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Historical (And Allegedly Haunted) Prohibition-Era Saloon Reopens Today In Houston

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Historical (And Allegedly Haunted) Prohibition-Era Saloon Reopens Today In Houston

Texas Historical Landmark, Wunsche Bros. Cafe & Saloon is reopening their double swinging doors to the public today.

Over a century ago, the Wunsche Bros. Café & Saloon opened as a hotel, brothel, and saloon under brothers Charlie and Dell Wunsche. Using lumber fed from the family mill, the brothers opened their saloon to accommodate overnight travelers and railroad workers, thriving up until the prohibition when it was sold and turned into a cafe. After changing hands a number of times, and undergoing recent restoration by the Kosh Restaurant Group, the landmark cafe and saloon is reopening its doors to the public today! [Featured image: @wunshebros]

Constructed in 1902, the Wunsche Bros. Café & Saloon was the first two-story building built in Spring, and remains to be the last of its kind in the area.

Today, the saloon is allegedly haunted – we’re told – by the mostly amicable ghosts of Dell and Charlie Wunsche, themselves. Waitresses and other employees have since reported sightings of “Old Man Wunsche” on the upstairs balcony, while Charlie’s spirit is said to have locked employees out of the building, and intruded on one artist’s overnight stay. That artist would go on illustrate the portrait of the ghost, who would only later be identified as Charlie Wunsche.

Beyond the supernatural, the saloon is well-known today for its Texas-sized chicken fried steak, house-made hamburgers and beer bread, and iconic whiskey cake.

For starters, their menu includes options such as their Sausage Sauerkraut Balls, Texas Style Queso, and Wunsche Bros. House Smoked Sausage. American fare in the form of soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and entrees are also available. While for sides, patrons can pile on Southern Style Green Beans, Elote, Chipotle Coleslaw, Mac and Cheese, Squash Casserole, and more.

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For a little something sweet, patrons can indulge on the famous Chocolate Whiskey Cake, Buttermilk Pecan Pie, Coconut Cream Pie, and Key Lime Pie.

Additionally, the restaurant, rooftop, and patio bar has served as a bourbon-fueled live music venue that has staged legendary musicians such as Lyle Lovett and Clink Black. The venue encourages live music-goers to follow their social media pages for updates on upcoming events.

The Kosh family business has overseen the cafe and saloon since 2018. They also manage the Amerigo’s Seafood and Pasta restaurant in The Woodlands, which they opened in 1994 as the first upscale dining establishment in the area.

Wunsche Bros. is located across the train tracks at 103 Midway St, Spring, TX 77373. From Mondays to Thursdays they’re open from 11 am to 9 pm, on Fridays and Saturdays until 10 pm, and on Sundays until 8 pm.

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