Another transformation is set for Fort Worth’s unique Southside.
The historic O.B. Macaroni building at 108 Maryland Ave. will be overhauled to become a new home for some popular local brands: Craftwork Coffee Co., MELT Ice Creams and W Durable Goods.
The redevelopment project is being led by M2G Ventures’ co-owners and sisters Jessica Miller Worman and Susan Miller Gruppi, the real estate development group behind several buildings in The Foundry area just north of Montgomery Plaza.
The website Architecture in Fort Worth says that early South Side businessmen Louis Bicocchi and Giovanni founded the Fort Worth Macaroni Co. in 1899 – the name was changed in 1959 to O.B. Macaroni Co. for “Our Best” – and either built or acquired the Maryland Avenue property in 1905.
The renovated OB Mac space will be aimed at other Fort Worth businesses.
For Craftwork Coffee Co., the new space gives the company the capability of producing 1,500 pounds of coffee per week to supply distributors and vendors for individual and corporate consumers. Craftwork has two retail locations that are a combination coffee shop and workspace.
Beginning in June 2017, local leather company, W Durable Goods will move into OB Mac for its home base for production. The new space – complete with funky shaped rooms, original pasta-making signs and raw industrial feel – will allow production of a new and expanded selection of vintage inspired attire, stationery and home decor products.
MELT Ice Creams has already begun plans for its kitchen move into OB Mac in the fall of 2017. The company will use OB Mac as a larger on-site kitchen to produce even more pints of made-from-scratch ice cream.
– FWBP Staff