my travels, I've ended up in some interesting places and restaurants with unusual themes. So far, this has been the first post office I've seen inside of a steakhouse.
Nestled in the heart of central Texas, Winchester is one of those blink-and-you'll-miss-it towns. An ice cream parlor, vintage shop and a few homes make up the center, just past the railroad tracks. If you keep going about a half a block more, you'll see cars lining the sides of the street, and hear boisterous noises coming from inside Murphy's Steakhouse.
Murphy's occupies a historic building that used to be the town's general store. Once inside, this place is Texas to the bone. The walls are covered in old signs from farm supply companies, used license plates and of course, longhorns. The staff is as warm and sunny as the hottest Texas afternoon and once inside, you can't help but have a great time even if you're just dropping off a package to be mailed. Rumor has it that the USPS wanted to close the Winchester branch and move it the nearby La Grange. Winchester's residents rallied to keep their home base open, and now the owners of the restaurant are also the town's postmasters, sorting mail between lunch and dinner shifts.
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