Mule Alley will open 10 new concepts at the Stockyards. (Courtesy of Mule Alley)
Hotel Drover will be the anchor of the restored area.
Lucchese Bootmaker will open its first custom boot shop at Hotel Drover.
The Biscuit Bar is moving into Mule Alley.
Shake Shack will open its first Fort Worth location at the alley.
Restoration of the historic Horse and Mule Barns at the Fort Worth Stockyards District has begun. Mule Alley, a project launched by Stockyards Heritage Development Co., brings new stores, restaurants and entertainment venues. Several new shops and potential foodie hotspots set to open this winter have just been revealed.
There are 10 new concepts coming to the Stockyards in all.
First up, legendary western maker Lucchese Bootmaker has signed on for two stores. One will be a retail showcase on Exchange Avenue and the other is a first-ever custom boot shop in the lobby of Hotel Drover, which will open in the fall of 2020. This will be one of only seven locations of the Western icon, as the company is extremely particular about where it chooses to showcase its wares.
At the new four-star boutique hotel, there will also be a hand-curated artisan shop called Little White Lies. It’ll feature a feminine yet rustic flare with a special collection of edited apparel, jewelry, bags, travel accessories and gifts.
An original retail concept from Stockyards Heritage, Mule Alley will house MB Mercantile & Supply. Inspired by the very first general stores, it aims to offer must-have goods for visitors and locals. The interior is filled with rustic fixtures, vintage finds and nostalgic wares that meet modern goods. A mix of gifts, home accents, apothecary, stationary, confections, artisan and handmade goods will be available.
Mule Alley will also have tons of food and drink options. Chef Marcus Paslay, owner of Piattello Italian Kitchen, is working on a modern take on an experiential American steakhouse. Shake Shack has plans to open later this year. And Second Rodeo Brewing Co. by Jason Boso will be joining these with an on-site brewing destination with casual dining and live music.
The Biscuit Bar is also bringing its comfort biscuit concoctions to the alley. Sidesaddle Saloon, a shotgun style, craft cocktail bar from Neon Light District Hospitality Group (Taco Heads, Tinie’s) will pay homage to the spirit of the American Cowgirl with Texas-style tapas. Buckaroo Banana will serve frozen banana treats on a stick dipped in chocolate in a tricked-out horse trailer. And Deputy Doggie is a Texas-style hot dog shop with recipes created by Drover’s executive chef Jenna Kinard.
A Grand Opening of Mule Alley will take place in mid-January. In celebration of the 130th anniversary of the Stockyards, opening events will also celebrate the rebirth of the area as well as its history.