Celebrity Chef Tim Love’s New Concert Hall Opens in Fort Worth – Your First Look at Tannahill’s
Fort Worth Chef Tim Love is known for his string of restaurant and restaurant successes. Love even added the hotelier to his resume with the opening of Hotel Otto last year. This is a container hotel located near the royalty behind Love’s Gemelle restaurant. Now, Love’s new live music venue called Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall is set to open this Friday, October 7 at Fort Worth Stockyards.
The new concert hall, restaurant and private event space are located in the historic Horse and Mule Barns of Stockyards’ Mule Alley redevelopment. (PaperCity Fort Worth first wrote about Tannahill’s last February plans.)
The first band to take to the venue’s brand new stage and put the Tannahill Tavern and Music Hall’s state-of-the-art audio and lighting through their paces will be Friday’s opening band, Love & Chaos. They will be followed by the main act – Austin’s bluesy rock band Arc Angels.
Fort Worth already has large-scale gigs covered with Dickies Arena. All the big names in music have apparently stopped by Fort Worth in recent years. In Paul McCartney’s case, it was his only concert in the entire state of Texas. Cowtown’s more intimate live music scene is also thriving at places like the Magnolia Motor Lounge, Lola’s Saloon and the Post at River East. But what about attracting those mid-range artists and a mid-size venue?
This is the void that Tannahill plans to fill. It provides a modern lounge space designed to accommodate up to 1,000 spectators.
Love, who named this new music mecca after his son, has cemented his Stockyards’ presence over the past 21 years. It now has the original Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, White Elephant Saloon, Love Shack, Atico and two new Mule Alley additions at Paloma Suerte and Caterina’s, its intimate Italian restaurant, which is located directly opposite Tannahill’s.
Now love tells PaperCity more in this exclusive interview:
PaperCity: As a restaurateur, caterer and now hotelier at Hotel Otto, cooking and hospitality are in your blood. What drew you to the entertainment arena with this new music hall showcase?
Tim Love: I’ve always dreamed of having a place that merges my love of live music and food.
Over the years, I’ve cultivated a relationship with Live Nation, and we’ve partnered in this endeavor to bring the Fort Worth community the concert hall it’s been missing. One with a variety of high quality acts across multiple musical genres in an intimate and elevated setting.
PC: Why does Fort Worth crave more live music?
To like: I have spent over 20 years building businesses in the Stockyards and am so proud of how it has grown into a thriving center of commerce and culture. The people of Fort Worth love live music and I wanted to create a venue with diverse programming to attract music fans from across the city and beyond to come to the Stockyards.
The Mule Alley redevelopment is the perfect location for this kind of 1,000 capsule concert hall and Live Nation is best in class. We’re super excited to have already been able to bring live performers to Fort Worth who could have gone to Dallas or Austin instead.
PC: I know that you have been more and more involved in design during your last openings (Gemelle, Atico and Caterina). Describe the Tannahill space and its design. What atmosphere are you looking for?
To like: When I opened Lonesome Dove 22 years ago, we actually couldn’t afford a designer – and we built the space ourselves. This has been a theme over the years. Architects and designers play a key role in helping us create amazing spaces, but we bring a lot of creative direction and big picture vision.
With Gemelle, Atico and Caterina’s, we have contributed more from a design perspective, as we have a better understanding of how spaces look and feel.
At Tannahill’s, I wanted to create a world-class venue that would make bands want to play that venue in that city. To do this, we have preserved the beautiful historic bones of this old mule barn for many generations to come. Our guiding philosophy is to focus on creating the best customer experience and a welcoming home for touring musicians.
It feels like the Stockyards, but now it is with amazing sound, light, sight lines and a variety of food and drink offerings.
PC: Tell me about the tavern part of the equation. What is on the menu?
Tannahill’s will offer a rich tavern-style menu with dishes like grilled oysters, crawfish fritters, smoked cauliflower, fried bologna sandwiches, wild boar sloppy joes and steak frites.
Your first look at Tannahill’s
Tim Love is a regular at music festivals like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. He also holds the title of Official Chef of Austin City Limits. So adding your own concert hall is not that much of a stretch.
Of course, Love knows food and drink even better. And Tannahill’s signature cocktails will be unveiled at the opening concert on Friday evening.
Most tickets at Tannahill’s are free seating and standing room only with pre-event dining and concert concessions. Love has also added three VIP suites for 20 people upstairs on the mezzanine, including a separate living room and private bar, all with views of the main stage. It stands ready to provide premium food and beverage packages, and can even arrange platinum packages including accommodation for spectators with the means.
When not hosting top bands, Tannahill’s will perform a full Clark Kent move. The 26,000 square foot space, designed by Studio 11 Design, will be transformed into an event venue. With the possibility of preparing multi-course menus for up to 500 people. Consider weddings, family reunions and other social and corporate functions.
Tannahill Tavern and Music Hall are finally here. Get ready to rock.