Texas Roadhouse restaurant is offering a $1,000 gift certificate to its restaurants to anyone who can return Willie Nelson’s unofficial mascot, a stuffed armadillo named Ol’ Dillo.
“Willies’ a friend of ours and our company is offering a nice reward, a thousand dollar gift card, which will buy a lot of steaks, to help find Ol’ Dillo,” said Travis Doster, Senior Director of public relations for Texas Roadhouse.
Ol’ Dillo was stolen from The Capitol Theater in Port Chester after Nelson’s show there Sept. 19. Nelson, the theater, and now Texas Roadhouse are all on the hunt for his return. He belongs to a sound engineer and has been with the band for about three years. The Capitol Theater has released video footage of a woman taking Ol’ Dillo off the stage after Nelson’s show, but no one has come forward yet.
Nelson and armadillos are very important to the restaurant. All Texas Roadhouse restaurants also have a dedicated Willie’s corner and give out “Willie Braids,” a bandana with two braids hanging from it to look like Nelson. They also have an armadillo mascot, Andy Armadillo.
“We will do an armadillo exchange,” Doster said, offering an Andy Armadillo doll in exchange for the Ol’ Dillo.
All tips are anonymous, Doster said.
Read more about Ol’ Dillo’s disappearance here.
The closest Texas Roadhouse restaurants are in East Meadow, NY and West Haven, Ct. They are planning to open in Trump Tower in New Rochelle this November.