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A special preview: Emma and Travis Heim take us inside the new Heim BBQ location

Four years ago, Emma and Travis Heim opened a barbecue stand with two briskets to sell and $100 in the bank.

Now, they’re opening their second and largest restaurant, serving brisket, bacon “burnt ends” and more at a new west side location of Heim Barbecue.

Both Heim locations now serve brisket burgers every day. This Heim adds a bigger bar and patio with seating for 280.

The new location, nicknamed “Heim on the River,” officially will open April 16 at 5333 White Settlement Road in the River District a few blocks west of Salsa Limon. It overlooks the West Fork of the Trinity River.

Early previews begin next week.

The new location has a longer serving line and room for more Heim fans to come for a new, larger menu that includes brisket tacos, wings and even a bacon “burnt ends” salad.

Heim was the first new-style craft barbecue restaurant to open in Fort Worth. It expanded quickly from a trailer on East Hattie Street to the current restaurant, which still draws a waiting line regularly at 1109 W, Magnolia Ave.

“It’s been crazy,” Travis Heim said.

“Going to Magnolia was a big leap. We really thought the Magnolia store was more accessible for everybody. Within two months we realized it wasn’t enough.”

The new Heim adds a private party or meeting room. The patio seats 80.

The basic meats are all here: brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, turkey and either black-pepper sausage or jalapeno-cheddar sausage.

A brisket plate costs $16.99. Sandwiches go for $11.99. There’s a four-meat combination plate for $24.99.

The new Heim adds fried pies to the dessert menu along with banana pudding and cobbler. The menu of sides includes the familiar green-chile mac-and-cheese, collards, beans, slaw, fries or onion rings.

The new Heim will be open for lunch and dinner daily except Mondays. (The Magnolia location is open Mondays but closed Tuesdays.)

Look for it on White Settlement Road west of Roberts Cut Off Road, near Naval Air Station Fort Worth;

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and has moved on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 15 Texas Legislature sessions. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns about Texas dining, restaurants and food.