New businesses to open in historic downtown Goliad

Amber Aldaco By Amber Aldaco

Aug. 22, 2017 at 9:51 p.m.
Updated Aug. 22, 2017 at 10:25 p.m.

The Inn on the Square overlooks the courtyard leading into the Mustang Cantina.

The Inn on the Square overlooks the courtyard leading into the Mustang Cantina.   Angela Piazza for The Victoria Advocate

GOLIAD - Scotty Light has seen the corner of End and South Commercial streets come a long way since he first bought the property more than 10 years ago.

While the brick building on the corner is dusty and hollow now, the plan is for the building to be brought back to life and bustling with people.

"It'll be nice to see this whole area lit up at night," Light said as he looked up at construction workers on the rooftop of what will be the Inn on the Square.

"This building has gone through quite a bit."

The San Antonio resident and his wife, Patsy Light, have been working on creating a new addition to downtown Goliad. The couple spends much of their time in Goliad - Patsy Light, whose ancestors lived in the area, is a fifth generation land owner in Goliad. Several years ago, the Lights bought the old Troy Cleaners, which is located next to their Square property. The couple discovered an 43-foot long ad for Bull Durham Tobacco painted on the wall of the exterior of the Goliad County Library. The property has since been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Lights have continued to restore historic treasures. Part of the project includes a boutique hotel, to be called the aforementioned Inn on the Square.

"It's very exciting because every day is a new day," Patsy Light said in a phone interview. "We're looking forward to sharing it with the public."

The future hotel was first built on the square in 1893, and first served as a mercantile store. Dry goods, clothing and furnishing goods were later traded out for film when the building was converted into the Goliad Theatre by new building owners. The building was then converted into a Ford Tractor business, followed by a publishing company.

The boutique hotel will have seven bedrooms, including a bridal suite looking over the Courtyard on the Square, also a part of Lights' property. It will have an elevator and ADA accessible bedrooms, French door balconies and a mezzanine looking over the lobby, which is expected to have a computer station.

Next door is the Mustang Cantina, which is nearly complete. It features a bar with an adjoining meeting room, basement wine room, dining room and kitchen.

The Mustang Cantina calls back to Goliad's history, with a glass light fixture that features early Goliad-area brands. The long-leaf pine wooden flooring in the cantina is salvaged flooring from the upper floor of the Goliad Theatre, Light said. Several of the old doors from the Goliad County Courthouse were also salvaged and are located throughout the cantina. Light purchased the doors at an auction when the courthouse was remodeled.

Another historic detail is the 100-year-old Mission rock located in the cantina's basement wine cellar. The kitchen in the cantina will be used for catering, Light said.

The idea is for the area to be used as a venue for private parties, he said. The area can accommodate about 200 people.

"If someone wants to have a party in a historic place, we can provide it," he said.

Brenda Moses, the facility manager, said she looks forward to having a new venue in downtown Goliad.

Light said Mustang Cantina is expected to be open by the first week of October and the hotel is expected to be completed in spring 2018.

"It's really impressive at night so far, and will look really nice once the hotel is finished," Moses said. "We're ready to get the business running and get our residents out here."

Mona Faust, the executive director of the Goliad Chamber of Commerce, said the venue will be another attraction for Goliad.

"We've been watching them build it and we're looking forward to when the venue is open," Faust said. "People love the Square, and the venue looks like it is going to be top-notch and be a great showplace for Goliad."

Light, who is the main designer of the venue, said the project has been an adventure and great fun.

"I think people will appreciate it, and I hope they will participate," Light said. "We're excited to be here and to provide this venue for Goliad."


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