On Environmental Responsibility
With such a delicate natural resource a stone's throw away, Chef Tim Love knew he had his work cut out for him in operating a restaurant that was a responsible neighbor.
Foremost, Chef Love's thoughts went straight to the materials used by patrons. Knowing that loose napkins, glass bottles, and paper plates are a river's worst nightmare, Love eliminated their use completely from the Woodshed. All dishware and flatware is washable (no disposables). Our napkins are washable cloth rags that are quite efficient and wind resistant. Drinks are served in reusable glassware, beer in aluminum cans and bio-degradable plastic cups for wine and draft beer.
While wood burning isn't the greenest of methods, we've made a conscious effort to help offset our emissions. The Woodshed's lack of a power hungry central AC unit helps in this way, offsetting ozone busting refrigerant emissions that normally consume over 25% of a restaurant's yearly electricity use. Cool air is provided from strategically placed fans throughout the Woodshed, and we also ensured the preservation of existing shade trees on the riverside to help provide shade in the hot afternoon hours of a Texas summer. The unique outward opening overhead doors become canopies when open and will provide plenty of cool air for the patrons inside, even on a late August day.
We also have future "green" plans, including electric charging stations in our parking lot and a bike sharing/rental program!
Going "green" isn't just about recycling, however. It's also about how you live your life. This is why we are happy to welcome runners and bikers from the Trinity Trails into our restaurant, because we know healthy living equals happy living. In conjunction with Luke's Locker Fort Worth, we sponsor two monthly fun runs.
5 Mile or 5k Fun Run - Every 3rd Saturday of the month, we run along the trails east towards the former Love Shack So7 location. The 5 Mile or 5k Fun Run is an early morning run, taking advantage of the cool weather and beautiful sunrises along the trails.
The Moonlight Margarita Run - This is our evening run, a wonderful way to wind down after a hard day on the grind. We run west towards Bryant Irvin Rd, and a cool frozen margarita awaits you upon your return. And why do we run west in the evening? Sunsets, baby! Sunsets!