The Texas summer sun beat down ravenously Saturday as the temperature creeped near triple digits, but that didn't stop local barbecue fiends from lining up to get a first taste from the new Heim Barbecue restaurant in Fort Worth.
Hundreds stretched down and around the block on Magnolia Street, waiting three hours or more for Heim's juicy brisket, pulled pork and signature bacon burnt ends. And when we say "more," we mean a lot more — Jim Knipper and Emily McLaughlin were the first people in line Saturday, having arrived at 3:15 a.m.
"The barbecue is phenomenal, but it's them," McLaughlin said right before doors open eight hours and a couple of bottles of champagne later. "It's Travis, Emma, Robin, Travis' mom, and what they've done in this two years since they started these meat parties in the backyard ... we believe 400 percent in this and are excited for them, proud of them."
Heim Barbecue began as a food trailer in early 2015 and quickly gained a dedicated following. Enthusiasm for owners Travis and Emma Heim's meats and sides was so abundant, they decided to upgrade to a brick-and-mortar location by the fall.
The new restaurant is nestled on the buzzy Magnolia strip by Kent and Co. Wines, and Melt Ice Cream. Heim plans to offers new items such as brisket kolaches and smoked beef tallow French fries alongside pours from the bar, which serves Texas craft beer, wine and cocktails.
On Saturday, though, it was all about the classics. According to Facebook, Heim ran through more than 1,500 pounds of brisket and 300 pounds of potato salad, ultimately selling out. Barbecue is served while available each day, but the bar stays open until 10 p.m.
So was it worth the wait?
Check out the pictures below and judge for yourself by stopping by Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Robin's name.