The tour continued with a walk down main street. Klempin pointed out that the city has maintained the turn-of-the-century look for all store fronts, even if an old building had been torn down and replaced. There were no vacant or for lease store fronts on main street Grapevine.
The walking tour culminated with lunch at Tolbert’s Restaurant, a well-known Dallas eatery famous for its chile. The restaurant was moved to Grapevine by Kathleen Tolbert Ryan. Kathleen’s father, Frank Tolbert, founded the famous Terlingua chili cook-off.
After lunch the Grapevine Tourism bus picked up the group for a tour of the city. Klempin pointed out the various heritage preservation districts and how the properties have been renovated maintaining the look of the period. Home values have increased tremendously in these renovated heritage preservation districts. The last stop on the tour was the Nash Farm which was secured and restored to preserve the farming history of Grapevine.
After a question and answer time at the Convention and Visitors Headquarters, the Public Transit Service arrived and drove the delegation back to Mineral Wells They were Bill Bennett, Lisa Huffaker, Mayor Mike Allen, City Manager Lance Howerton, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ryan Roach, President of the Art Association Becky Hott, artist Carol Noeding and Barbara Manson.