Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Live Oak Bar and Grill --
Eclectic Adaptive Reuse:
To witness adaptive reuse in action, we visited the site of the soon to open Live Oak Bar & Grill in Near Southside Fort Worth.  For years, this building located on Lipscomb Street, served as a Lion's Club Hall.  Now, it is being redeveloped by Bill Smith into a multi-purpose building that may well become the revitalized heart of this sleepy district in Cowtown.

     The Vision:  The Live Oak Lounge will offer up a savory menu in a comfortable and cozy setting reminiscent of the historic building's 1950s founding.

Complete with full lunch and dinner menus, the lounge is only to be challenged by the brilliance of its adjacent bar offering assorted cocktails and lined with over 80 domestic, imported and craft beers.

      Just a quick trip down the hallway, folks will enter into one o
f the area's most highly advanced listening rooms. The Live Oak’s Music Hall will feature national touring artists, the hottest new acts to hit the scene, as well as D/FW’s bright local talent. With a state of the art sound system in place, the Music Hall promises an ideal setting for a wide range of genres.


  The rooftop patio offers a beautiful view of the Fort Worth skyline and a great setting for outside dining. All rooftop patio seating is accessed by an outside staircase.

     The Village on Magnolia:  The Live Oak Bar and Grill has become an anchor for the revitalization of the surrounding blocks.  Indeed, so many additional business are moving in beside and behind the Live Oak Bar and Grill that the area will resemble a small village.  These other complimentary businesses include Ryan's Grocery & Deli; a coffee and beer establishment named "Brewed;" a Latin American Seafood Restaurant, a Home Health Provider, and Hot Damn Tamales.  Collectively, these establishments will be know as "The Village on Magnolia."  When complete the Village should lend a vibrancy to this area that will attract regular patrons and the curious alike.

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