington will tear out your gall bladder with an 80-year-old spatula.
The food at the TT is a controversial subject. Critics claim its menu items and the term “quality” should never inhabit the same sentence. Admirers call it the most delicious grub on this end of the Milky Way.
Arguments over this have resulted in scores of divorces and one gentleman’s duel in Elmwood Park. Both participants perished.
But there’s one controversy that has haunted the 10-stool diner for more than three decades. It’s that Elvis’ last meal came from the Texas Tavern.
You can understand what a public relations nightmare this could be for any restaurant. So let’s make it clear right now: It’s 100 percent false that the King met his maker at the TT.
The truth is he died of a heart attack while straining on one of the many porcelain thrones in Graceland, his Memphis mansion. The date was Aug. 16, 1977.
But the Texas Tavern indeed played a fascinating role in those events. Here is the rest of that story.
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