The Longhorn Saloon is no longer. The Fort Worth Stockyards bar closed down on Monday, according to Longhorn owner Todd Osborne. He said that the decision was made by the building's landlords -- Stockyards Property Inc. Osborne said he could foresee what was coming. The bar on the hill of W. Exchange Avenue had struggled for a while to find its groove, but he saw business picking up lately. "Its not good to shut down a business, especially when I thought it was getting pretty good," Osborne said. "But weve had it for a year and a half, and it just never had worked for us."
Attempts to reach Stockyards Property Inc. for comment were unsuccessful Thursday.
Osborne also co-owns the Lola's Stockyards bar; that venue is being renamed The Basement Bar, partly to avoid confusion with Lola's Sixth, another Lola's location in Fort Worth.
And for those of you who've gotten to know the work of Mentalist Joe Riggs, subject of a DFW.com Ink profile, you've probably figured out that this affects his performance schedule. His Longhorn gig will move two doors down, to The Basement. He'll do essentially two Sunday night shows (7 to 10 p.m., with a 30-minute intermission).
Osborne describes The Basement -- which is housed at 105 W. Exchange, underneath the Star Cafe -- as a (literally) underground live-music bar with a cozy, comfy feel to it.
Stay posted for more details.