What makes a legend? Time, tradition, and people!

The history of The Back Porch goes back to the 1930s when the business was a pool hall owned by Harry Crow. In 1990, Jackie and Vicki Clayton began building what we know as The Back Porch (BP) today. The Clayton’s retired in 2022 and passed the torch to the Maxey family who have owned the Jucys group of restaurants since the 1980s. So…the legend continues.

Until the early 70s, the place was pool tables from front to back. Then, Bill Terrell and Walt Madison bought it and turned it into a sandwich shop; the venue quickly switched hands and became a Burgers and Fries under the ownership of Alvin Ords with some involvement from Ronny Maxey (yes, that is the same Maxey family of the current owners). Doyle Thomas, Karen Thomas, and Billy Holbrooke purchased it at this time, and The Back Porch was born. A fire in 1984 almost ended its life by destroying the building, but it was rebuilt and revived.

The logo says “Stage, Bar & Grill” for a reason. The Back Porch hosts live music most Fridays and Saturday nights with occasional performances on week days. It is known as one of the best venues in East Texas.

On the 15th of each month we will highlight a venue that supports the East Texas Music Scene.

Kate Kirby
Author: Kate Kirby

Kate Kirbys is a singer/songwriter, music educator, and content creator that is 1/2 of The Kirbys: are a husband wife songwriting and performing duo who also operate the Big Sandy Music Hall. The Kirbys also host TNL (Thursday Night Live), a weekly livestream featuring East Texas artists.