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Is This Native Texan Country Singer Opening a Bar in Fort Worth?

Koe Wetzel’s Riot Room doesn’t have an opening date, but it is hiring

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Koe Wetzel, a country artist from Pittsburg, Texas who went to Tarleton State, is thought to be opening a bar in downtown Fort Worth.
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Courtney E. Smith is the editor of Eater Dallas. She's a journalist of 20 years who was born and raised in Texas, with bylines in Pitchfork, Wired, Esquire, Yahoo!, Salon, Refinery29, and more. When she's not writing about food, she co-hosts the podcast Songs My Ex Ruined.

After a stray tweet floated out from a Fort Worth resident with a photo, country blogs reported that Texas country artist Koe Wetzel is opening a bar in downtown Fort Worth called the Riot Room.

And there seems to be some truth to it: the website Koe Wetzel’s Riot Room is live with a list of jobs it’s hiring for that cover everything from bartenders to line cooks. No date is listed for the opening as of yet. Eater Dallas reached out to his reps for comment.

Wetzel just released a single last week with Kodak Black and Diplo called “Wasted.” Right on theme for a guy with a bar, eh?

While country musicians opening bars in Nashville has been so prolific that it’s almost expected now, with Garth Brooks and Eric Church plotting openings in the last year, Texas country stars, and certainly not those from the greater DFW area, have returned to grace our towns with any similar treatment. Perhaps Wetzel is starting a trend.