Best Once And Future Landmark

Wheeler's Firehouse

Usually news that real estate developers have bought a beloved Austin landmark spells doom, but not when you're talking about the restaurant formerly known as Mad Dog and Beans. "I put on my freshman 15 right here," admits new owner Matthew Wheeler. Established in 1968, the beloved greasy spoon has a new coat of paint and new name, but the menu has stayed intact. They even have 10 beers on tap now, and will be reinstituting the traditional cookies `n' cream milkshake this fall. For those of us who grew up on the rickety porch slurping oreos through a straw, it's a relief to find that some things never change.

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