Billy Bob’s Texas-Sized Feud

Billy Bob’s Texas, part of Fort Worth’s Historic Stockyards and known as the world’s largest honky tonk for more than 35 years, has a Texas-sized family feud on its hands, with some members of the ownership group threatening to put the famed nightclub into receivership.

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A hearing into a temporary injunction intended to prevent GM Concho Minick from being fired started May 30, an action supported by his father, Billy Minick – who managed the place for 22 years before handing the keys over to his son.

A suit has been filed in Tarrant County Civil Court by the younger Minick following disagreements about how the club should be run and the receipt of a letter from other owners asking him to resign the post, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegraph.

A complicating factor could be fissures formed within the group over controversial plans to redevelop the Stockyards to include new restaurant and office space. Brad Hickman, one of the owners behind the effort to remove Concho Minick, is also behind a $175 million Stockyards redevelopment.

“We tried to settle it outside [the courtroom] and were unsuccessful in getting that done,” attorney Stephen Pezanosky told the paper. “The filing of this lawsuit was a last resort. There has been an ongoing deadlock among the owners of the company and he [Concho Minick] has been caught in the middle of it.”

District Judge Mike Wallach issued a temporary restraining order preventing Concho Minick from being fired, but he and members of the local Murrin family own about a 25 percent stake in Billy Bob’s and also seek the appointment of a receiver to possibly sell the place if the issue can’t be resolved to their satisfaction.