Council approves Hard Eight BBQ location
The Burleson City Council formally approved a “Chapter 380 Agreement” with Hard Eight BBQ representatives on Monday, paving the way for the popular chain to open its doors and bring Hill Country-style open-pit barbecue to town as early as Jan. 1, 2019.
“We’re ready to roll,” said Chad Decker, Hard Eight’s president of operations. “We are in the process of designing this location. This will be our fifth location. Our locations tend to take on a life of their own and become part of the community. We always look for a community that will fit us well and Burleson certainly fits all the criteria. There was never a question in our minds.”
The agreement approved by the council Monday night requires the company to complete its property closing by Dec. 31, commence construction by March 1, 2018, open its doors by Jan. 1, 2019 and design, contract and operate in conformance with all city of Burleson regulations.
Chapter 380 of the Texas Local Government Code establishes programs to promote state or local economic development and to stimulate business and commercial activity in a municipality.
In accordance with a program established pursuant to Chapter 380, the municipality may make loans or grants of public funds for economic development; provided, however, that no obligations secured by ad valorem taxes may be issued for such purposes unless approved by the voters of that municipality.
When the Chapter 380 Agreement with Hard Eight was presented for consideration to the Council Monday night, no one had any comments or questions. Burleson Place 3 Councilman Dan Strong made the motion for the Council to approve the agreement, and Place 2 Councilman Rick Green seconded it. The vote to approve was unanimous.
Decker said the new restaurant is expected to “somewhat” resemble Hard Eight’s Coppell restaurant. The company already has restaurants in Stephenville, Coppell, Roanoke, and The Colony.
Decker said the store will be located south of Stampede Harley in the 200 block of North Burleson Boulevard – the east Interstate 35W access road.
Decker and Niven said a lot of good things are ahead for the company – including Hard Eight possibly catering the upcoming Chamber of Commerce banquet.
“We have a big catering department,” explained Niven.
Alex Philips, the city’s economic director, was in the hallway discussing particulars with Hard Eight representatives after the vote.
Decker gave Philips credit for his persistence when pursuing Hard Eight as a Burleson restaurant candidate.
Decker said the Interstate 35 corridor running “north and south throughout the whole state of Texas” is a major reason Burgeons was selected by Hard Eight.
Decker also credited Burleson with having a “small town feel” that is such a good fit with the chain.
The restaurant uses a direct-fire style of cooking instead of a closed smoker. The restaurant also flame-grilled steaks.
The first Hard Eight opened in 2003 in Stephenville.
The name Hard Eight is a dice roll in the game of craps when both dice land on four.