Farm-to-Market Concept Under Consideration

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A food movement, popular in metropolitan areas, could soon be coming to Wichita Falls.

It has already been given the okay from the Planning and Zoning Commission.

It is a farm-to-table concept restaurant, where food is grown or raised on site and served soon after it is harvested.

The proposed Fox Hill Restaurant would be built in a historic home off Kemp, between Seymour Highway and 9th Street, on what is called Bluebonnet Hill.

Hirschi Associates said the focus is promoting a healthy lifestyle and sustainability.

Some residents are not thrilled at all about the possibility a farm and restaurant could soon be built in their neighborhood. 

“It would be a lot better because people walk back there all the time,” said resident, Jessica Gellner.

In her backyard, Darlene Assencio said she hopes this new growth on the plum tree will be able to continue for many years to come. 

Assencio lives adjacent to the property and said she is worried.

“Lot of memories. They’re in every room and it’s just coming,” said Assencio. “She drew long, maybe when she was about 3 or 4 years old. We used to have a dog and she painted that for him.”

The rezoning request is to convert the single family home into a restaurant. It does not mention tearing down the surrounding homes.

John Hirschi with Hirschi Associates said the plan is to build a farm-to-table restaurant.

“It’s a totally different concept,” explained Hirschi. “It’s a very rural atmosphere and, eventually, we hope to have trails through some of this surrounding acreage”

“If my property is not touched, then thank the Lord,” Assencio exclaimed.

Assencio said she remains skeptical and like others around Bluebonnet Hill… will be watching the Wichita Falls council’s decision closely.

The council will decide at the May 5th meeting whether to approve the rezoning. 

Hirschi said, if the council does give the go ahead, then they will purchase the land and find the right chef.

Another aspect of the restaurant would provide programs to students and others about sustainable farming.

It would also have a rain water capture pond to provide irrigation.

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