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Willhoite's Restaurant Completes a Historic Renovation

Jan 12, 2018 02:58PM ● By Ashley Madonna

Historic Downtown Grapevine brings out both locals and visitors eager to stroll down the popular streets and feel that rich sense of culture that’s so vibrant in the area. And now they can do that and feel whisked back in time at Willhoite’s Restaurant.

The restaurant has served tons of hungry diners over the years and is one of the oldest restaurants operating in the city. It opened its doors for business back in 1981, but the building itself has been standing there, a staple on Main Street, for more than a hundred years. Which is why their team took the time to complete an exterior renovation to restore the front entrance back to its original appearance (based on photographs from the 1920s).

The building first served as a department store, according to co-owner Eric Parker, and then was transformed into Willhoite Garage, the first full-service automotive station in Grapevine. Co-owner Phil Parker purchased the building in 1980 and opened up Willhoite’s Restaurant while also keeping many of the building’s automotive shop attributes. 

“Renovating the front entrance is the last piece of our historical preservation efforts and just in time for our 37th anniversary,” Eric Parker explained via a press release. “We are proud to be one of the oldest businesses on Main Street and offer a glimpse into Grapevine’s history. 

The 9,000 square-foot restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, and features live music six nights a week. For more information, check out their website.