The T & P Tavern was originally built as a diner and adjoining news stand in the 1930's. Then called "The Towers Diner", The diner was part of the historic Texas & Pacific Railway Station, that now serves as the last west-bound stop on the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) that connects to the DART system in Dallas, TX. Preserved with utmost care, remnants of the zig-zag, art-deco architecture can be seen throughout the building. The T & P Tavern has undergone extensive renovation, while preserving the original look and craftsmanship of the old building.
So...what happened to it, you ask? It closed in the mid 60's with the airline-industry boom, and except for a brief attempt at re-opening in the mid-1980's, it has been preserved as a time capsule from a by-gone-era. So you see, this location's history runs deep, not only in Fort Worth, but in Texas and the Nation. As the Southern hub for shipping and personal and private travel, our humble surroundings have been witness to the presence of many famous, infamous and prominent individuals. Several Presidents and other visitors of note have passed through the station and dined in our space, including "The King", Elvis Presley, for whom our flagship, "Elvis", peanut butter-banana-and-bacon martini, is named after. We were also told, Fort Worth's first Oktoberfest was held at our location.
The real history, however, lies behind the story of the common man in our hallowed hall, you see. As the main southern hub of transport, many World War II veterans left and/or returned from this station, we call home. The diner where T&P Tavern is located may have been the last "home-cooked" meal before departing for an unknown station for many a soldier.
Still today, many people who remember the train station wander in and tell us their tale of being a child and having lunch here, while meeting an out-of-town relative, seeing a family member off to war, or welcoming them home. Today, over eighty years after this beautiful building was erected, workers commute, to-and-fro, and again get to enjoy this space we call home. We keep a relaxed atmosphere, great offerings behind the bar, and enjoy the company of our guests. That is the true spirit of the space, from what it once was, and how we view its place in our hometown, a social space for the" every-man", as it was intended, as it was, as we will keep it.
The long and the short of it? We ARE Fort Worth.
Come see a part of history, Come be a part of today at the T&P Tavern.