Following second round of statewide bar closures, Big Texas Spring announces permanent closure

Since 2005, the venue had served as a local dance hall featuring live country music, having hosted musicians including Josh Abbott Band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Kyle Park, Turnpike Troubadours and Easton Corbin, among others. (Courtesy Big Texas Spring)
Since 2005, the venue had served as a local dance hall featuring live country music, having hosted musicians including Josh Abbott Band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Kyle Park, Turnpike Troubadours and Easton Corbin, among others. (Courtesy Big Texas Spring)

Since 2005, the venue had served as a local dance hall featuring live country music, having hosted musicians including Josh Abbott Band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Kyle Park, Turnpike Troubadours and Easton Corbin, among others. (Courtesy Big Texas Spring)

Following Gov. Greg Abbott's second round of statewide bar closures effective June 26, Big Texas Spring—a dance hall and saloon located at 19959 Holzwarth Road, Spring—announced its permanent closure after 15 years via its website and Facebook page July 2.

The statement reads: "Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been trying to figure out a way for our business to survive while keeping our staff and our guests safe. We did not re-open when we were allowed to because we did not feel confident that it would be sustainable if we did. With the Governor recently announcing that bars are again closed, we now know that it will not be possible to operate again. We want to thank all the people that have been a part of our journey over the past 15 years. To our staff, you were what made Big Texas what it was. We’re sorry we couldn’t keep it going for you. To the bands that we worked with, we were honored to be part of your journey. To our vendors, officers and many partners, your involvement was essential to who we were as a company. To our customers, your support up until the end was nothing short of legendary. We will miss you all."


As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, during the first closure Big Texas Spring had started a GoFundMe page to support staff and had also auctioned off some of the venue's memorabilia from which proceeds supported staff in need.

Big Texas Spring is not the only bar negatively affected by the shutdown as more than 30 bar owners filed a lawsuit June 29 challenging Abbott’s emergency order. Locally, other Spring and Klein bar owners described the second shutdown as a "gut punch."

Since 2005, the venue had served as a local dance hall featuring live country music, having hosted musicians including Josh Abbott Band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Kyle Park, Turnpike Troubadours and Easton Corbin, among others. 281-353-8898. www.bigtexassaloon.com
By Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


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