International Beer Day is a great time to check out WHAT’S UP with Fort Worth’s now famous ALE TRAIL. From a local nano brewery, to a nationally recognized brewery that produces over 20,000 barrels of beer a year, the Fort Worth Ale Trail will introduce you to a vibrant, diverse group of breweries that are helping redefine the character of our city, one tasty pint at a time. Take the weekend…You deserve it!
You do not have to “Do the Trail” to enjoy our great breweries. Take your time and enjoy any one of them at your own pace, and in whatever cool part of town tickles your taste buds at the time.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Comptroller encourages all taxpayers to continue practicing social distancing and support Texas businesses while saving money on tax-free purchases of most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100) during the annual Tax-Free weekend. Qualifying items can be purchased tax free from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas. In most cases, you do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate to buy qualifying items tax free.
This year’s sales tax holiday begins Friday, Aug. 7, and goes through midnight Sunday, Aug. 9.
The sales tax exemption applies only to qualifying items you buy during the sales tax holiday. Items you buy before or after the sales tax holiday do not qualify for exemption, and there is no tax refund available.
To promote social distancing, the Texas Comptroller’s office wants all taxpayers to know that during the Tax-Free Weekend, you can buy qualifying items online or by telephone, mail, custom order or any other means (including in-store purchases) tax free, when either
A seller accepts an order when the seller has acted to fill the order for immediate shipment.
An order is filled for immediate shipment regardless of whether the shipment is delayed due to a backlog of orders or because stock is currently unavailable to, or on back order by, the seller.
The Comptroller’s office urges all taxpayers buying certain qualifying items at their local retailers to practice appropriate social distancing as described in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines during the sales tax holiday.
If you pay sales tax on qualifying items during the sales tax holiday, you can ask the seller for a refund of the tax paid. The seller can either grant the refund or provide their customer with Form 00-985, Assignment to Right to Refund (PDF), which allows the purchaser to file the refund claim directly with the Comptroller’s office.
Provender Hall, the new American comfort food concept from restaurateur Chef Marcus Paslay (Piattello Italian Kitchen, Clay Pigeon), is officially open in Mule Alley at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Following the openings of Lucchese, MB Mercantile, American Paint Horse Association, and Simplifi, Provender Hall is the most recent tenant opening in the newly-renovated Mule Alley. With the opening of this highly anticipated signature restaurant, Paslay is helping modernize the district while honoring the historical past of the Fort Worth Stockyards.
“We’ve been looking forward to this opening since we first heard the concept, and we’re so excited to share Provender Hall with guests from Fort Worth and beyond. Provender Hall is one of the restaurants that makes Mule Alley so special and preserves our city’s rich history. The restaurant exemplifies what the Stockyards represents, a place that honors traditional western culture with modern innovation,” said Majestic Realty Co. Executive Vice President Craig Cavileer.
Provender Hall was named as a nod to the area’s historical and cattle-centric history and is modeled as a true Texas brasserie with a menu that spans from oysters on the half-shell and chicken gumbo to a buffalo tenderloin, with salads and sides such as crispy okra, braised greens and cheddar-cheese grits also on offer. Many of the dishes focus on the element of smoke, with live fire playing an important role. The supper menu includes a smoked chicken half-bird with chimichurri and grilled lemons, blackened shrimp and grits with a blistered tomato beurre blanc, and a smoked pork chop with a white-bean stew.
The spirited, two-story, near-5,000-square-foot lofted space features a greenhouse-like entry that gives way to a dignified bar. The first floor houses the open-air kitchen and offers dining options and spacious areas for diners to relax before or after the meal. On the second level is a large dining room enveloped in the barn’s signature rehabilitated bricks. Clerestory windows flood light throughout the two story restaurant with original elements such as the early 1900’s fire doors showcased throughout. The dining room is flanked by period details, including two catwalks that overlook the first floor. An expansive patio along the iconic Exchange Avenue will be open for patrons to dine on in the coming weeks.
“The opening of Provender Hall reflects an important milestone in the Fort Worth Stockyards’ new history and for the city of Fort Worth. This is a one-of-a-kind restaurant that guests will travel far and wide to visit for its unique cuisine, design, and experience. It is built to appeal to the discerning tastes of the locals and will be the new go-to place for your favorite night out with friends. From the design and historic setting to the perfectly executed menu and acclaimed chef, Provender Hall is exactly what we were hoping for as our flagship restaurant,” says M2G Ventures Co-Founder Jessica Miller Essl.
