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The Washington Post Sunday - - TRAVEL - — T.C.

Year founded: The stand-alone build­ing that houses Lit­tle Longhorn Sa­loon dates back about 100-plus years, says co-owner Terry Gaona. Be­fore be­com­ing a bar circa 1940, the build­ing was a farm­house, a gas sta­tion and, briefly, a restau­rant. In­te­rior: Fam­ily road­house. Por­traits of Ginny Kalm­bach and Dale Wat­son hang be­hind the bar, re­minders of the peo­ple who have left their mark on the sa­loon. Like­wise, framed pho­tos of mu­si­cians cover the wall be­hind the band­stand. The chicken coop is lo­cated in the back, un­der a Lone Star Beer light that would typ­i­cally hang over a pool ta­ble.

Mu­sic: A busted Wurl­itzer juke­box sits by the door, right across from the stage where bands as­sem­ble six nights a week. Sig­na­ture drink: Wine-a-rita, a line of winebased cock­tails, such as a com­bi­na­tion of wine, mar­garita mix and “a cou­ple of other things in it to give it that ex­tra yum­mi­ness,” says Terry Gaona. The drinks launched in Novem­ber. Draft beers: Six taps, in­clud­ing ones ded­i­cated to such Texas clas­sics as Lone Star and Shiner; the bar also of­fers 50 to 60 other brands, in­clud­ing craft beers. Worst day: Terry Gaona doesn’t like to fo­cus on the neg­a­tive, but she does choke up if you ask if any chick­ens have died un­der her nur­tur­ing gaze. “I’ve had two chick­ens die. Those are sad days,” she says. “But we know they go to chicken heaven.”

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