“Every herd going up the trail stopped here in Fort Worth to replenish supplies. After selling their herds, the drovers would stop here once again to spend their hard-earned money. Because of Fort Worth’s significance to the cattle drives, our city earned its most enduring nickname, Cowtown.”
The Fort Worth Herd continues to share Fort Worth's history with millions of visitors each year. Next door, several restaurants, bars and retail spaces are telling a new story as part of the Mule Alley development.
Early July is the expected opening date of chef/restaurateur Marcus Paslay’s third restaurant, Provender Hall. Paslay is known locally as the chef and owner of acclaimed restaurants Clay Pigeon Food & Drink and Piattello Italian Kitchen. Provender Hall will feature classic Texas dishes that are prepared using traditional techniques. Think wood-fired smokers and grills to ensure that smoked meats, chicken fried steak and other dishes retain clean flavor profiles. Guests can expect genuine hospitality and dishes that put quality ingredients first.
SECOND RODEO BREWING CO.
Second Rodeo Brewing Co. is one of three collaborations between restauranteur Jason Boso and brewer Justin Meyers. The 1,400-square-foot space, which features a retractable glass roof, will host on-site brewing, casual dining and live music. Meyers is currently head brewer at By the Horns Brewing in Mansfield. The St. Louis native brewed for three years in Munich, Germany, and now lives in Fort Worth.
The beer list is being finalized, but plans include brews that pay tribute to iconic craft breweries like Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Anchor Brewing Company. Meyers has an impressive brewing resume, and his beers will certainly make the Stockyards a destination for hopheads and beer lovers. The brewpub is still in the early stages of construction.
El Paso-based Lucchese Bootmaker has a new retail store on East Exchange Avenue. If you are a cowboy boot novice, the staff will explain the basics of cowboy shoewear in a friendly and easy-to-understand manner. The legendary bookmakers have a wide range of styles and exotic animal skins to choose from. Many of the boots fall within a reasonable budget so leave room in your luggage to take a few pairs home.
Hotel Drover is set to open this October. The rustic luxury hotel will feature 200 rooms and suites, 97 West Kitchen & Bar headed by local chef Jenna Kinard, meeting spaces, outdoor walking spaces, fire pits and a wedding barn.
MB MERCANTILE & SUPPLY
This charming emporium is a must-try for anyone visiting Mule Alley. Find yourself pleasantly lost among the antique cameras, old-timey candies, toys and apparel that abound in the store. Many of the products can be found only found at MB Mercantile & Supply.
Construction is underway at Sidesaddle Saloon, the winebar co-owned by Taco Heads proprietor Sarah Castillo. The restaurant owner has learned from past work in the local service industry that visiting and local cowboys and cowgirls enjoy a fine glass of wine as much as whiskey and beer. The winebar will pay homage to the spirit of the cowgirls of past and present.