Lindsay Wilcox, NBC 5 News
Lonesome Dove, where celebrity chef Tim Love got his start, will reopen on Thursday, two months after a fire damaged the restaurant on Fort Worth's Main Street.
Two months after fire destroyed the Lonesome Dove, the famous Fort Worth restaurant is reopening.
Celebrity chef Tim Love started his career at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro 13 years ago.
During the post-fire renovation of the restaurant on Main Street, Love was able to salvage a couple of cowboy hats and the horns from a steer named Gus. Nearly everything else is new, but the restaurant looks nearly identical to the original.
"I feel like we have a restaurant that's been around long enough that you want to make sure you maintain the integrity of the restaurant," Love said.
He created several menu items his customers have never tasted before. And the big opening this week will bring a couple of other surprises for diners.
"We're pouring some really great champagne for everybody all weekend; a little celebration of getting back open," Love said.
"I'm cooking on the line, and I haven't cooked on the line in a little while at Lonesome Dove," he said. "That's a big excitement for me."
The restaurant opens Thursday for lunch.