By Madison Stout—
City Limits and The Agave Bar and Grill, celebrate 20 years in business this year. Owners V.W. and Cynthia Stephens run an operation that is unique and sprawling, but hangs on to its small-town feel.
“We are a restaurant club and banquet facility that caters to all ages — family owned and family operated with customer service as our primary focus,” Cynthia said. “We are in the business of making memories.”
The owners decided that Stephenville needed a bar and dancehall, so in 1994 they opened one. Over the years they added to the original City Limits — The Agave Bar and Grill, The Cabo, the City Hall Banquet Facility, The Erath Grape and Modern GraphX. City Limits and The Agave have gone through some changes as well. The owners have switched over to nonsmoking facilities and are in the process of adding more modern technology to the establishment.
The Agave offers daily lunch specials such as stacked enchiladas, catfish, popcorn shrimp or the popular “heart attack burger”– it’s topped with fried ham, bacon, Swiss cheese, onions and mushrooms.
Nightly specials draw in many customers as well. Tuesday is Texas Country night with beer specials, half-price appetizers and Texas country music; Wednesday is Whiskey & Wine night with specials on whiskey and wine, open mic night in The Agave and pong in Cabo; and Thursday features beer specials and a live DJ spinning music.
“V.W. loves working, loves building and loves City Limits,” Mrs. Stephens said. “We believe in what we do. We believe in supporting our community, schools and employees. Why has our business survived? V.W. enjoys his customers!”
The customers also seem to enjoy him. At 68, the lively and personable V.W. shows no signs of slowing down. He greets his customers and makes them feel welcome from the moment they walk in the door.
Across town at Tarleton State University, many students also give the place rave reviews. College students head to City Limits for the bands, the specials and the unique sense of place. They also said they like the atmosphere, how friendly everyone is and the sense of belonging.
As Tarleton student Benton Witt put it, “After a crazy week at school, it is a great place to go and have fun with your group of friends and other fellow Texans.”