Our Story

The Mill Wine Bar & Event Venue is excited about bringing life back to the Texas Mill & Elevator Company. We are a family-owned and operated business that values faith, celebration, unique experience and the opportunity to share that with others. We are excited to offer guests a wide variety of great wines, a rotating selection of craft beer, and unique food options from our very own Mill Feed Truck. Our Feed Truck serves sharable plates and desserts Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday, with our weekly Steak Night as the food option on Thursday nights.

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Our Team

Bridget McDowell and Mindy Howard are a mother/ daughter team working together to make The Mill a great addition to Abilene.  Bridget has worked in public finance for over 28 years and lives in Abilene with her husband, Gerry, whom was the general contractor of the refurbished flour Mill.   

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Mindy Howard graduated with a Biomedical Science degree from Texas A&M before moving back to the Big Country. She and her husband Blake remain active as owners and to bring great wine, unique event space, and new atmosphere to Abilene that the Mill continues to be the premier event venue and date night location in the Big Country!


Katy Olson joined The Mill in October of 2014 when she and her husband moved to Abilene for his job as an Officer at Dyess Air Force Base. After 3 years in the Director of Events position at The Mill, she took on the role as General Manager in the spring of 2018. While getting her degree Loyola New Orleans she fell in love with New Orleans’ culture of celebration and the amazing hospitality of the people of Louisiana. Katy brings a love of a good party to the team, striving to provide Wine Bar guests with a uniquely Abilene experience through a wonderful selection of wine, craft beers, and food options from The Mill Feed Truck.


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Amber Wallace joined the Mill in 2017 as the Director of Events. She has followed her Air Force husband to Abilene for the 3rd time and they are happy to be back! Amber grew up on her family’s farm in southern Ohio and received her degree from The Ohio State University. She was the Director of Events at Topgolf in Alexandria, Virginia and then the Catering Director at Abilene Country Club before moving over to the Mill. Amber’s experience, love of wine and passion for planning a great event will ensure that the Mill continues to be the premier event venue and date night location in the Big Country!