Restaurant Shuffle

Adored Fort Worth chef relocates restaurant to prime Sundance Square spot

Adored Fort Worth chef relocates seafood restaurant to Sundance Square

Waters Bonnell's Coastal Cuisine oysters
The new Waters at Sundance Square, opening in the first quarter of 2017. Photo courtesy of Waters

West 7th’s loss is Sundance Square’s gain: Chef Jon Bonnell is moving Waters Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine from its current address on Crockett Street to the heart of downtown Fort Worth.

Bonnell will take over the location currently occupied by Mercury Chop House, which will close in August after 15 years.

Waters’ lease at West 7th is about to end, says Bonnell.

“With our lease up in August on West 7th, I wanted to find a location with a lot of character and a great presence in the community,” he says in a release. “Relocating to Sundance Square is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the timing is perfect.”

Bonnell, who is one of Fort Worth’s most adored chefs, also owns his flagship Bonnell’s Fine Texan Cuisine in southwest Fort Worth. He opened Waters in 2013 as a place to showcase seafood, a rare commodity in Fort Worth.

The new location is scheduled to open at the corner of Main and Second streets in early 2017. The 5,000-square-foot space will be redesigned to include a horseshoe-shaped bar and two wine cellars with glass fronts that will house a vast selection of both reds and whites.

A chef’s table room will seat up to 12, with views of the kitchen. Another prime perch: an updated patio, with plenty of shade and comfortable seating. Patio guests can order from the full menu and bar.

In the new location, Bonnell will keep menu classics like gumbo and the “Dirty Dozen” (one each of the 12 daily oysters on the half shell) but add new dishes as well.

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