Mickey Gilley is re-entering the Pasadena club scene with a resurrection of his popular bar as the classic-country singer is currently in the early planning stages while working with Pasadena officials.
Over the past few months, Gilley has been updating his Facebook followers on plans to bring the beer hall back to this part of Texas. There are other Gilley’s locations in Dallas and Las Vegas.
The old Gilley’s opened in 1971 and hosted nearly every major country star in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Original Gilley’s memorabilia is still a big seller on eBay.
It’s best known to those outside of Texas as the backdrop for the John Travolta film “Urban Cowboy,” which was filmed around Pasadena and Houston.
The interior was gutted by fire in 1990. There is now a Pasadena ISD building on the property. Signs from the nightclub can be seen a few blocks away.
In his most-recent Facebook video, Gilley reached out to those who may want to invest in a 21st century Gilley’s concept. He didn’t give out a monetary goal or figure that it would take to get Gilley’s 2.0 off the ground.
If you are interested in participating in helping raise the money, he recommends you call Jeff McDonald at 1-800-GILLEY1, or 1-800-445-5391, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
McDonald, Gilley’s personal assistant, says that they are in the earliest planning stages, and they don’t yet have a rendering of how the new club will look.
“Originally Mickey wanted to find an investor he could lease out the name to, but then he decided to do it himself,” says McDonald.
Gilley couldn’t be reached for comment. He’s currently in Branson, Mo., performing at his own theater. He performs there four days a week, and comes back to Texas twice a month to attend to business affairs.
Gilley was on an episode of “American Pickers” recently, sifting through old club memorabilia from the club, including a mechanical bull.
McDonald said Gilley wants the new club to look much like it did in the old days, and will try to replicate the original interior with a modern twist.
Gilley and Pasadena mayor Johnny Isbell have been talking about Gilley’s returning to the city for some time.