As he talked to other friends and enthusiasm mounted, partners surfaced. Don Wayneo, Vise Grip and Double D, threw their dreams into the mix and Loose Wheels, Texas began to take shape. Their life experiences, varied talents and accumulated wisdom, created a new and exciting concept in “honkytonkism".
In 2005, He and his partners bought the surrounding 143 acres with plans to hold large events on the property.
In the meantime, while dreaming up the new building, with a lot of help from his friends Vice Grip, Wingnut and Lockwasher, Buddy built the Belchfire (aka the iconic giant motorcycle in front of Loose Wheels). It took lots of time, beer, scrounging and scratching to build. This work of art is a sight to see.
Buddy called on more old friends, Lu and Jo, to help with the paperwork, licenses and business planning. The girls created a timeline and applied for necessary permits and such. Weekly meetings were conducted to keep the project on track. What was originally going to be a small building became quite large.
A long, long, time ago in a land far away, (okay not really far away) Buddy opened Lucile's, the "Best Damn Honky Tonk in Texas". It was unique in decor, atmosphere, entertainment and clientele. Many incredible musicians found a home and a voice there. People traveled from near and far to party at Lucile's and make memories.
One night after closing, a fire erupted and Lucile’s burned to the ground. Unfortunately, the old building was uninsured and was not rebuilt.
About the same time, Buddy acquired a radar tower from the old Perrin Air Force base. That tower was kept in pieces for 30+ years on a wooded hilltop south of Denison, but Buddy always planned to build a little BBQ joint under it someday.
Fast forward to 2004, Buddy dug out the pieces of the tower now tangled in vines and small trees. He put it back together much like an Erector Set with no instructions. They had to fabricate a few parts and call in a crane to set it 18 ft down into the ground.
Loose Wheels, Texas opened in August of 2007. It is not located within any city limits, and is considered a county location. Grayson County is a “dry” county therefore in order to sell alcohol it was necessary to obtain a “Private Club” license. This requires all who enter to become “members.” There is no membership fee. With the latest license update, a membership is valid for 99 years.
We sign in hundreds of new members each week. Through the years we have signed in over 100,000 members. Currently, they come from 42 different countries and all 50 states.
Our mission is to provide a safe, laid back, place for grown-ups to relax, eat delicious food, listen to live music and enjoy friendly good service.