There’s always been good money in serving up good steaks to hungry folks in Texas and John Zentner’s famous steakhouse is no exception. While he started several successful steakhouses, his first well-known venture was the Lowake Inn in Concho County, where according to Zentner, folks came a long way because he sold the only cold beer between San Angelo and Fort Worth, and he had good steaks and burgers to go with it. While the Lowake Inn was a gathering place for locals in this small community, travelers passing through made sure The Inn was on their itinerary and not only did folks come by road, but also by air; a small airstrip within walking distance of the inn allowed pilots of small planes to come and go with ease. The Lowake Inn closed up shop in 1982, though the sign remains as a Concho County landmark. And for those wondering about ‘The Original’ in the name, another joint opened up not too far away with a similar name, and ‘The Original’ was added to help clear up any confusion.
Like all our designs, this one is treated with our signature ‘relic-ing’ process which includes our own secret recipe of hand-painted chipping, cracking, fading, and just the right touch of yellowing to ensure that it looks the part of a true vintage imprint.** We lay these works of art down on premium Next Level 3900 Premium Women’s tees, aka ‘the boyfriend tee, one of the softest, best-wearing women’s t-shirts available today. We utilize state of the art direct to garment (DTG) printing which allows us to create a vintage effect that simply can’t be accomplished with other printing methods. In short, these shirts are everything you’ve dreamed of and more – it feels soft and lightweight with just the right amount of stretch making it both comfortable and flattering while the feminine fit and shorter sleeves add a special touch to this classic missy cut tee.
Not sure what size is your best fit? We recommend taking one of your current t-shirts, laying it flat and measuring it. The measurements in the chart below are taken with the shirt laying on a flat surface. To get the length, measure from the high shoulder point down to the bottom of the shirt. To get the width, measure approximately 1-inch below the armhole, across the chest, from seam to seam. The Next Level 3900 is a fitted women’s t-shirt, so if you are looking for a roomier fit, we suggest going up a size or with the unisex Bella + Canvas 3001 we print our men’s t-shirts on as they are the same super soft ring-spun cotton that feels like an old favorite. While our tees are all made using premium, pre-shrunk, ring-spun cotton, there can be some shrinkage depending on your personal wash and dry cycles. With that said, if you’re on the fence, we always suggest going up a size.
*Heather colors are 90% ring-spun cotton and 10% poly. **Due to the nature of the printing process and different sizes of shirts offered, imprint position and scale may vary slightly from the product images, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible.