Stockyards/Mercado/Near Northside Development
Posted 28 April 2010 - 03:28 PM
Design changes sought for building in Fort Worth Stockyards
BY SANDRA BAKER
A city commission wants Fort Worth Stockyards developer Hickman Investments to consider some design changes on a proposed building that would be adjacent to the iconic Livestock Exchange Building before the board votes on the plan in May.
In particular, the city's Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission asked Hickman Investments in March to see whether it could place the 9,800-square-foot building farther back from the street. Some commissioners said they were concerned that the structure, which would be set back from Exchange Avenue by about 50 feet, could detract from the view of the 107-year-old exchange building, which is 100 feet back.
The building will go on a portion of a parking lot on the east side of the exchange building and in front of historic cattle pens, said Gary Brinkley, a representative of Hickman Investments. The cattle pens cannot be touched, he said, which is why the new building can't be set back farther.
Brinkley said many of the buildings on Exchange Avenue are not set back from the street at all.
"We've worked very hard and very diligently to make sure it fits in," he said.
The proposed building will mimic a frontier architectural style, featuring wood windows and shutters, and a wraparound porch, which does fit in in the Stockyards, according to a city report. The building, the report goes on to say, "will not adversely affect the character" of the Stockyards.
Hickman Investments plans to lease the building when it is completed. Brinkley said they'd like to complete the shell this year.
"This building will provide the owner some additional streams of revenue," he said.
Hickman Investments owns 81 of the 125 acres that constitute the Stockyards.
Few buildings have been built in the Stockyards in recent years. In November, Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que opened on Stockyards Boulevard, on the north side of Billy Bob's Texas, and AmeriSuites opened a hotel on Exchange Avenue in 2005, across from the proposed building site.
Brinkley said more than 2 million people visit the Stockyards annually.
SANDRA BAKER, 817-390-7727
Posted 28 April 2010 - 04:21 PM
Hill Country BBQ Arrives in Fort Worth
By ELVIRA SAKMARI
A little taste of Hill Country barbecue has come to the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Billy Bob's Texas is now home to Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que. An NBCDFW user sent in a photo of the new restaurant and praised not having to make the long drive to Llano for the famous BBQ.
The restaurant sits on the 20-acre Billy Bob's parking lot off North Main Street.
The restaurant features a covered patio where customers select their main course from the smokers before going inside to select their sides then sit and eat.
Construction on the 23,000 square-foot restaurant began last year and the restaurant opened in late January.
The Billy Bob's location is the restaurant's third location in Texas. Cooper's has a location in New Braunfels and has its original location in Llano.
Details magazine called Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que "the Best BBQ in America" and proclaimed it "insanely good."
I know that this place has been open for a couple months now, but I enjoy reading about businesses opening in Fort Worth's urban core and I'm sure others do also.
Posted 28 April 2010 - 08:05 PM
I have been to the new Cooper's a couple of times since it opened and I have really enjoyed the barbecue there.
Posted 29 April 2010 - 11:04 AM
Billy Bob's Texas - CMA Club of the Year
Posted April 08,2010
Billy Bob's Texas has been named the country music club of the year an amazing 10 times. Three times the CMA Club of the Year and seven times the ACM Club of the Year. There's rarely been a major country star who has not spent time on the main stage at Billy Bob's Texas. Performing on the main stage at Billy Bob's Texas is considered to be a right of passage for young stars on their way up and veterans of country music as well.
Posted 04 May 2010 - 11:34 AM
Los Alamos restaurant closes
Los Alamos, a fixture on North Main Street in Fort Worth for 54 years known for its menudo, closed its doors at 10 a.m. Sunday, when cooks and wait staff decamped after hearing that they might not get paid, co-owner Alfred Gallegos told the Star-Telegram. "We had planned to be open another few weeks," said Gallegos, 54, who ran Los Alamos with his older brother, Alex, 58. Both grew up in the restaurant begun by their late father, Alex, when the only nearby competition was Joe T. Garcia's. "Joe T.'s decided go Tex-Mex, and we chose to go ethnic -- home-style like a Mexican grandmother cooked -- and look what happened," he said. "Now, in this particular neighborhood, there's just too many Mexican restaurants competing for the same dollar." They plan to sell their building. -- Barry Shlachter
Posted 09 May 2010 - 03:56 PM
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