Marcus Paslay is cooking with Chef Scott Lewis, who also helms Piattello Italian Kitchen. Lewis takes on a new role with the opening of Provender Hall, overseeing kitchen operations at all of Paslay’s restaurants. Front-of-house operations will be steered by Kellen Hamrah, who also has a new role in managing bar and service for the three restaurants.
Provender Hall joins Shake Shack as the two eateries now open in Mule Alley. Guests can look forward to dining at The Biscuit Bar, Sidesaddle Saloon, and 97 West Kitchen in Bar at Hotel Drover in Mule Alley later this year.
Provender Hall is located at 122 E. Exchange Ave. and is open Sunday and Thursday, 4:30–9 p.m. and Friday/Saturday, 4:30–10 p.m., with upcoming lunch hours that will be announced shortly. For more information on Provender Hall, please visit https://www.provenderhall.com/ and for more information on Mule Alley and the Fort Worth Stockyards, please visit https://fortworthstockyards.com/.
ABOUT CHEF MARCUS PASLAY
Arlington, Texas, native Marcus Paslay opened Clay Pigeon in Fort Worth in 2013 to widespread critical acclaim. In January 2017, Paslay opened his second restaurant, Piattello Italian Kitchen, in Fort Worth’s Waterside development, to a similar reception. In 2018, Texas Monthly named it one of the Ten Best New Restaurants in Texas. Featuring in-season, house-made dishes—the core of his cooking philosophy—Paslay’s restaurants reflect his passion for good food and fine dining with a personal touch. Paslay graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, in 2006, and then honed his culinary skills at some of the finest restaurants across the country including the Four Seasons in Vail; Canlis in Seattle; Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose; and Neighborhood Services in Dallas.
ABOUT STOCKYARDS HERITAGE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY:
Stockyards Heritage Development Co. is a partnership between nationally recognized developer Majestic Realty Co. and Fort Worth’s Hickman Investments. Created with the intention of thoughtfully reimagining the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, the company is dedicated to preserving the National Historic District legacy while elevating it with experiences for locals and visitors from abroad. Accomplished through a public/private partnership with the City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, the project’s first phase, Mule Alley, broke ground in the fall of 2018 to include the renovation of the destination’s historic,100-year-old horse and mule barns into a street of curated shops, restaurants, retail and office spaces. The project also includes the ground-up development of the area’s first four-star Marriott Autograph Collection boutique hotel and rustic resort, Hotel Drover, which is set to open later this year.
We love our city, and we love our amazing annual festivals. 2020 has been a tough year for a lot of reasons, but one of those is watching our friends make tough decisions to postpone our favorite annual events. As we’ve come to expect from the amazing team at Near Southside, lemons are actively being transformed into lemonade as we try to make the best of the year of the pandemic. This just in from Near Southside:
Near Southside, Inc. Members, Partners and Friends –
In the time since our spring outdoor event cancellations, we’ve been assessing prospects for upcoming events including ArtsGoggle, PARK(ing) Day, and the remainder of the Friday on the Green season. We know that you have also been thinking about these important Near Southside community events and that for many of you they are not only a beloved annual tradition, but also a means of income.
We’ve monitored conditions, taken guidance from public health officials, and consulted with our production partners for many months. There is little clarity in what public health conditions will be in the late summer and early fall for events that require planning and financial investment many months prior to their date. As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise locally, it’s clear that a return to normal life isn’t likely to happen soon.
With an abundance of caution for your safety, today we are announcing the cancellation of our remaining 2020 outdoor community events including ArtsGoggle, PARK(ing) Day, and the September and October Friday on the Green concerts. We’re disappointed that we aren’t sharing better news, but we remain hopeful that we will return for a dynamo 2021 season.
Despite the cancellations, the fall still offers exciting opportunities for our Near Southside community. Below, we’re sharing new projects planned in lieu of our regular programming with artists remaining front and center.
Again, we want to thank all of you for the incredible Near Southside spirit we see on display everyday as you face challenges of all kinds. We’re here to help you in any way we can so that we make it through these tough times together. Let’s stay strong and all do our best to keep each other healthy!
