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A Texas ice house with a modern twist

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With a full bar and more than 30 beers on tap, the owners of Lucy Cooper’s Ice House (top photo) say there is something for everyone including the popular tin-can nachos (above). Photos by Collette Orquiz

Wanting to combine Southern hospitality with a love of traditional Texas watering holes led a husband and wife to create Lucy Cooper’s Ice House.

Braunda Smith and her husband, Jesse, want the new business to be a place where neighbors get together for food, libations and fun.

“It’s a comfortable spot for everyone to meet. It’s not intimidating, it’s not ostentatious,” Braunda Smith said.

Texas ice houses have been around since the 1920s and the Smiths said they’ve updated the concept for 2019.

Lucy Cooper’s Ice House opened in mid-December at 16080 San Pedro Ave. It’s named for the fictional alter ego of Braunda Smith.

“I’m very Southern, I want to feed you. I’m very hospitable, I want to take care of you, but I can sit and have a conversation with (anyone) and that’s who I want her to be,” Smith said. “If Lucy had a man cave or she-shed, this would be it.”

Eats include burgers, wings, sorta pizzas (a mixture of flatbread and traditional pizza dough) and the popular tin-can nachos.

“I tell you, if you can’t find something to eat here, you’re in the wrong spot,” Smith said.

Brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.

Drinks include signature and classic cocktails. Smith’s favorite is Lucy’s Limeade, described as a cherry limeade with an adult twist.

There are 30 beers on tap with local craft options. Customers can also find about two dozen selections in cans and bottles.

Hours are 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The kitchen closes at 10 p.m. during the week and

11 p.m. on weekends. Sorta pizzas are available every night until 1 a.m.

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