Hooker’s Grill in the Historic Stockyards is the only building that will keep its facade from the prequel 1883 set of Yellowstone.
FORT WORTH, Texas – If you walk along West Exchange Avenue in the Fort Worth Stockyards, you would never know something was filmed there.
The dirt road is gone and the Hollywood actors are gone, but if you look closely you will likely recognize the rustic saloon. Hooker’s Grill, a Stockyard restaurant, sits in the center of the road where part of the “Yellowstone” prequel “1883” was filmed earlier this year.
Restaurant owner Ruth Hooker agreed to shut down her small business for six months throughout filming. She reopened it last Saturday.
âWe’re thrilled to be a part of it, the restaurant just, for some notoriety, but the fun thing about Fort Worth and the Stockyards is that I have so many friends and customers of the Stockyards who were extras in the movie. âHooker says.
She said her restaurant storefront got a makeover for the show’s set, which she calls a “Hollywood facelift.” The two-story outdoor terrace where guests used to dine has been transformed into a rustic lounge that takes you back in time.
At the end of the shoot, she wasn’t quite ready to give up the western vibe.
âI thought we had a real opportunity to give it a go and make it permanent,â Hooker said.
With the help of the leaders of the city of Fort Worth, Hooker went through months of permit applications and paperwork. From now on, the west facade will remain forever in the Stockyards.
It is the only building on West Exchange Avenue that will keep its show facade.
âIt’s fun for the people who come in,â Hooker told the WFAA. “They can feel a bit of nostalgia through the building as well as the food.”
For years, Hooker’s Grill has served onion burgers and traditional Native American fried bread.
Hooker said it felt like her restaurant was for the show, because coincidentally some of the food she serves is on the show.
Cowboy and Native American cultures collided in 1883, and this is something that resonates deeply with its roots.
Hooker’s mother is Native American and his father was a quintessential cowboy.
âWe’re really lucky to have something like ‘1883’ that celebrates these two cultures,â Hooker said.
City leaders like Fort Worth City Council member Carlos Flores, who represents the Historic Stockyards area, helped Hooker preserve the building’s facade.
âWe want to make sure people know that something big has happened here,â said Flores. âThe business community was really excited to have this production here, as well as the city of Fort Worth. ”
What was once a temporary show facade is now a permanent fixture that fans of the show will be able to admire for years to come.