Your friends at NSI,
If you would like to embrace the spirit of Friday on the Green this year, we encourage you to find opportunities to support local musicians, sound engineers, makers and food entrepreneurs. They are undoubtedly vulnerable as the city experiences wide-scale event postponements and cancellations, and we are dedicated to remaining their partner and advocate during these difficult times.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
In April, we established the Southside Culinary Arts Retail Entertainment and Service Fund to provide $250 relief grants to Near Southside creatives, gig and service workers that are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Since launching, the fund has received broad support from the Near Southside community. To date, our generous donors have raised over $140,000 and issued more than 540 grants to those in need. WOW!
However, as of today demand now exceeds capacity
and those who apply are being waitlisted for help.
With another round of mandated closures for bars, breweries, and events, many in our community are in urgent need of financial assistance.
YOUR DONATION IS URGENTLY NEEDED
Please help us keep the Southside C.A.R.E.S. Fund operating.
Donate via PayPal phone app @southsidecares or at wegetbytogether.com.
Our annual participation in PARK(ing)
Day is a part of a global event that turns everyday on-street parking spaces into one-day parks, playgrounds, patios and people spaces. This year’s global event is planned for Friday, September 18 but
we have decided it is best to sit this year out. Fortunately, parklets will still call the Near Southside home this year.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
Near Southside restaurants and retailers currently face limited occupancy indoors, so in partnership with the City of Fort Worth, we have helped to establish a City-led temporary Parklet Program. Now central city businesses with nearby on-street parking can reserve parking zones as patio expansion areas for up to six months. The program increases the footprint of vulnerable businesses and offers diners and patrons a safer outdoor experience. Parklets can be as elaborate as the structures you’ve seen at PARK(ing) Day events or a simple as a few outdoor tables with traffic protection. Not all business will participate, but we have heard from many who are interested and planning to apply. For details, click here to learn more about the Parklet Program. Please encourage your favorite street-side businesses to participate.
There is a lot to consider when planning ArtsGoggle: the artists, musicians, food vendors and production partners that depend on this event for their livelihoods; the huge economic boost that it offers our district’s retailers and restaurants; the tens of thousands of faithful friends who enjoy the event every year as patrons; and our organization’s focus on making art and culture a priority in the Near Southside.
But above all, we must first consider the health and safety of everyone involved. We aren’t confident today that we can produce the traditional ArtsGoggle program and ensure safety to our partners and patrons. So, with great care and thought, we must cancel ArtsGoggle 2020.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
“My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon.”
– Mizuta Masahide (17th century Japanese poet and samurai)
We’re mixing up a big pitcher of Southside lemonade! If we can’t hold our annual one-day, no holds barred, celebration of arts and culture then we will hold a one-month virtual version good enough to become an annual tradition.
ARTober (Art+ October = ARTober) planning is underway for a month of virtual experiences that advance the arts and cultural assets of the Near Southside. We have a long list of ambitious ideas ready for feasibility vetting, but here is a preview of what we have in mind:
Near Southside is working with Minneapolis-based nonprofit development group Artspace to study the feasibility of building a Near Southside Creative Incubator project that would provide housing and workspaces for artists and other creative sector workers, as well as space for anchor arts organizations and early stage creative businesses. This project could help shape a new future for Fort Worth’s creative community by addressing pressing needs such as affordable housing and workspaces for Near Southside artists, while delivering an innovative project unlike any in Fort Worth.
In October, we will host a series of virtual focus group discussions, led by Artspace, that will engage a diverse set of leaders from the creative, philanthropic, financial, civic, and development sectors, to assess our community assets and needs, solicit ideas, and discuss potential paths for collaboration and involvement toward a goal of bringing the project to reality.
We would model best practices in development approach and program, as tested by Artspace through dozens of projects they’ve developed or assisted across the country. If you would like to learn more about Artspace, please visit their website www.artspace.org.
As construction continues on Saigebrook Development’s Everly Plaza age-specific affordable housing project on 8th Avenue, their team has generously partnered with Near Southside to utilize the premium ground-floor retail as a community art space when the building opens. The project will still be under construction in October, but the month will usher in big vision when the TCU College of Fine Arts graduating design students take on the branding of this space as their senior project. Under the direction of instructor Jan Ballard, Near Southside will review several concepts before making a final selection. We look forward to sharing the new branding with you by the end of year.
