Are you a horror buff chasing the sights and scenes from your favorite scary movies? Do you live in Texas and need a new spot to add to your adventure bucket list? Or are you a history lover looking to learn about all the spooky spots in the US? Have you ever wondered about the true story behind The Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies and franchise? The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a franchise of horror movies that was started in 1974 with the most popular of the group.
The story is loosely based on the true events of a man named "Leatherface" and his family, who terrorize innocent visitors who wind up in the empty Texas countryside. The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre was directed by Tobe Hooper and written by Hooper and Kim Henkel, who later went on to be involved with later remakes of the film and even a video game.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre House
The famous Victorian house that is well-known as one of the primary filming locations of this classic horror film was constructed in the early 1900s and was originally located in Williamson County (in modern-day Round Rock, Texas). Now located in Kingsland, approximately 75 minutes from Austin, Texas, the once-horrific movie set is now home to a less-horrific (and more delicious) site — a restaurant called the Grand Central Café.
The house served as a home for many families and students throughout the years, made its film debut in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 1973, and was then purchased by The Antlers Inn in 1998. Since then, the entire home was dismantled and transported to its new site in Kingsland, where it was then entirely restored. Since 2012, diners have been able to grab a delicious meal at the Grand Central Café.
The Grand Central Café
The Grand Central Café was brought to life by its owners, Rick and Drew. They wanted to provide Hill Country tourists and area locals a place to enjoy wonderful breakfast and lunch items at an affordable price. The elegant atmosphere of the multiple dining rooms presents a modern-day Texas spin on the Victorian environment of the home. Since opening, dinner hours have been added as well.
The restaurant's motto is "We serve the best..." so expect the best when you visit. They are open for breakfast, lunch, appetizers, and dinner. The menus change seasonally but feature a wide array of favorites, including chicken fried steak, Philly cheesesteak benedict, salads, wraps, burgers, sandwiches, and amazing desserts. You can even buy Texas Chainsaw Massacre souvenirs in the fancy Club Car Bar!
Visit the Historic Home
Whether you are a horror fan or an avid foodie, it is 100% suggested that you make add this stop to your Hill Country road trip. The address is 1010 King Ct., Kingsland, Texas, 78639. If you really want to soak in the area and check out the lake, stay for a night or two at the Antlers Hotel (Antlers Inn). The Antlers Inn fuses the history of the space with modern-day conveniences at the Junction of the Llano and Colorado Rivers, on Lake LBJ.
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Editor's note: This article was originally published on April 28, 2021.