No, we don't have another wintery snow storm prompting another blog post in under a month, but we did get to see a sneak preview of something very special coming to our small town that I felt was worth reporting to the local populace.
We've talked a lot about how Eva and I love (pre-COVID) visiting small towns and enjoying local shops and eateries and places that make it worth the trip. Think places like Fredericksburg, Boerne, or Kerrville, where you can park your car and walk along the street, stopping in shops and grabbing a coffee or a beer. What we've thought for the last decade is that Lytle could have that , if someone would just get it started.
Folks, someone is making the effort. A group of friends have gone into business to take a long time bakery on the main street of Lytle and turn it into a small pub. What better name than, The Bakery Pub.
They have a Facebook page here.
I've mentioned Josh Walker before. He is the guy who flies his drone around and takes really cool videos of the area and posts them on his YouTube channel. He was also featured on the front page of the Devine Newspaper during the big snow storm with a great aerial shot of the Lytle water tower and the surrounding area. So a week ago as we were just recovering from the big snow storm, he was posting some live video as they were doing some work on the pub to get thing ready. I made a comment and a few minutes later, I got a message from Josh asking us to stop by and he'd give us a tour. Eva and I put on our shoes and went.
I apologize in advance that my pictures came out pretty crappy, mostly because we were so amazed at the place and I felt a little embarrassed about whipping out my phone and taking pictures.
First off, these are super nice people. I think they have the personalities you need to take on a venture like this. Hardworking people, motivated to bring something good to a small town as a boost to encourage other entrepreneurs to bring in businesses that will create the foot traffic needed to be the next smaller version of those towns I mentioned. Right now, people come to Lytle to visit the HEB Plus and the What-a-Burger.
Inside, the pub is bigger than it looks from the outside. What was really cool was the open ceiling concept and not visible here is lighting that can be turned on inside the rafters for a very interesting look.
As you would expect, there is an outdoor seating area. Again, when you drive by, it appears much smaller, but standing there, you get a much larger feel. I can't wait to sit our here in the late afternoon as the sun starts to go down and enjoy a nice cool IPA.
The plan is to work with some food trucks in order to have food service available which will be great. The team has several folks lined up and it all sounds like things are really coming together well.
Back inside. The important stuff.
The plan is to have some standards and then a rotating offering of craft beers on tap as well as more specialties in the beer case. I think there will be something for everyone. A wine, too. I feel really bad that I didn't get a good shot of the reclaimed wood bar as well as the bar top they made.