People gathered Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, for the first Chili Cookoff at the Truck Yard in Dallas. The event benefited local rescue organization Angie's Friends. 1st Annual Chili Cookoff benefitting Angies Friends Animal Rescue was held at The Truck Yard by Lower Greenville on October 11, 2015.

People gathered Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, for the first Chili Cookoff at the Truck Yard in Dallas. The event benefited local rescue organization Angie's Friends. 1st Annual Chili Cookoff benefitting Angies Friends Animal Rescue was held at The Truck Yard by Lower Greenville on October 11, 2015.

Jerry McClure

Truck Yard has earned the reputation as one of Dallas' most popular bars thanks to its giant backyard, ever-rotating lineup of food trucks and unpretentious attitude. And this fall, owner Jason Boso is bringing its funky vibe to Funky Town.

Truck Yard is expanding to a second location in the former Crystal Springs Dance Pavilion in Fort Worth, confirmed Boso this week. It's expected to open in the fall.

[UPDATE April 25 at 2:38 p.m.: Truck Yard is also opening a location in The Colony near Nebraska Furniture Mart, according to an announcement today. It joins other restaurants, such as Heritage Pizza Co. and Mi Cocina. See more details here.]

Boso, who also owns Twisted Root Burger Co., has been looking to open a Truck Yard satellite for "years," but the search for a location wasn't easy.

"Truck Yard is difficult because it’s very reliant on a cool space," he says. "It needs the right size, it needs the trees, it needs the right views and adjacent parking."

Luckily he found all that and more in the Crystal Springs site. The former dance hall, which opened in the 1920s, is credited as the birthplace of Western Swing thanks to local music legends such as Milton Brown and James Robert "Bob" Wills.

Truck Yard will be part of the Crystal Springs on the River development, which includes 60,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, as reported by Fort Worth Business last summer.

Truck Yard is one of the best day-drinking bars in the country, Yelp says

The Cowtown edition of the backyard bar will be similar to the flagship, says Boso. Plans include three bars (one indoor, one in a tree house and one in a converted 1940s bus), an outdoor patio with view of the Trinity River, space for up to four food trucks onsite and a stage for live music. 

This one, however, will house two permanent restaurants: Truck Yard's signature Philly cheese steak bar, Steak Me Home Tonight, as well as BBQ concept pioneered by a Fort Worth chef whose name is being kept hush.

Specifics of the venue's setup are still be nailed down, but thirsty residents can expect beer, wine and liquor here. Boso also plans to continue relationships with distiller the 86 Co., whose founder Jason Kosmas created cocktails on tap for the Dallas location.

Truck Yard was deemed one of the best day-drinking spots in the country by Yelp in 2015. Boso says he's not currently scouting other locations in D-FW, but another either here (maybe Plano, he muses) or around the state is never out of the question.

h/t D Magazine

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