“Lord make us good, but not right now,” said Jim Courtright, Fort Worth’s bad-tempered ex-marshal and gambler who walked both sides of the law. His sentiments summed up the ongoing battle for the soul of Hell’s Half Acre. Gamblers, outlaw gangs and thrill seekers sought pleasure and excitement — until things got out of hand. Reformers, progressives and righteous folks fought to turn Hell’s Half Acre from its evil ways – until of course, it affected the town’s bottom line.
This “sinners & saints” scenario battles it out in the design and mood of the Acre Distillery. Coffee drinkers in the light of day can reflect on the design of a more virtuous Hell’s Half Acre. As day gives way to night, the darker components of the distillery play out in lighting, mood and the overall design of the bar and tasting area.