longest continuously owned barbeque restaurant was started in 1978 by
Dan Henderson and partners F.E. “Buck” Massey and
Elsie Dieterman. It was located at 1521 Wooded Acres Drive. Uncle
Dan’s Barbeque really started to flourish in 1980 when Dan
married Clara McNulty, a Baylor graduate and experienced restaurateur.
was a turning point in Dan and Clara’s life when they decided
to purchase Mr. Massey and Ms. Dieterman’s shares of Uncle
Dan’s. The succeeding years brought many new items to the
Uncle Dan’s lineup, including the now
“famous” Texas Tater, Smoked Turkey Breast, daily
fresh vegetables and fresh fruit salad. The late 1980’s also
brought off-premise catering and delivery to the Uncle Dan’s
1990, Uncle Dan’s expanded to 231 North Hewitt Drive in order
to more conveniently serve the populations of the Hewitt, Robinson and
Lorena areas. Hewitt’s drive-through window has been and
still is a big crowd-pleaser among Uncle Dan’s patrons.
1996, Dan and Clara bought the old Kelly’s Night Club
building at 1001 Lake Air Drive. After completely remodeling the
building and adding another drive-through window, Uncle Dan’s
made the move to its new permanent location in May of 1998.
2006, Uncle’s place at 1001 Lake Air Drive received a much
needed update! The outside of the building has had new awnings, new
paint, added windows, new “barn red” metal roofing,
and a new parking lot repair and refinish. Inside, ceiling fans have
been added throughout the restaurant. New table coverings and new
décor are convincing evidence that Uncle Dan’s is
going to continue to serve the Central Texas area for many years to
come. The parking lost at Uncle’s location in Hewitt received
repairs and refinishing and new striping. New landscaping and a new
sign have been added, also.
and Clara Henderson have three children; Heather Henry,
Henderson and Dan Henderson Jr., one grandson, Jackson Henry, and a
2006 Valentine’s Day granddaughter, Margaret Grace Henry.
Dan Jr. is actively involved in the business at this time.
In 2008, Dan Jr., graduated from the Conrad Hilton School of Hotel and
Restaurant Mgmt. (at the University of Houston), completed advanced
service training in a select Honors Program called Par Excellence.
Dan’s is proud to be a business in the Waco area and is
looking forward to many more years of serving Waco and the surrounding