Pouring Glory

A new kind of filling station is coming to Fort Worth’s Near Southside, but for beer and barbecue, not gasoline.

Pouring Glory, a growler store and barbecue restaurant, has signed a lease to take over a building under renovation at 1001 Bryan Ave. a block north of Rosedale Street, the developer, Dak Hatfield, and restaurant co-owner, Kevin von Ehrenfried, confirmed Friday.

Hatfield, whose development credits include teaming up with partners to remake the Supreme Golf Warehouse and Magnolia May mixed-use spaces on the Near Southside, bought the historic building last year and has been renovating it.

Architect 97 W's rendering of the renovation underway at 1001 Bryan Ave.

Von Ehrenfried, who launched the Humperdinks brewpub in Arlington in 1995 and now serves as an operations executive for the company, says he’ll leave that post for the new venture.

“It’s time to make the leap of faith,” said von Ehrenfried, who said he’ll be in partnership with Scott Glover and their wives, Julia and JoAnn.

“Ideally, we’re going to do a couple of concepts in that area and help with the revitalization,” he said.

Developer Dak Hatfield, in front of a building at 1001 Bryan Ave. he is renovation on the Near Southside. Pouring Glory, a growler store and barbecue restaurant, has leased the space.

The project is across the street from another historic building that Hatfield and a partner, Andrew Blake, are renovating at 916 Bryan. The 10,000-square-foot space is designed as creative office.

“We’re probably three weeks away from finishing, and we are talking to multiple (prospective) tenants,” Hatfield said. He said he’s also under contract for a third property in the vicinity.

The 1943-vintage brick 1001 Bryan building had a club when Hatfield bought the property.

He’s replaced the roof, added a parking lot and new air and heat, demolished the interior and taken it back to the original brick, and removed the exterior paint and restored the original brick. He’s also adding new sidewalks, curb and gutter, trees, landscaping and street lights. The west wall facing Bryan will be replaced with two garage doors that can be opened in season, and a glass wall. 97 W in Fort Worth is the project architect.

Hatfield declined to say what he paid for the property or is investing in it. He said he’s talking to the Fort Worth South economic development nonprofit about potential reimbursement for the public infrastructure work.

“We’re going to spend more money on the public improvements than we’re going to end up being reimbursed,” Hatfield said.

Construction crews are renovating the space at 1001 Bryan for a growler store and restaurant.

Von Ehrenfried said the building will have seating inside for about 60 people, and seating outside for 30-45 people. It will have patios on the east and west sides, but the main patio will be on the east side, he said.

Consumers will be able to choose between 40 and 50 beers, Ehrenfried said. They can buy a growler on site and fill it up, or bring their own and fill them. The growlers, under state law, are for consumption only off site. On site, customers will be able to buy “tasters” and pints, von Ehrenfried said.

The food will set Pouring Glory apart from other growler stores, said von Ehrenfried, who’s filing for Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission permits next week and wants to open by late August or early September.

“The entire neighborhood is going to welcome this,” Hatfield said, adding he believes the project will help solidify that portion of the Near Southside.

Hatfield also is working on another project, a prominently located half-acre vacant site he and partner Ryan Dodson bought earlier this year 1455 W. Magnolia Ave.

The two have announced no plans yet.

“We’re looking at a lot of options on what that site wants to be,” Hatfield said. “We’re working closely with (neighboring) Fairmount and Fort Worth South to come up with the best possible project given the size of the property.”

Near Southside zoning allows additions of height for mixed-use and a parking garage.

“We’re still looking at all the options, but most likely, it’ll be more than one story,” he said.

What does Magnolia need most?

“What we really need on Magnolia, which will be really difficult until we get a cluster, is retail,” Hatfield said.

Developer Dak Hatfield and a partner, Andrew Blake, are renovating a building at 916 Bryan Ave. for use as a creative office space.

But the direction has to be determined by the market, he said. Dodson has done subdivisions, medical office, and restaurant development, including one with the Flying Fish and Twisted Root restaurants on East Abram Street in Arlington. He also did the South Street Patio event center in Arlington with Hatfield.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Hatfield said. “It’ll be a fun project in a fantastic location. I’m hoping we’ll have a way forward later this year,” with construction possibly to start early next year.


Photo Credits: Scott Nishimura

Rendering By: 97 W