After months of meticulous restoration, Badu 1891 in Llano has opened it’s doors and is now a destination not to be missed. Offering Texas fare with a twist, the menus are inventive and exciting. Live music is offered on weekends, and the outdoor areas are spacious and beautifully landscaped.
The Badu building has a long and storied history and has been part of the fabric of Llano for many years. Built in 1891 by the Austin architectural firm of Larramour and Watson, it was originally constructed to serve as First National Bank of Llano. Constructed of local granite and locally manufactured red brick, it was built to withstand the test of time. Pretty marble floors on the first floor, and carved wood interior finishes were only a few of the elegant features. In 1894, the bank became defunct and the building was sold in 1898 to French native N. J. “Professor” Badu, a noted local mineralogist. Professor Badu and his family made their home there, and the building was passed down for generations. In 1980, it was purchased and restored as a restaurant and country inn.
There have been many changes over the years to the Badu building, but the new owners have brought it to a whole new level. Careful restoration and attention to detail is evident in every aspect of the building and grounds. An example of the love and care that went into the building is upstairs. Built as office area for the bank, the gorgeous oak walls had large transom windows above that had been filled in with blown insulation. Now, the windows sparkle with antique glass, restored to their previous glory and function. The upstairs area is reserved for private parties and features a private balcony and bar to serve guests.
Our family has enjoyed numerous meals and live bands at Badu 1891. It’s a fun place to have dinner and enjoy live music playing on the 1891 stage, which features a authentic 1891 flag. We recently saw Texas KGB band from Austin, and they were great! Everyone there had a lot of fun, enjoying the energy from the band. Open Wednesday – Sunday for lunch and dinner, with a full bar and wine list at reasonable prices. They have a nice website, Badu1981.com, where you can check out what they have to offer and make reservations through Open Table. Reservations aren’t required, although recommended on Friday & Saturday night. If you don’t have a reservation, go anyway, you will be warmly welcomed!