Taste of the west
It’s been awhile since anything like Rebecca Meadors’ new business has been seen in these here parts.
Meadors’ Silver Saddle Saloon, a portal to the Old West, will open on the Houston Street side of the square next month, probably around the third week of February.
The Silver Saddle will look just like a saloon, she said. Imbibers of adult beverages will be able to play chess or checkers on painted barrel tables. An upstairs loft will feature billiards and an eight-man poker table.
But there will be something else unusual about Meadors’ business: it will also have an ice cream parlor.
The ice cream parlor will be at the front of the 2,800 square foot space, separated from the saloon by a wall.
Meadors plans to serve up at least 42 flavors of ice cream from popular Beth Marie’s Homemade Ice Cream, an old-fashioned ice cream soda fountain located on the south side of Denton’s town square.
It offers 120 flavors with such names as Raspberry Truffle, Turtle Torture, Wobbly Monkey, Jack and Coke and Texas Honey Whiskey.
Meadors hopes to eventually offer ice cream infused with local flavors, such as spirits from the Local Goat Distillery and even fries from Ketzler’s Schnitzel Haus and Biergarten, a German restaurant on the square.
“Believe it or not there is already a french fries-flavored ice cream,” she said.
Meadors stated that alcohol-infused ice cream can be safely consumed by children. The alcohol content is well below restrictions set by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, she said, and the TABC has tested and cleared the frozen treats for all ages.
Meadors said she has sold Beth Marie ice creams from a rustic ice cream cart during the Wine Walk and other events and sold out.
Employees at the saloon will wear wild west attire, she said.
The establishment will be open late on Fridays and Saturdays for the benefit of patrons attending performances at the Granbury Opera House and The New Granbury Live.
“The whole concept of the Silver Saddle Saloon is the experience,” said Meadors, who hopes to create “an engaging, fun atmosphere” that will draw locals as well as tourists.
She said the Silver Saddle will be a great place for husbands and kids to hang out while mom is shopping in surrounding boutiques.
By day, Meadors is a regional project manager for Guild Mortgage. She said that two managers will help her run her new enterprise.
The business will probably be closed on Mondays, Meador said. She plans for the Silver Saddle to be open until 11 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. There will be Sunday hours as well, from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.
The Silver Saddle will be available for private parties. In fact, Meadors said she has already booked a baby shower for a party of 50. She also said she has been contacted by two bands who want to perform there.
Meadors moved here four years ago because she loves Granbury, with its history, culture, town square and lake.
“The reason I love Gran-bury is because it has that small-town feel,” she said.
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