The sign on the door at Pickles BBQ & Icehouse in Watauga is pretty succinct: “Business closed.”
It’s not clear yet why or exactly when the closure took place at the restaurant, which was on Rufe Snow in Watauga at a location very close to parts of Keller, North Richland Hills and North Fort Worth. It does appear that the closing happened in late July.
The Star-Telegram drove by the restaurant Thursday morning, and behind the “business closed” sign on the door is still a lot of restaurant furniture stacked up in the interior. We sent messages via the Pickles Facebook page and website, which is also still live. The phone is still connected, but a call only resulted in a lot of unanswered rings. We’ll update if we hear anything.
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Pickles opened in October 2013 in a small strip near the north end of Watauga, in a space formerly occupied by Papa G’s Sports Bar & Grill. In his December 2013 review of the restaurant, Star-Telegram contributor Malcolm Mayhew described it as “more of a sports bar, less of a ‘cue joint.” The restaurant offered table service instead of the order-at-the-counter service familiar at many barbecue spots.
The restaurant was also known for its dog-friendly patio and even had “Lappy Hours” for canine customers, including a menu of gourmet dog treats. Pickles also frequently featured live music along with the food.