A Fort Worth caterer and food trailer with a "chuck wagon" theme has found a permanent home. Called Hecho, it'll open as a full-scale restaurant in The 4 Eleven building on up-and-coming South Main Street.
The 4 Eleven is the restored 1924 warehouse and mixed-use complex, named after its address at 411 South Main St.
Hecho — which is "made" or "fact" in Spanish — is from Michael Shaddox, a Dallas native who worked in the corporate restaurant industry for nearly three decades, at places such as Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe and Hotel Crescent Court.
He moved to West Texas and launched Hecho in 2015.
"I brought it down to Fort Worth one day just to show to the family," he says. "And while I was here, I thought I'd set up and make a little money. I got a space on the Near Southside and it just took off. My heart was in West Texas but the money was here."
Shaddox calls his food a mix of Southern, Western, and Latin cuisines; his flat-iron steak is a signature. Menu items include cheeseburger street tacos, chipotle ribs, and lots of steak, including a tomahawk, filet mignon, and ribeye.
There will also be seafood, including lobster nachos and pan-seared scallops with sofrito sauce, and a rotating pasta dish.
The restaurant will host a weekend brunch with steak and eggs, pulled pork and eggs, and chicken and waffles, but with bacon-wrapped chicken lollipops.
Shaddox hired Fort Worth visual artist Sarah Ayala to create original artwork for the restaurant. "What I want to do is emulate the type of atmosphere and food you'd likely see in west Texas, right down to the artwork and interior design."
Hecho will be one of several new restaurants on South Main, a drag strip of once-abandoned, early 20th century buildings now being scooped up and rehabbed. Taste Community Project, a pay-what-you-can restaurant, opened last year. Tinie’s Mexican Rotisserie and Cocktail Lounge, a spin-off of Taco Heads, and Four Sisters, a Vietnamese restaurant, are slated to open later this year. The Bearded Lady is in the process of moving from Magnolia Avenue to South Main. Also forthcoming is the Tarantula Tiki Bar.
The 4 Eleven is home to three new retail stores: LTO, a furniture and decorative store; floral shop The Greenhouse 817; and upscale gift boutique Winton & Waits, a upscale gift boutique. Popsicle shop Alchemy Pops opened there in March.
Shaddox will open Hecho in two stages, with a patio bar opening in late July, and the restaurant in the fall. He says he's thrilled to be part of the scene.
"What’s happened on Magnolia Avenue is now happening on South Main," he says. "This part of Fort Worth is one of the most desirable for new businesses, especially restaurants."