Every time time Pops and I head south from Dallas or Fort Worth we travel Route 35. There is a Petro truckstop along that route that used to be called Willie's Place.
It used to belong to the country singer, Willie Nelson. But years ago he was in trouble for tax evasion. His accountants were not paying his taxes so he had to sell all his assets to pay the back taxes.
In 2008, Nelson reopened Willie's Place, a truck stop in Carl's Corner, Texas. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court allowed Nelson to invest in it. The establishment had about 80 employees and was used as a concert hall with a bar and a 1,000 square feet (93 m2) dance floor. It closed in 2011 after defaulting on a loan, leading to foreclosure and bankruptcy.[
Willie's Place was sold at auction to Petro parent company TravelCenters of America in early March, following a foreclosure suit.
The truckstop and entertainment complex, situated on 15 acres off of I-35, was named after legendary country singer Willie Nelson. It officially opened in early 2009, featuring 12 fueling lanes for tractor-trailers plus a wide-load island; two restaurants; a convenience store; a saloon; a gift shop; and a 500-seat theater for live music performances. According to published reports, it had never turned a profit. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but the bankruptcy court allowed a creditor to foreclose on the operation.
President Carl Cornelius founded the town of Carl's Corner in the late 1980s to house Carl's Corner Truck Stop, and co-founded Willie Nelson Biodiesel Co. in 2004 with longtime friend Nelson to distribute BioWillie fuel.