The Ranch at Fall Creek to add classic car museum in Spicewood

Frank Davis, The Ranch at Fall Creek developer, said he hopes to have the first shows in its outdoor entertainment space at 26905 W. Hwy. 71, Spicewood, in May and host indoor productions at the site by late 2016.

The multi-structure project, The Ranch at Fall Creek announced in mid-2015, includes the 5-acre outdoor venue The Backyard at Fall Creek, the 20,000-square-foot indoor Fall Creek Music Hall and organic store Fall Creek Farmhouse as well as a new addition—the Austin Auto Museum.

The museum will offer American classic cars on display and promoters will foster the buying and selling of such automobiles, Davis said. The site will feature auto events and shows for up to 300 vehicles, he said. 

Fall Creek Farmhouse The store will offer fresh, organic foods as well as a relaxing atmosphere for patrons to drink a glass of wine or a cup of coffee.[/caption]

“There’s an extreme amount of different [classic car] clubs in the Austin area,” he said. “We’re going to try to be the main destination in Austin for classic car enthusiasts.”

Davis is searching for a local brewpub to pair with the indoor music hall and add on-site brewing, he said.

“The Fall Creek Music Hall will be a very intimate music venue similar to [Austin City Limits] or the Moody Theater but in a rustic country atmosphere,” he said.

The indoor hall will accommodate 1,800 people, and the outdoor venue will recreate the original Backyard at Bee Cave on Hwy. 71 that existed two decades ago, Davis said.

The Farmhouse will feature locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables; Texas-made jams; wines; jellies; Texas-grown meats and organic chickens, he said.

“We really want to be the heart of the community,” Farmhouse partner Kathleen Henderson said. Henderson owns the Tomato Happy Hour produce market in Spicewood.

The store will also feature a wraparound porch stocked with board games and rocking chairs for guests to relax and mingle, she said.

“We want people to be able to hang out—to come here and leave better,” Henderson said. “Mind, body and spirit is my mantra. People are hungry for it, and we will feed them in more than one way.”

Davis said he is still obtaining permits for the project, but anticipates the permit process to be complete in January. He said he expects construction to begin on the outdoor venue in March and on the project’s museum and farm store in February. 

Austin Auto Museum Developer Frank Davis’ plans for The Ranch at Fall Creek project include a classic car museum.[/caption]

Although the venture hit a roadblock when nearby residents—citing potential traffic, noise and safety concerns—protested the Travis County Commissioners Court granting permits to the development, Davis said he has tweaked his design to address these concerns.

“After meeting with the community and Travis County commissioners, we’ve made revisions to the [project] plans to accommodate the desires of the community regarding traffic and noise,” he said.