Take a ride down the Tejano Highway
by Paul Gonzales
Nov 09, 2012 | 5539 views | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The newly built curved bar is one of many improvements that anyone who has visited Mixers in the past will not recognize.
Paul Gonzales photo The newly built curved bar is one of many improvements that anyone who has visited Mixers in the past will not recognize.
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The back patio for smokers is nearly complete and will be ready for use by the time Tejano Highway opens its doors on Friday.
Paul Gonzales photo The back patio for smokers is nearly complete and will be ready for use by the time Tejano Highway opens its doors on Friday.
Beeville — Drive down South Washington Street, and you’ll see a few new businesses opening up.

But you might find yourself doing a double take when you pass where the big purple eyesore once sat at 1205 S. Washington St.

It was a bar called Mixers, and it sat there for years. It closed a few times but would always reopen.

And where it once was now sits a revamped, re-imagined, completely remodeled new bar called Tejano Highway.

“They sold the building, and a friend of mine bought it,” Chris Ybarra, who co-owns the bar with Trino Salazar, said. “And we decided we wanted to open a nightclub, so we did it.”

And the two of them did it up big. They invested thousands of dollars to make sure the place was up to snuff and a great place for people to come in and enjoy themselves.

“The only reason I did it was because I thought Beeville needed a nice place to come out and you wouldn’t have to worry about any problems.

“That’s the whole point of us having security and a dress code.”

And, while there’s no need for suits and ties, collared shirts for men and appropriately-dressed women are invited to come out.

Once you walk through the front doors, nothing about the club is the same.

“It looks totally different. The outside doesn’t give it justice in my opinion.

“It was really rundown. I used to come to Mixers before they closed down; good thing I didn’t come during the day, because it was worse.”

Mixers did have its fair share of problems over the years, but Ybarra assures Beeville that those days are gone with the old facade.

“At all these other bars, there’s always fights and stabbings.

“That’s the whole purpose behind us having a dress code, security and a metal detector.

“We just want people to come out and have a good time.”

So, when the doors open Friday, Nov. 9, what can the patrons expect?

“Really, I’m gearing the bar towards pretty much anybody who wants to have a good time.

“I love Tejano music. And that’s what I’m going to play mostly.

“Thursday night will be country night. Sunday’s going to be ’80s night, and all the rest of the nights will be mixed up.

“There’s no pool table, there’s no jukebox. It’s going to be a straight club.

“I’m going to be honest with you – I’m going to play a little bit of dance songs, here and there, but that’s more for the younger crowd.

“I’m trying to get the older crowd, the more mature crowd that just wants to come out and dance with their wife or their girlfriend and have a good time and not worry about anything.

“Everybody’s looking for a dance floor.

“They want to dance. And we took a lot of room out and made a big ol’ dance floor.

“There’s going to be a $2 cover just to cover the DJ, but there will be a DJ every night.”

And, though there will be security, Ybarra doesn’t want the crowds to feel intimidated.

“They’re just there to make sure everybody has a good time.

“I’ve lived in Beeville all my life, and I’ve always wanted to go to a place where there’s no problems.

“And this place is going to be the place. I’m going to make sure it is.

“I like not having to keep looking behind my back to see if someone is going to be fighting right there.

“It makes you more comfortable. You’re more at ease.”

The club is also nonsmoking, but the owners built a floating deck out back surrounded by a security fence and will have ceiling fans and deck chairs.

“There’s a lot of people who don’t smoke.

“I know it irritates somebody who doesn’t smoke to be around somebody who does.

“If you go to San Antonio and Corpus, anywhere like that, you don’t smoke in there, and everybody survives.

“I think it makes it a more pleasant environment, because you know that every time you leave a bar you smell like an ashtray.”

And Tejano Highway does offer something very unique that no bar offers in town anymore.

“We’re even offering free rides home.

“If someone is drunk, I’m going to take you home.

“I think the biggest deal is, you can have a couple of drinks, and they can arrest you for a DWI, so if you feel like you’ve had a few drinks too many, ask one of us.

“We’ll be more than happy to give you a ride.

“No charge or anything. We want everyone to come out and have a good time and get home safe.”

So, with the new bar in place of the old one, Ybarra is not worried about the reputation following theirs around.

“Everybody’s been asking when we’re going to open.

“If you’ve been in Mixers before, you can tell how drastically it’s changed.

“It’s going to be run properly.

“I’m buying TVs this week. We’re going to show the games every Sunday and Monday with appetizers.”

Live bands will be welcomed eventually, and the line to play at the club is already growing.

“I already have live bands that want to come in and work for the door.

“I don’t want to make it all Tejano.

“I want to bring a country band here every now and then.

“And once we get going, I’m thinking of bringing the Spazmatics (an ’80s fun-loving cover band from Corpus Christi) down here.”

So, as Beeville gets what could possibly be the last music-genre-oriented club in town to fill in a missing niche, Ybarra and Salazar are ready for the challenge of proving their place.

“Tejano Highway sounds like nothing but Tejano music, but it’s not. There’s going to be a variety.

“It’s going to be Tejano, don’t get me wrong. But it’s going to have country, hip-hip, ’80s, everything mixed in.

“If anybody wants to come out and have a good time and not worry about any problems, this is the place to be.

“I definitely think people are going to be totally shocked when they walk in here.

“From what it was to what it is now.”

Tejano Highway opens its doors Friday, Nov. 9, from 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
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