Victory Grill Mural
Austin soul songstress Lavelle White, Victory Grill founder Johnny Holmes, and pianist Roosevelt “Grey Ghost” Williams have graced the side of legendary restaurant and music venue Victory Grill since the traveling Trust Your Struggle artist collective painted the mural on the side of the legendary cafe and music venue in 2008.
Victory Grill — so named because it opened on the day Japan surrendered in World War II — was intended as a place where returning black soldiers, as well as locals, could enjoy the nightlife of segregated Austin.
It quickly became a music venue go-to for popular, traveling acts, including James Brown, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Etta James, Billie Holliday, Bobby Bland, Tina Turner, and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. As one of the few remaining original nightclubs on the “Chitlin’ Circuit” of the 1950s, Victory Grill established Austin as a music destination, and cemented East Austin as a center for black culture in the city. The mural commemorates that musical and cultural history.