A Texas Legend is Born
You are sitting in the oldest
original building in Old Town Spring!
It was built in 1902 by Dell and Charlie Wunsche on land left to them by their parents, German immigrants Jane and Carl Wunsche. The Cafe originally housed the Wunsche Brothers Saloon and Hotel, which served the town’s booming railroad industry. It was in 1916 when the Wunsche family began leasing the saloon property to a changing cast of quite colorful proprietors, yet they always retained the ownership of the land.
The saloon on the property was the last to close during prohibition, and the building operated for a short time thereafter as a grocery store. Dell and Charlie Wunsche would be happy to see so many smiling guests enjoying great food, cold beer (ok, it was warm beer back then) and the old fashioned Texas hospitality they started more than a century ago. Welcome to a legendary Texas Cafe – we’re real glad you’re here!
In 1949 Viola Burke transformed the old saloon into the Spring Cafe, which soon became famous for its hand-formed hamburgers. The Spring Cafe developed into a “home away from home” for the railroad workers who just couldn’t get enough of Viola’s juicy burgers. One local railroad sub-contractor said that every trainman he ever picked up had been to the Spring Cafe. Local legend has it that hungry railroad workers routinely jumped off their slow-moving trains as they passed the Spring Cafe to grab a burger from the waiting Viola before hopping back aboard the still moving train!
Viola’s daughter, Irma Ainsley, continued the Spring Cafe tradition continuously until Scott and Brenda Mitchell purchased it in 1982. At the request of the Wunsche family, Scott and Brenda restored it to its original glory and original name. A year later they re-opened, serving classic Texas Cafe cuisine – featuring the same great burgers, an incredible chicken fried steak, and they introduced live Texas music to Spring!