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Gruene Texas

If you are going to New Braunfels for the weekend - this little historic town is a fun stop just minutes away!

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Cotton Gin

A Brief History

This 1870's cotton gin turned restaurant overlooking the Guadalupe River is a neat setting for a delicious meal.

In the late 1870's Henry Gruene built a cotton gin that was used by area farmers to process the cotton crop. In the 1920's the wooden cotton gin burned to the ground - the only part that didn't burn down was a three story brick building that was used as a broiler room.

In 1977, around 100 years after it was originally built, the cotton gin was converted and the Gristmill restaurant opened in the brick building that survived the fire of the 1920's.


The History Lover's Tips: 

  • Request to sit inside with a river view.

Sure you can sit outside with less wait time, but you won't get to experience the full "cool" factor of eating inside an 1800's cotton gin building. I say if you're gonna do it, really do it!

  • Order the filet won't regret it.

Gristmill restaurant Gruene Texas
Gruene Hall

Gruene Hall

Established 1878

Texas' Oldest Dance Hall

Gruene Hall is the oldest continually operating dance hall in the state of Texas. It has not closed it's door since it opened in 1878.

Some of the most famous artists who have performed here include:

  • George Strait

  • Loretta Lynn

  • Willie Nelson

  • BB King

  • Jerry Lee Lewis

  • Little Richard

  • Tracy Lawrence

  • Pat Green

  • Miranda Lambert

  • Garth Brooks

  • Hootie and the Blowfish

  • The Marshall Tucker Band

  • The Nitty Gritty Band

  • Dierks Bentley

           and more!

For more information about current shows visit:


This restaurant is oddly narrow, and has some interesting architectural features. We were curious about the history of the place, and asked the waitress/manager about it. We found out that the building was actually the bank in Gruene Texas in the early 1900's. If you go into the store in the back of the building, you can still see the old vault. 

With such a fun history, it's sort of a shame that the employees didn't seem to know much about it and if we hadn't asked about it, we would have never known the history to that place.

While this particular stop might not be focused on any historical value, it is worth stopping in for some onion rings and while you are there...check out the vault.

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