In barbecue speak, meats are often cooked low and slow. At Heim Barbecue, their business is growing hot and fast.
The Fort Worth company launched as a food trailer in 2015, then graduated to a restaurant in 2016. In late 2016, we learned owners Travis and Emma Heim planned to open a second barbecue joint, this one in White Settlement, expected to open in summer 2018. And now, the Heims confirm on Facebook that they will move into a former barbecue joint in White Settlement called Soda Springs Bar-B-Q to use as a catering business. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported the news in early September.
Soda Springs, which has been serving 'cue in White Settlement for more than three decades, confirmed on Facebook that "we are in fact selling," then confirmed the restaurant closed Sept. 9.
But will the converted Soda Springs become a Heim restaurant or just a catering business? The first priority is catering, the Heims write on Facebook. "Never say never, though," they write.
Heim is known for its bacon burnt ends, which are sugary, fatty pieces of barbecue candy. (They're actually pork belly.) Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn calls the Heims' beef ribs "excellent." He listed the original Heim Barbecue restaurant on Magnolia Avenue in Fort Worth as one of the top 50 barbecue joints in Texas.
Our special contributor Mark Vamos agrees: "When Heim is at its best, it is one of the best," he says.