Michael Stern, in his Roadfood.com review of the Village Bakery in the town of West, TX, describes how Wendel Montgomery invented the kolache stuffed with a whole, intact sausage. The pastries are Wendel's take on klobasniki, Czech buns filled with ground sausage meat. The whole-sausage kolache can now be found far beyond the borders of the small town of West.
But what about kolache itself? How did that find its way to Texas? According to Gerald E. McLeod, writing for The Austin Chronicle, the Texas love affair with kolache also started with the Village Bakery. It was 1952 when Wendel and Georgia Montgomery opened the Village Bakery, said to be the first Czech bakery in the Lone Star State, and introduced kolache to the non-Czech inhabitants of Texas. The state legislature has since named West the Kolache Capital of Texas.