Austin Restaurant May Use Daniel Johnston Album Art to Expand Business

Deliveries will likely come via speeding motorcycles.
Deliveries will likely come via speeding motorcycles. Photo: mskogly's flickr

The owners of Thai Spice in Austin pay a licensing fee to the family of legendary singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston because of the mural depicting Johnston’s cover for “Hi, How Are You” that’s graced one of the corner restaurant’s exterior walls for the last twenty years. (You may also recognize Johnston’s cassette-tape art from its recurring role in Kurt Cobain’s wardrobe.) David Roberts says that in addition to paying for the upkeep of the mural, which is vandalized frequently, he’ll change the restaurant’s name to Thai, How Are You?. He hopes to seek an expanded licensing agreement with Johnston’s family and turn the business into a mini-chain. [Austin Business Journal]