After seven years, the TCU area loses a major weekday breakfast with the closure of the only Cafe Brazil in Fort Worth.
But there's already a replacement in the wings: local mom-and-pop restaurant Taste-N-See Chicken and Waffles.
Taste-N-See will take over the space at 2880 W. Berry St., near Texas Christian University, with an opening targeted for June.
Cafe Brazil served its last customer on Sunday, according to an employee at the Deep Ellum location. "They're moving the furniture out right now," the employee said.
Cafe Brazil debuted in 1991, taking cues from night-owl coffeehouse/restaurant combos in Austin such as Kerbey Lane Cafe and Magnolia Cafe. There are currently seven locations in the Dallas area and one in Denton, which opened in 2014.
The chain is known for its affordable prices, bottomless coffee, and for being open long hours including 24 hours on weekends. Over the years, the Fort Worth restaurant cut back its hours, little by little, until it was open only for breakfast and lunch.
Taste-N-See Chicken and Waffles plans to move into the space in June, says DeMarcus Davis, who opened the original Taste-N-See two years ago in south Fort Worth with his mother Anita Wilcox.
That location will close at the end of this month.
"We want to completely focus on the new space," Davis says. "We're planning on closing May 31 or June 1 so we can pour all of our energies into the new place."
Taste-N-See's speciality dish is chicken and waffles. Thick, Belgian-style waffles are made in-house and topped with bone-in fried chicken wings or boneless tenders, then covered in various toppings, from blueberry syrup to chocolate chips.
They also serve chicken-fried chicken, shrimp and grits, chicken spaghetti, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, housemade cornbread, and biscuits. On weekends, the restaurant is open for breakfast.
Davis says most of the menu items at the original store will make the jump to the new location. He's also planning on adding new items, such as burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more pastas.
"I'm only adding a half-dozen dishes or so," he says. "I want to keep the menu small and simple and focus on what we do best."
The restaurant will open early for breakfast, at 7 am Monday-Saturday and 10 am Sunday, and offer breakfast all day, with items such as biscuits and gravy, pancakes, breakfast burritos, and various egg dishes.
Eventually, Davis says, a full bar will be added as well.