Willie's Joint restaurant offers burgers, live music and more

The cheeseburger and fries combo ($11) is served with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and condiments on the side. (Photos By Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
The cheeseburger and fries combo ($11) is served with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and condiments on the side. (Photos By Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)

The cheeseburger and fries combo ($11) is served with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and condiments on the side. (Photos By Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)

Photos signed with markers cover the walls and ceiling in love notes and precious memories at Willie’s Joint in Buda. Co-owner Greg Henry tells of people visiting from all over to sign their name, return and show it off to their loved ones.Henry and his childhood friend Jeff Griffin talked about opening up their own business together and in 2013 made that a reality. Partnered with Greg Pratt Jr., who had worked previously in barbecue ventures, they together opened Willie’s Joint, a place where friends and family could come and spend time together without the fuss of having to cook, clean and host.

Willie is no one they personally know, and many think it is named after Willie Nelson, but when they opened the business, the name just rolled off the tongue, they said.

Initially, they did serve barbecue but have since scaled down to “simple bar food,” Henry said. Willie’s now serves burgers, chicken strips and tater tots. “A lot of bars [in Austin] are super packed with single, younger, whatever it may be. This is more of a family neighborhood type bar-restaurant. With us being mainly outside, people love and enjoy coming here,” Henry said.

Greg Henry (pictured), Jeff Griffin and Greg Pratt Jr. opened Willie's Joint in 2013.

Willie’s Joint has both indoor and outdoor seating, but the outdoor seating is what shines and where people gravitate toward, he said. There is a playground for kids to enjoy, adding to the family-oriented environment the owners aim to create. However, after 10 p.m., it is 21 and over only.


In addition to being a restaurant, Willie’s Joint also features a general store that sells branded merchandise, snow cones, old fashioned candy and ice cream, and the Honey Hat Co. sells cowboy hats.

For now, Henry says they want to stay small, stay local and keep people happy.

Willie’s Joint, 824 Main St., Buda. 512-295-0483. www.williesjoint.com

Dining Hours: Mon.-Tue. 5-9 p.m.; Wed.-Thu., Sun.11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
By Zara Flores
Zara joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in August 2021. Prior to CI, she interned at Picket Fence Media in Southern California and graduated from Cal State Fullerton where she was assistant news editor for the Daily Titan and copy editor for Tusk Magazine. Zara covers education, business, government and more for Buda, Kyle and San Marcos.


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