Reata Restaurant

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Reata Restaurant
Industry Restaurants
Founded In 1995 in Alpine, Texas
Headquarters Fort Worth, Texas
Key people
Mike Micallef, President
Al Micallef, Founder
Products Food service
Number of employees

Reata Restaurant is a Texas Cuisine based restaurant group founded by Al Micallef with operating interests in Alpine and Fort Worth, Texas. The Reata Restaurant Group has operated its flagship restaurant in the old Caravan of Dreams since May 2002.[1] Reata at the Rodeo, Reata at the Backstage and La Espuela Mexican Cantina are Reata run restaurants at the annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo for 3 weeks starting in mid January through the beginning of February.[2][3][4][5][6] In addition, they provide an event production catering service called Reata on the Road.[7] Reata also produces a line of gourmet bakeware and a cookbook – "Reata: Legendary Texas Cooking".[8][9][10][11]


The restaurant was founded by Al Micallef in Alpine, Texas in 1995. The name Reata is Spanish for Rope, which was inspired from the novel Giant, by Edna Ferber. In 1996, the Reata opened its second location in Fort Worth, Texas, on the 35th floor of the Bank One tower. Following a devastating F2 tornado on March 28, 2000, Reata was hit and forced to close.[12][13][14][15][16] Within 6 weeks, the restaurant was rebuilt and operational in the original location that was hit by the tornado. In January 2001 the restaurant was once again forced to close, and re-opened in May 2002 in the building that previously known as the Caravan of Dreams.

In 2001 between the time Reata had to close in the Bank One Tower and Re-opening in Sundance Square, the Reata started a catering division with a 3000sq. ft. commercial kitchen called Reata on the Road. In 2002, Reata opened a facility called Reata at the Rodeo, located in the Amon Carter Exhibits Hall to serve the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. In 2007, Reata took over operation of the Backstage Club at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo renaming it Reata at the Backstage Club. In the fall of 2008, a cookbook, authored by Mike Micallef, was released called "Reata: Legendary Texas Cooking".[8][9][10][11] This cookbook is sold through Amazon and the Reata Store. In January 2010, Reata opened a Mexican cuisine based Restaurant at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. It is called La Espuela.[4]


Notable chefs[17] that started their careers at the Reata include Grady Spears, Tim Love, Brian Olenjack, and Tod Phillips.


Reata Fort Worth Sundance Square, Fort Worth, Texas
Reata at the Rodeo (operated during the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo)
Reata at the Backstage Club (operated during the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo)
LaEspuela (operated during the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo)
Reata Alpine, Alpine, Texas


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  2. ^ "Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo". 2010-02-07. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  3. ^ "Reata to take over operations at Backstage Club at Fort Worth Stock and Rodeo Show | | Dallas/Fort Worth". 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  4. ^ a b Fort Worth Business Press (2009-10-19). "Reata to offer lower-priced fare at new restaurant at 2010 stock show - Fort Worth Business Press". Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  5. ^ Fort Worth Business Press (2007-10-22). "Reata revamps Backstage Club at the Fort Worth Stock Show - Fort Worth Business Press". Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  6. ^ "Reata announces temporary restaurants going up for Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo". Topix. 2010-01-10. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  7. ^ Micallef, Mike; Hatch, Julie; Smith, Laurie (2009). Reata: Legendary Texas Cooking - Google Books. ISBN 978-1-58008-906-7. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  8. ^ a b "Reata, Mike Micallef, Book - Barnes & Noble". Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  9. ^ a b "Reata: Legendary Texas Cooking (9781580089067): Mike Micallef, Julie Hatch, Laurie Smith: Books". ISBN 1580089062. 
  10. ^ a b "Reata by Mike Micallef - Hardcover - Random House - Read an Excerpt". Random House. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  11. ^ a b "Try the Reata Chipotle Brownie from the book 'Reata, Legendary Texas Cuisine' | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Recipes | Food | Dallas Morning News". 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  12. ^ "Fort Worth Tornado: A Year Later". Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  13. ^ "Fort Worth Tornado - May 28, 2000". Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  14. ^ "Dallas Dining - Up in the Air - page 1". 2000-10-05. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  15. ^ Baker, Sandra (2001-02-26). "Article: Fort Worth, Texas, Officials Plan to Close Bank One's Tornado-Damaged... | AccessMyLibrary - Promoting library advocacy". AccessMyLibrary. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  16. ^ "Restaurant review: Reata | Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurants News and Reviews | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News". 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  17. ^ "Fort Worth Weekly - News, Entertainment, Restaurants, Music". Retrieved 2010-02-13.