Food & Drink

A Camp Bowie hangout is about to hit the bricks. But it vows to return to Fort Worth

The bar at Fort Worth west side establishment The Ginger Man Tuesday August 19, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.
The bar at Fort Worth west side establishment The Ginger Man Tuesday August 19, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. Star-Telegram

We’re trying to get more details, but the Ginger Man Fort Worth, the long-running Camp Bowie Boulevard beer bar, announced in a Facebook post on Thursday that it’s last day will be Oct. 21.

“Please stop in for a final pint before the bulldozers roll in,” the post says. “Don’t worry funky town, we’ll be back.”

The “bulldozers” part of that gets our attention, because the building at 3716 Camp Bowie Blvd. had a long history. UPDATE: In response to a Facebook Messenger query, a Ginger Man representative says that it’s too early to confirm what specific plans are for the space — but does confirm that the building will be demolished as part of plans to redevelop the property.

Ginger Man, a pub chain founded in Houston in 1985, already had Dallas and Austin locations when it opened on Camp Bowie in 2006, in the former home of Rick’s on the Bricks, a Fort Worth landmark that had been in the spot for 17 years. It was packed after Stock Show rodeo performances and professional golfers could sometimes be spotted there during Colonial.

Both were unpretentious hangouts, but Rick’s was known for thick hamburgers (and claimed, in a Star-Telegram story about the closing, to have invented deep-fried pickles) while the Ginger Man has a limited food menu and puts the spotlight on the beer.

Before Rick’s, it was home to Bessie’s on the Boulevard, and was home to a fish-and-chips restaurant before that, according to a story in the Star-Telegram archives. The building is about 72 years old.

When Ethan Hawke (who has multiple Fort Worth connections) and Ben Dickey came to town to promote their movie “Blaze” a couple of months ago, the Star-Telegram interview took place at the Ginger Man.

Since Ginger Man came to Fort Worth, another Tarrant County location opened at 1512 E. Southlake Blvd. in Southlake. There is also a location in Plano.

This report includes information from Star-Telegram archives. We will update when we get more info.

Ethan Hawke, a Academy Award and Tony nominee, and Blaze star Ben Dickey, who portrays Blaze Foley, talk about their fascination with the late, and mysterious, Texas musician in Fort Worth recently.