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Three Friends. One Vision.

Some things are better with time. Fine wines, friendships, and ideas. 1852 on Austin was an idea that dates back over 40 years. It began with a love for music and a chance meeting between two men who played music. Dave Echols met Mickey Morrison when Mickey was playing for the Kress Brothers Shows in 1979. Dave was also a musician playing in local coffee houses. They quickly became friends bonding over their passion for music and their love of guitars. (Between the two, they own over 60 guitars).
Even though they lived in many different places over the next 40 years, Dave, Mickey and his wife Brenda stayed close and frequently attended concerts together from New York City to Red Rocks in Colorado. They often visited Dave’s family lake house together and there, they found a slogan that would stick with them forever. A sign at Dave’s mothers lake house read:

“Oh, why not.”

It was in Colorado that the idea for a joint venture began in 2016. After looking at several other options, they found the perfect venue and said “Oh, why not.” In February 2021, they purchased the beautiful Planters Bank & Mercantile building in downtown Jefferson. The bank was built in 1852 and was the first bank in the territory. They have transformed this historic structure into a beautiful restaurant and music venue in the old “dinner club” tradition.


The Venue

Established in 1844, Jefferson, Texas was the state’s largest and most significant river port. By 1870, it was recorded that over 200 new buildings were in the works. The town reached its peak population just a few years after the Civil War and is reported to have exceeded 30,000. During this time, Jefferson was the sixth largest town in Texas.
In the heart of the city stands the Planters Bank & Mercantile building. Built in 1852 for shippers Patton, Henderson and Company, and now home to 1852 on Austin, the building features round arched openings on the first floor, French doors with fanlight transoms, and a cast-iron balcony. The magnificent bar featuring brass rails came from a saloon in Kansas City and dates back to the 1850s. The saloon was a notorious favorite of western legends, including Jesse James.