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New Stockyards complex corrals boots, biscuits, and bananas for Mule Alley

New Stockyards complex corrals boots, biscuits, bananas for Mule Alley

Mule Alley rendering, Fort Worth Stockyards
Get your hats and boots ready. Rendering courtesy of Stockyards Heritage Development Co.

Making good on its promise to evolve the legacy of the Fort Worth Stockyards, Stockyards Heritage Development Co. has signed on a round of new tenants coming to the Mule Alley complex in winter 2019. They will include a famous bootmaker, a biscuit restaurant, a banana stand, and more.

According to a release, here's what's coming:

Lucchese Bootmaker, a luxe Western maker and retailer, will open two stores in the area — a 2,000-square-foot retail showcase on Exchange Avenue, and a first-ever custom boot shop in the lobby of the Hotel Drover. "The Mule Alley store will be one of only seven existing locations for the Western icon, a company that is extremely careful about choosing appropriate locations to showcase their wares," the developers say in the release. The Hotel Drover, slated to open in the fall of 2020, will house the country’s first Lucchese Collection store, an 800-square-foot luxury flagship offering custom-fit apparel and made-to-order boots with no pre-stocked inventory on hand. Guests will experience bespoke fashion and boot making uniquely crafted just for them and be able to purchase accessories that can only be found in this store," they say​.

The Biscuit Bar, a fast-casual concept with a menu centered around biscuits that was founded by husband-and-wife Jake and Janie Burkett, will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. They'll offer biscuits, tots, and beer on tap, all with Southern charm. Customers at The Biscuit Bar at Mule Alley, 122 E. Exchange Ave., will be served scrumptious scratch-made biscuits with variety of unexpected toppings along with biscuit sandwiches, a playful selection of tater tots, and special craft cocktails on tap. They promise to be rustic and to "keep it dusty."

Buckaroo Banana, a tricked-out horse trailer, will serve up frozen banana treats on a stick. They'll be dipped in warm chocolate with a wide choice of toppings. "Your little buckaroos and cutie cowgirls are sure to love this one," promises the release.

Deputy Doggie, another horse trailer concept, will hand out innovative Texas-style hot dogs created by Jenna Kinard, executive chef at Hotel Drover.

Sidesaddle Saloon, a shotgun-style, craft cocktail bar is coming from partners Sarah Castillo, Christian Lehrmann, and Glen Keely, the team behind Taco Heads and Tinie’s Mexican Rotisserie. "Sidesaddle pays homage to the spirit of the American cowgirl, and guests can expect curated cocktails and Texas-style tapas in a rustic-modern, brick-walled, neo-saloon setting," they say.

Little White Lies, a distinctive artisan shop with a feminine, rustic flare will open inside the Hotel Drover. "The boutique will feature a special collection of edited apparel, jewelry, bags, travel accessories, and gifts in pale shades and beautiful hues that reflect its intriguing name and ethereal, interior ambience," the release says.

MB Mercantile & Supply is an original retail concept from Stockyards Heritage. "Inspired by the earliest general stores, MB Mercantile will offer a carefully selected mix of charming, must-have goods that will satisfy both Stockyards’ visitors and Fort Worth locals," the developers say. "A uniquely dramatic interior filled with rustic fixtures, vintage finds, and a balance of nostalgic wares meeting modern goods will set the stage." Think gifts, home accents, apothecary, stationery, confections, artisan, and handmade goods.

Mule Alley will begin to host opening celebrations in November, with special grand opening events scheduled during the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo in mid-January 2020. "In tandem with the 130th anniversary of the Stockyards, the opening events will celebrate the monumental rebirth of the area as well as its unforgettable history," the developers say.

Check the website for more information about openings and preview events.