Iconic Fort Worth Stockyards Undergo a $175 Million Revamp: City’s Most Exciting Hotel, an Elegant Barn and a Shake Shack On TapBY Natalie Gempel // 08.10.18
Hotel Drover, an Autograph Collection Hotel, is set to open in the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Mule Alley will house hot restaurants, shopping, work spaces, and more.
Other than the Alamo, it’d be hard to find a place as Texas-y as the Fort Worth Stockyards. The iconic district is rich with history and western charm. Now, a $175 million renovation is bringing major changes to the neighborhood and its storied buildings.
The Stockyards Heritage Development Company, a partnership between Majestic Realty Co. and The Hickman Companies, has unveiled big plans for the future of the Stockyards – without erasing its interesting past.
“We knew from the moment we first visited the district over 20 years ago that this was a rare gem… a place people from all over the world visit for a taste of Texas and the West,” Craig Cavileer, executive vice president of Majestic Realty Co./Stockyards Heritage Development Company, says in a statement. “That’s a tall order as a developer, but also an inspirational one.
“We have never taken it lightly.”
The company is ushering in a new era of the Stockyards with the renovation of the historic Horse and Mule Barns, as well as improvements to the Stockyards’ Exchange Avenue. The area will become a bustling hotspot with new restaurants, shopping, office spaces and live entertainment venues, anchored by a four-star boutique hotel.
Hotel Drover, a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel, is expected to open in spring 2020. Could this be The Adolphus of Fort Worth?
The Texas-inspired property will feature 200 rooms and suites, 15,000-square-feet of meeting space, and (of course) a dramatic, elegant barn for events. We have a feeling rustic-chic weddings are set to make a comeback in North Texas…
Also slated for the development are Second Rodeo Brewing Co., a brewpub-meets-music-hall from the team behind Dallas’ Truck Yard; Fort Worth’s first Shake Shack; MB Mercantile & Supply, an artisanal general store and eatery; and RFD-TV headquarters and studios.
If all goes well, the renovation will only help the Fort Worth Stockyards become more Texan. If that’s possible.