The History of Coupland

In 1887 Civil War Major and former Travis County sheriff, Theodore Van Buren Coupland, founded a small town on inherited land.

The Old Coupland Inn and Dance Hall

This building, built in 1904 began as the Coupland Drug Company in 1911. It was also called Albers Drug Store in 1948. Three doctors practiced medicine and used a hand powered x-ray machine. The Coupland Tavern, built in 1910, was formerly a hardware store, where pun-offs were held there quarterly. It also housed a newspaper called the Coupland World Globe News.


A bar/bar-back from the Old Tavern that was formerly in the Old Schlunberg Hotel is over 100 years old. It was bought and moved to the now Coupland Dance Hall by the Worthy’s. It has bullet holes in the bar. The other bar/bar-back came out of a River Boat on the Mississippi River and the Worthy’s moved it from Louisiana to Coupland.


In March, 1992 Barbara and Tim Worthy converted the former Speckles Grocery into a Texas-sized (7,000 plus square foot) dance hall, and named it Coupland Dance hall & Tavern. The tradition & hospitality of the Old Coupland Inn was rejuvenated in the spring of 1993, when Barbara and Tim cranked up the pit, stirred up family recipes, & threw open the doors to the Coupland Inn. Opening the BBQ establishment was the second phase of the couple’s overall plan to revitalize downtown Coupland.

The original BBQ sauce recipe was obtained from the previous owner, Jack Sutton and accompanies the ribs, brisket, sausage, and chicken and is still made by the owners today. They started out as just a BBQ business but once the word got out how good the food was they decided that maybe we should do steaks too. When people drove out from Austin or other areas and the BBQ was sold out they were not happy campers. Thus the reason for “throw a steak on the fire QUICK!”

In June 2017, The Worthy's retired ( much deserved) and sold the Dance Hall, Restaurant and Inn to Abbey Road.  Many of the long time staff have remained.  The dance hall has been the backdrop for music videos including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pat Green and Kevin Fowler. Coupland has also been used as a set location for several movies including Lonesome Dove.