Thursday, June 28, 2012

Poodie's Hill Top Roadhouse in July 4 "smoke-out"

Poodie’s Hilltop Roadhouse, located in Spicewood, has decided to initiate a smoking ban for restaurant and bar patrons beginning July 5.

The venue, which was opened in 2002 by Willie Nelson’s stage manager of 34 years, Randall “Poodie” Locke, had allowed smoking inside the roadhouse for the past 10 years. Poodie’s is known as one of the last great roadhouses in Texas and is reported to be a frequent of Willie Nelson and other notable country music figures.

“I’ve been thinking about this over the whole last year,” Poodie’s owner Sharon Burke said. “Everyone’s pretty supportive of the change. Most of my patrons are so happy to see this bar alive and honoring the tradition Poodie left.”

The smoking ban was initiated because of health concerns for Poodie’s employees and musicians.

“My staff just became so sick after the weekends,” Burke said. “Musicians wouldn’t come in because of the smoke, so patrons won’t come in.”

While smoking will no longer be allowed in the restaurant, there is a two-tiered deck outside to accommodate smokers.

Poodie’s will celebrate “The Last Smokeout,” an event to commemorate the last day of smoking, with bands performing throughout the day July 4. The following day, Poodie’s will introduce the policy with headlining acts Larry Joe Taylor and William Clark Green. Poodie’s is located on 22308 W. Hwy 71


  1. as a once smoker and no longer a smoker I have been on both sides of the fence on this one..and I'm for the non smokers..It still cracks me up that all the places in West are still smoking..don't be telling them Czech's what to do..ha

  2. I heard that. I smoked 4-5 packs a day until it made me so durned sick I was cross-eyed and coughing all night long. Stopped smoking, and guess what. I feel halfway decent, though I know there pathology from the substance abuse of compulsive tobacco smoking is still with me.

    But I'm like the folks this lady is talking about. If I stay in real smoky conditions for an extended period, I feel sick the next day. No bout a'doubt it.

    My solution: Stay away. Best medicine there is, for me. My addictions are much more easily managed if I just don't go around the places where they purvey that which made me so damned sick - such as, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. I still go around a little bit, but I leave early and come late. Best thing I can do.

    It's not because I see something wrong with the Czechs or anyone else who is partying and having a good time. It's just that I made myself sick - el sick-ola - doing the same thing. - The Legendary