A longtime Texas country music venue is coming back onto the scene. This time, it’s taking up residence in Plano. W.W. Fairfield’s Bar & Grill will reopen its doors with a new location and new owner in early April, giving locals a place to grab a drink, listen to live music and enjoy each other’s company.
The beloved Richardson bar originally opened in 1978 and was a staple for North Texas music lovers. New owner Laura Gadness, a born-and-raised Planoite, was a regular at W.W. Fairfield’s before the original owners closed it down in 2017 due to legal troubles. She hopes to bring the treasured bar back to life.
“It’s such a deep piece of history in the Metroplex and up in this area,” Laura said. “Forty years for a Texas country bar is a long time to stay open.”
Laura hopes to reconnect with the bar’s regulars and give them back the neighborhood bar they have been missing for the past two years.
“I first took line dancing classes there,” Laura said. “I just loved the people who went there. I loved the country music. It had a good Texas feel.”
W.W. Fairfield’s Bar & Grill will be located at 2001 W. Spring Creek Parkway, in the previous location of Local Public House. Laura is completely renovating the place, which includes an outdoor patio.
She grew up down the road from this spot, so she’s excited to bring another live music option to her hometown. A lawyer by trade, she grew up in the restaurant business, working at bars on Sixth Street in Austin while in school.
“I feel like I’m returning to my roots,” she said.
Laura hopes to expand on what W.W. Fairfield’s was known for by building out a more extensive menu.
“They kind of let the food program go [at the old location],” Laura explained. “I was excited about making a new food program. Even though it’s a bar, it’s still a restaurant.”
W.W. Fairfield’s will offer an array of handhelds including burgers and Sloppy Joes, a childhood favorite of Laura’s.
W.W. Fairfield’s will host its official grand opening weekend April 26-27, which also marks Laura’s 40th birthday weekend. So she invites old and new W.W. Fairfield’s fans to come out and get a feel for the place. The celebration will have live music including Keith Mitchell Band.
“I already have a lot of relationships with bands,” Laura said. “I’m just excited to have more music up north because most of the places that play country music are in Dallas.”W.W. Fairfield's Bar & Grill >