2009-04-23 / Front Page

Lexington Native and Austin Icon Dies

Sarah Ransom PHOTOS BY JAY JANNER, Austin American Statesman Sarah Ransom PHOTOS BY JAY JANNER, Austin American Statesman Lexington native Sarah Ransom, 95 years old, was known by her family and friends as "the meanest old bartender in Austin." She owned and operated the Dry Creek Café located on Mount Bonnell Road for 56 years and was an Austin icon. Sarah passed away on April 16 and will be buried in the Lexington Cemetery on Saturday, April 25, following a funeral service at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. Her son, Jay Reynolds, also of Lexington, now owns the legendary café that through the years has become a favorite watering hole for many people in Central Texas. When speaking of his mother, who was truly endeared by her clientele, despite her reputation as being a bully behind the bar, he said, "Everybody that came in here knew they were going to get yelled at for one reason or another. If you came downstairs wanting another beer, you'd better have an empty bottle with you or she'd yell at you to get out. She didn't like climbing the stairs to collect the empty beer bottles."

The old café and bar is a two-tiered roadhouse surrounded by million-dollar homes made popular over the years by serving ice-cold beer and having a tarpaper rooftop deck with a gorgeous sunset view and a scratchy jukebox.

The establishment even has a MySpace page that boasts friends that include some of the top County Western performers of all time, including Willie Nelson and the late Johnny Cash.

A full obituary is found in today's paper.

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