The Stockyards National Historic District is a window in time that reminds visitors and locals alike about our city’s rich cowboy and cattle history. With the pending opening of Mule Alley after extensive renovations, one of Fort Worth’s most important districts will be known for its modern amenities as much as for its historic past.
Special grand opening events organized by Stockyards Heritage Development Co. will commence as restaurants, retail shops and other venues begin coming online. If you’re wondering what is in store for the Stockyards, here are some highlights.
The Stockyards will soon be home to a posh wine and cocktail lounge that honors the American cowgirl when Sidesaddle Saloon opens this spring. Local restauranteur Sarah Castillo is heading up the project, which will feature ample wine offerings and portraits of pioneering cowgirls of the American West.
After years of serving visiting cowboys and cowgirls during the annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, Castillo knows that a long day of herding cattle and working a ranch deserves a fine glass of Chardonnay as often as it does a tumbler of whiskey. Construction of the saloon is slated to begin in November with a target opening date of January.
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 will host an on-site brewing, casual dining and live music. I met Meyers a few weeks ago at By the Horns Brewing in Mansfield. The St. Louis native brewed for three years in Munich, Germany, and now lives in Fort Worth. He said he was excited to bring Fort Worth its newest brewery.
He is finalizing beer selections, but he plans to serve beers that pay tribute to iconic craft beer 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.
When the dust settles, Mule Alley host a wide range of food, drinking and shopping options. Chef Marcus Paslay is heading an “experiential American smokehouse” while national chain Shake Shack plans to open its first 817 location nearby. Neon Light District, a shotgun-style cocktail bar, will be slinging superlative drinks this spring while The Biscuit Bar at Mule Alley plans to explore the endless possibilities of scratch-made biscuit dining. Buckaroo Banana will serve frozen banana treats from a tricked-out horse trailer, and Deputy Doggie promises innovative Texas-style hot dogs. Last but not least, the highly-anticipated Hotel Drover will welcome guests fall 2021.
With major opening events on the horizon, your best bet for keeping up is to visit fortworthstockyards.com for major announcements.