Taphouse to replace Ruby T's

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Georgia Street Taphouse set for Wolflin Village site.
Panhandle PBS

By Karen Welch — Senior Content Producer

A new pub — “but better than a pub” — will replace the restaurant that shall not be named.

“We prefer not to call it (the former) Ruby Tequila’s,” restaurateur Mark Plowman said, referring to the vacant eatery in Wolflin Village. “I can tell you what we’re going to call it — Georgia Street Taphouse.”

Plowman spoke with me by phone from what sounded like a very busy Texas Firehouse Sports Bar & Grill, the sports bar on Coulter Street near Southwest 34th Avenue that he began with David Wu.

The taphouse will be a different venture for the business partners, Plowman said.

“It’s different than what we’re doing here,” he said. “Here, our menu is driven by bar foods, finger foods. There, it will be more entrée-driven, with a bigger beer selection, bigger wine selection.

“The look and feel will be completely different. It’s not just another sports bar. It’ll be way nicer than that.”

Plowman said the project to renovation project is ambitious.

“It’s going to take quite a bit of work. When a business is going under they don’t typically maintain or take care of anything,” he said, referring to the previous tenant’s demise.

For example, new tile will replace concrete flooring, a project Plowman estimated would cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Even the patio will be upgraded, he said.
“We’re going to clean it up, fix it up, make it a little nicer, rearrange a few things, and open it up,” Plowman said.

Karen Welch is a senior content producer for Panhandle PBS. She can be contacted at Karen.Welch@actx.edu, at @KWelch806 on Twitter and on Facebook. Subscribe to the Panhandle PBS BizHere podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud to hear more business news and interviews.

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