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Heim Barbecue’s second location sets an opening date. And it’s less than a month away

Heim BBQ’s opening day: Big line, big flavor

The first people were in line at 3:15 a.m. Saturday for the beloved BBQ truck that was opening its first brick and mortar restaurant on Magnolia Ave. in Fort Worth. By 11 a.m. the line stretched around the block. (VIdeo by Rick Press)
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The first people were in line at 3:15 a.m. Saturday for the beloved BBQ truck that was opening its first brick and mortar restaurant on Magnolia Ave. in Fort Worth. By 11 a.m. the line stretched around the block. (VIdeo by Rick Press)

Heim Barbecue, the West Magnolia Avenue joint that rose from a trailer to a popular brick-and-mortar, announced in December 2016 that it would add a second location in the River District in west Fort Worth.

Things in the restaurant world can turn slowly, but now, more than two years later, there’s a date, although it’s still not precise: The opening is set for “early March,” according to a release issued Friday morning.

The new location will be at 5333 White Settlement Road, which used to be the address of a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall. Propietors Travis and Emma Heim had originally looked at the former Thurber Mingus location, but a few months later changed the move to the new address.

According to the release, the new location “will offer ample seating and parking, a massive kitchen, full bar, covered patio [and] and outdoor beer garden that will feature live music and special events.” More important: It will feature eight smokers, which is five more than the Magnolia location.

The 7,500-square-foot-space was designed by Coeval Studios, a Dallas-based design studio whose portfolio includes Heim’s quirky Near Southside neighbor La Zona on Magnolia.

The menu will include familiar offerings such as smoked meats priced by the half-pound, sandwiches, sides, desserts and Heim’s popular bacon burnt ends. The Heimburger, which is only available at the Magnolia Avenue location after 4 p.m. Mondays, will also be on the River District menu. We’re trying to find out if it will be a regular menu item.

Heim River District will be open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, according to the release. It will be closed Monday, which is a variation from the Magnolia location, which is open Mondays but closed Tuesdays.

The Heims started their business with a trailer in the parking lot of Republic Street Bar on the Near Southside. In October 2015, they announced plans to open the West Magnolia Avenue brick-and-mortar, which opened in August 2016 at 1109 W. Magnolia Ave.

The River District, a mix of apartments, townhomes, single-family homes and retail, is already home to Salsa Limon “Distrito,” which used to be Salsa Limon “Museo” till it moved — historic chrome diner and and all — from University Drive to White Settlement Road in 2016.

For updates on Heim, follow @heimbarbecue on Facebook or Instagram.

Robert Philpot has been a features reporter for the Star-Telegram since October 1992, and currently covers the Tarrant County (and sometimes more) restaurant scene. He also writes general-entertainment stories and features about DFW TV and radio personalities.

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