“The History of Cattlemen’s as I remember It”
By Mozelle Roach
Widow of Jesse E. Roach, Founder
We first were going to lease out the restaurant but later decided to close it down and make it larger and run it ourselves. From the beginning Jesse liked the restaurant business. He quit practicing law and left the running of the insurance business to me and devoted all of his time to the restaurant. It seemed as if every few days he was remodeling something or adding something to improve the business. We had a carpenter that worked full time for us for many years that did nothing but build or change things in the restaurant. We built a barbecue pit and hired a good barbecue cook and started selling lots of barbecue. We then decided to turn the restaurant into a Steak House instead of it being another cafe. We traveled all over the country until we found several places that could supply us with aged, corn-fed, heavy-beef. We had the steaks flown in once or twice a week and built a large cold storage locker for them in the basement. In the dinning rooms we built broilers with glass display cases in front so that the customers could pick out their steaks and see them cooked over charcoal.
Business started getting better and better so we bought the lots next door and added another room and built party rooms in the basement.
Since 1947 we have owned and operated four other restaurants, The Farmer’s Daughter, Inc. Fort Worth, Texas; Cattlemen’s Steak House, Inc., Live Oak, Dallas, Texas; Cattlemen’s Restaurant, Inc., Preston Center, Dallas, Texas; Cattlemen’s Cafe, Inc., Arlington, Texas; but I believe our favorite was the Cattlemen’s in Fort Worth, Texas ”
Jesse E. Roach passed away Feb. 14, 1988. Mozelle Roach operated the restaurant, as absentee owner until June 8, 1994 at which time a group of experienced international restaurateurs purchased the assets and business of the Cattlemen’s Steak House Inc. Renaming it Cattlemen’s Fort Worth Steak House Inc.®
Presently, not a day goes by that we don’t hear a story about the restaurant and what an important part of history we have been for so many families. Lunch with Grand Dad or a favorite uncle after delivering cattle for the sale, first dates, engagements, graduations, airplane engines designed on the back of our placemats, birthdays, and on and on. Having an up-coming special event? Let us help you start your own traditions at Cattlemen’s Fort Worth Steakhouse.