A world apart but just down the street
by Gary Kent
Aug 05, 2011 | 2819 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Travis Tindol and Baldo Salazar will soon be welcoming honky-tonkers to see their creation at 209 N. Washington St.
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“Like to dance and drink cold beer? Like a big dance floor? Like George, Reba and Eagles? Like a smokeless bar with adults only?” asks the business card being handed out these days by Travis Tindol.

“Well, have we got the place for you?” the card continues.

Tindol and his brother, Gary, are already inviting entertainment seekers to consider coming to their new downtown Beeville attraction, T’s Honky Tonk.

“I’ll be the landlord; Gary will be the operator,” Tindol said.

With a 50-foot bar, a 1,024-square-foot dance floor covered with three-quarters of an inch of bamboo wood, a “killer jukebox” and “the coldest beer in town,” the Tindol brothers believe they will bring in the crowd.

The new honky-tonk will be unique in that there will be no disc jockey, no live bands and no cover charge. “But we will have a premier sound system,” Tindol said this week.

To make sure everybody gets to hear the music coming from the 1,000-watt jukebox, Tindol has brought in Paul Cude of Beeville’s Radio Shack to design the system. That will include 1,000 watts of music coming out of speakers that will be strategically placed around the dance floor.

With the music bouncing off the original metal tile ceiling 14 feet above the dance floor, Tindol believes no one will miss a step.

And the sounds will all come from a jukebox loaded with the best country and western and “oldie” rock tunes.

Tindol said T’s will appeal to adult tastes. It’s not going to be a beer joint. The place will cater mostly to couples who want to drink a little, dance a little.

T’s will be for people who “want to come and enjoy themselves without causing trouble,” Tindol said.

There will be almost 4,500 square feet of tables and chairs, the spacious bar and dance floor to accommodate the crowd.

Tindol was in the beer business in Beeville from 1969 until 1999. Thirteen years ago, the family sold its Budweiser distributorship on South Washington Street, and Tindol went into the retail liquor business.

He knows what sells, so he plans to keep all the beer and white wine stored in a huge walk-in cooler behind the bar that will be kept at 28 degrees.

Tindol said one of the highlights of the club will be a “wine margarita.”

“People can’t believe it’s a wine margarita,” Tindol said. But forget about asking anyone for the recipe.

“It’ll be a well-kept family secret,” he said.

Tindol has pretty much turned his contractor, Baldo Salazar, loose on the project. And Salazar is taking as much pride in the outcome as anybody. He agreed with Tindol, saying the place should be open to the public within a month.

Customers will be able to enter the building from the front at 209 N. Washington St. But with the majority of the parking located behind the building, Tindol expects most visitors to come in through the back door.

That part of the facility will be completely rebuilt to welcome customers. The existing back wall will be torn out soon, and an outdoor patio will replace what was once interior space.

There will be a comfortable seating area on the patio where smokers can relax, and outdoor speakers will be on, so everyone will know what is playing on the jukebox.

“There’s no place in town where people can go to dance to the oldies and country western,” Tindol said. And these days, folks are looking for a smoke-free environment where they can enjoy themselves.

“We’ll only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday to start with,” Tindol said. If there is a demand, they might open on Wednesdays. Although no opening time has been decided on yet, Tindol doubts that anyone will be able to get in until after working hours.

Tindol said he has stayed in touch with Brenda Hughes, creator of the Dog & Bee Public House, which opened just down the street Tuesday.

He likes her plan to turn downtown Beeville into an entertainment center that will bring visitors from all around to see what has been created here.

Tindol believes T’s customers will want to take the short walk to the Dog & Bee for a bite to eat, and the pub customers will want to walk down to T’s to drink some cold ones and a two-step around the bamboo dance floor.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.

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