In nine quick months or so, you’ll not only be glad that Liberty Bar’s Dwight Hobart opened a second venue in Southtown, but that he was the one to purchase and renovate the circa-1930s Benedictine nunnery on South Alamo. A West Texas native, Hobart has a feel for local history and architectural details. The same care he brought to installing and finishing the beautifully worn wooden floors at Liberty he’ll bring to the oak and pine floors at the new building. He’s inspired, he says, by the unvarnished floors of Europe, but the heart of honky-tonk country shines through those hand-oiled boards.

Hobart’s building a top-notch dining facility, with three kitchens — one upstairs to serve the full bar and library, one to serve the ground-floor dining rooms, and a prep kitchen in the wine cellar — a two-story dining/drinking porch, and a pizza oven, but Hobart will save the plaster walls and those great gothic front windows, one of which dates to the original 1880s building.

Hobart’s in his element walking among the extension cords and studs, talking about his plans; we think we’ll be in our element, too, soon as that bar’s open.

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