Royse City residents can expect to see construction begin on a planned beer garden later this summer in the downtown area.
The project is still in the early stages of development, as property owner and the project’s developer Gary Sanders has been working closely with the Royse City Community Development Corporation to make it a reality.
“We’re very excited about it,” Sanders said. “It’s a family project.”
The city’s Heritage Committee has approved the structure, since it’s in Royse City’s heritage district and the CDC and city council have approved an incentive request to offset the development costs for $125,000.
To make room for the facility, Sanders purchased the property that formerly housed a Kwik Stop at 105 W. Main St. and the lot south of the store at 117 South Elm St. The latest step in getting construction started is getting the two lots replatted into one lot of about 13,800 square feet. Sanders says he is looking to start construction soon after.
“The replat will be finalized in July by city council and once we get that completed then we’re ready to start,” he said. “We’re going for an August time frame to start.”
The idea for the project started with Sanders looking to get bring something to Royse City for the community. He saw the old Kwik Stop and wondered what would fit in that space.
“One Sunday morning I was getting donuts for my grandkids and while I was stopped at the stoplight at Elm and Main, I looked at the old store there thinking ‘What can we put there as a community thing’ and that’s kind of where the project started from,” he said. “I had always wanted to do something for the community and that was the perfect spot.”
Even as he’s looking to build a new facility, he and his family are looking to keep with the heritage and history of the city and downtown Royse City. To Sanders, that means helping the entire downtown area.
“If you look on the rendering of the facility, the entrance is at a 45 degree angle so that even if you’re at our place of business you’re looking at the other business up and down the heritage district,” he said. “We want to promote foot traffic into Royse City and we want to be very involved in the downtown heritage district.”
The beer garden cafe, named Native Station Beer Garden Cafe, will bring 49 new jobs to Royse City, according to CDC Executive Director Larry Lott.
“The facility will hire about 49 employees. Five will be management level and about 44 will be staff,” Lott said. “The proposed payroll for the employees is in excess of a $1 million so it will bring a substantial number of jobs to downtown.”
Lott anticipates that the project will bring people off the interstate and from the surrounding areas into downtown Royse City partially because “there’s nothing else really like it in the area.”
“It’s not only exciting to have this new facility downtown; the investment will be in excess of a million dollars,” Lott said. “It’s a very significant investment for our community. The real key here is being able to draw people from other areas to our downtown area that will shop and eat at other facilities.”
Sanders is modeling the facility after a beer garden in New Braunfels called Krause’s Biergarten and Cafe. The rendering of Native Station Beer Garden Cafe includes a covered beer garden, indoor and outdoor stages and seating areas, a kids area and more.
“It’s multifaceted for families to come and make it an experience to enjoy with their kids and relax and destress from daily life and just enjoy being part of that community or just coming out to experience the community,” Sanders said.
He’s looking to include a farmers’ market area on weekends, and incorporate that into the menu.
“The farmers market operated only on the weekends and beside the area will be a kids play area,” he said. “I think we would like to incorporate a lot of what’s being sold at the farmers market. Everything will be freshly made, there are no frozen products. Everything is going to be made from scratch.”
With a multifaceted facility, Sanders and his family are looking to style the beer garden as a gathering place for the community that will bring people into the area to explore the entire downtown area.
"I hope it supports the entire community by bringing in foot traffic and more sales taxes’” he said. “I hope we can rebuild the downtown area a little bit. I really think my family wants to be really involved in the area.”