Texas French Bread Bakery & Bistro is Closed for Remodeling

Refreshed dining room, bakery, kitchen, and bathrooms debut next week

Texas French Bread is remodeling (courtesy Murph Willcott)
Texas French Bread Bakery & Bistro proprietor Murph Willcott announced last week that the business would close for a long-planned and very necessary remodel of the building the Willcotts own at 29th and Rio Grande.

courtesy Murph Willcott
It wasn't long after brothers Murph and Ben Willcott began serving locally-sourced, bistro-style meals a few nights a week in the bakery that they realized the facilities weren't really conducive to long-term success. They were able to create a dining room atmosphere with lighting and draperies, but the bakery didn't have much of a hot kitchen to speak of and the bathrooms needed an upgrade before they could qualify for a beer and wine license. The planning and fundraising took three years but now it's rolling.

courtesy Murph Willcott

Last year, the Willcott brothers sold shares in a Community Supported Restaurant to generate some of the funds necessary for the remodeling project and now it's happening. Murph says we can expect a much larger kitchen area complete with a wood-fired grill, dramatically improved bathrooms, beer and wine sales (but still BYOW), and a pleasant outdoor dining space in the garden.

A Rome Inn souvenir left in the walls (courtesy Murph Willcott)

The remodel work is going well and they've even discovered some treasures left over from the building's days as the legendary music venue, the Rome Inn, when removing walls and pulling out drywall. Murph Willcott is hoping to re-open on Monday, Jan. 13th.

Texas French Bread Bakery & Bistro

2900 Rio Grande 512/499-0544


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