The Hole In The Wall is a fixture on The Drag at UT. It’s a relic of another time. A time that included places like the Dobie Theater, Showdown Saloon, and Sound Exchange. All we’re left with now are places like Tyler’s, Urban Outfitters and the Co-Op. But The Hole is still hanging around. They’ve been with us since 1974 and were actually on the chopping block when they temporarily closed in 2002. They were saved early that next year by the owners of Austin’s Pizza and since then, they’ve expanded their stage and added some delicious food from East Side King. But last I heard, they still don’t have a telephone and they still celebrate Doug Sahm’s birthday.
I used to work across the street from The Hole in an old campus building that was demolished many years ago. I’d go in and sit at the bar for lunch 3 or 4 times a week. Partly for the $3.99 cheeseburger and fries, but mostly to chit-chat with the bartender Brooks Brannon. Brooks was a bit of a Willie look-alike with his red bandana and wooly mustache and had been slinging drinks and performing on stage for who knows how long. It’s been a while since I’ve stopped into The Hole for lunch, so I have no idea if he’s still around. But I can’t imagine the place without him.