The Bartonville Store: Restored With A New Twist

The Bartonville Store: Restored With A New Twist

It’s historically the most familiar site in Bartonville, and it’s coming back.

by Susan Neuhalfen

 

The Bartonville Store located at Jeter and McMakin was the center of Bartonville for well over 100 years. The original store, built in 1882, burned in the 1940s and the rebuilt store remained in operation until it was shut down in 2013. Since then it has been the center of debate as to what to do with the property. Now, two men who live locally plan to bring it back to its nostalgic glory with a great, modern twist.

The plan is to restore the Bartonville Store but this time instead of carrying chips and soda, it will be a farm to table retail market and restaurant selling local organic artisan products including meats, cheeses and more. Longtime resident Tim House has been eyeing the Bartonville Store for a long time. It reminded him of a place from his childhood and he’d always pictured restoring it to be the heart of Bartonville.

“I wanted to restore it, but I wanted it to be more than just a store,” said House. “I’ve had this dream for quite a while.”

By chance, House was introduced to Chef Michael Scott at a Bartonville neighborhood party, and the ideas just started flowing.

“The more we talked the more we realized we had a lot in common,” said Chef Michael, who has over 30 years of experience cooking all over the world. Chef’s credentials include CEC (Certified Executive Chef), AAC  (American Academy of Chefs) and membership in the World Master Chefs Society.  He has been named Chef of the Year four times in the DFW area and once in all of Texas. “I wasn’t really planning to be involved, but the next thing I knew I started doing exploratory work on products that appeal to residents in the area.”

There will be many components to the new Bartonville Store, starting with Jeter’s Meat Market. The meat market will feature high-end all natural hormone-free, antibiotic-free Wagyu beef as well as grass fed beef both from area ranches. Having lived and worked in Japan, Chef is an expert on Wagyu beef and is excited to feature the Rosewood Wagyu beef which is a healthier choice of meat, with less saturated fat and more health benefits. Patrons may either purchase the meat, have it wrapped to take home, or have it cooked for them. The chef also plans to feature charcuterie boards, Panini sandwiches, chili, burgers, and much more.

“We’ll have a chalkboard that will highlight the features that day, that week and that month,” said Chef. “We even plan to hold cooking classes.”

There will be the option of dining in or taking out along with various side dishes. They will also feature a selection of exquisite cheeses and many other local artisan foods and supplies in the store. While there will be a full service restaurant inside, don’t expect a white tablecloth. Despite Chef’s experience as a corporate and country club executive chef, he says the focus will be on the food. The quality of the product will be upscale, but everything else will be Texas comfortable. To top it off, they plan to feature live music to complement the atmosphere but without any outside amplification.

Most importantly, according to House, they want the Bartonville Store to become the social center of the community again. They plan to hold events that attract the whole town and bring everyone together. We hope turn it into something the town will be proud of,” said House. “We want the Bartonville Store to be someplace the residents will be proud to bring friends and family to visit.”

 

photos courtesy of The Bartonville Store 


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