Planning is important, and the efforts above will be landmark in their time, but we also will use October to take action in support of artist and cultural creators. Repurposing our tools for ArtsGoggle, such as the digital guide, social media channels, and strong small business partnerships in the district, we are confident that we can offer artists, musicians, and food entrepreneurs important exposure and sales opportunities during October. While it isn’t the one-day sales bonanza we typically enjoy, online “events” and shopping can offer promotion and bolster income for businesses and creatives.
ArtsGoggle started when Near Southside storefronts offered to host artists indoors, so we’re embracing the past for this year’s ARTober programming. Storefronts that remain open to customers, with an emphasis on those that are carefully monitoring occupancy and social distancing mandates, are still perfect partners for artists. This year, Near Southside will return to the role of matchmaker and work to pair business owners with artists to display artwork in October and possibly through the holidays. This partnership will benefit both parties by keeping our local makers and businesses in the public eye. Stay tuned for details in the coming days.
ART PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
In June, our organization and an incredible group of leaders comprising our Cultural District Designation Committee chaired by JO superstar Jennifer Henderson, submitted an impressive application to the Texas Commission on the Arts to formally recognize the Near Southside as a state cultural district. As part of the submission, the committee used public feedback to draft a cultural district plan, marketing plan, and new branding for the effort. Now, we eagerly await approval with an announcement expected in late October. This effort further positions and protects art, artists and cultural experiences as the center of the Near Southside’s history and future vision.
ARTober = STUDY + SPACE + PROMOTION + PARTNERSHIP + A PLAN
We were thrilled when we heard about the reopening of Near Southside’s Taste Community Restaurant, a “pay what you can afford” culinary experience designed to help feed and serve Tarrant County’s food insecure population. The food is outstanding, and we highly recommend a visit. This week we learned that Taste has opened their patio — doubling their occupancy and bolstering Near Southside’s already strong patio offerings. Here’s the deets.
Taste Project announces today the opening of the outdoor patio at Taste Community Restaurant. The space doubles the restaurant’s limited occupancy by providing an additional 8 dining tables each spaced 6 feet apart.
“We want to be sure everyone in our community has a place to go for a healthy meal,” says Jeff Williams, Founder and Executive Director. “With the current health and economic crisis, food insecurity is on the rise. Making space for our community allows us to feed, educate, and serve more people, so they may ‘…taste and see the Lord is good’ (Psalm 34:8).”
Earlier this month, Taste Project announced that closure was not an option and declared Taste Community Restaurant ‘Open for Good’. And today, our community continues to connect one meal at a time.
“Yay! Another reason to come visit!” says Tracy. “You know how to do it, so that it’s very inviting!” says Lorna.
Taste Community Restaurant is the first project of the Taste Project organization. It is designed to help feed, educate, and serve Tarrant County’s food insecure population, a total of 13.9 percent of Tarrant County’s overall community (Feeding America, 2018).
Taste’s solution is a fresh and healthy pay-what-you-can restaurant where everyone in the community regardless of financial means can enjoy a healthy, high quality meal, made from seasonal ingredients from the surrounding area. The menu has no prices. Guests are asked to:
Pay what you can afford;
Pay what you would typically pay; or
Pay what you would typically pay, plus a little extra to help a neighbor in need.
You can join the community at Taste Community Restaurant. The outdoor patio is open for lunch Tuesdays – Sundays (Closed on Mondays).
Taste Community Restaurant
1200 South Main Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Open Tuesdays – Sundays (Closed Mondays)
11:00am – 2:00pm
About Taste Project
Taste Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit established to feed, educate, and serve our community so they may “…taste and see the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8. We believe everyone should have access to healthy nutritional food. Our vision is to see our community become the solution to the challenges our community faces as it relates to hunger. Our first project, Taste Community Restaurant at 1200 South Main Street in Fort Worth, focuses on healthy, quality meals made from fresh ingredients. Our menu has no prices. This is a give and take concept. We ask guests to do one of the following: 1) pay what you can afford, 2) pay what you would typically pay, or 3) pay what you would typically pay, plus a little extra. To learn more, visit us at www.tasteproject.org or find us on Facebook.