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Fort Worth restaurant picks up the beat at Toyota Music Factory

Fort Worth restaurant picks up the beat at Toyota Music Factory

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New things are coming to Toyota Music Factory. Rendering courtesy of Toyota Music Factory

There's more new restaurant activity happening at Toyota Music Factory, including a savior who will go into the Big Beat space, plus two new siblings to Sambuca, the restaurant-jazz bar.

According to a release, all three venues will open by the end of 2018.

Reservoir, a Fort Worth restaurant, will take over part of the space vacated by Billy Bob Barnett, who abruptly closed his Big Beat Dallas venue at the end of May.

Reservoir is owned by Emil Bragdon, president and CEO of Funky Lime Hospitality Concepts, who opened the original Reservoir as well as Whiskey Garden, another bar concept.

A graduate of Irving's MacArthur High School, Bragdon calls Toyota Music Factory "a perfect fit" for Reservoir.

"Our food and beverage program at our location in Fort Worth's hot West 7th District has been a testing ground for us the past six years," Bragdon says. "Our chef has been outstanding, and our product has evolved – I couldn’t be prouder. Now to be able to launch our second location less than a mile away from where I grew up and went to junior high and high school is a little surreal."

Violet Room is an upscale restaurant-bar from Kim Forsythe, owner of Sambuca. It will have a similar duality as Sambuca, with an "immersive" dining experience and seasonal menus with creative plating and execution.

Located at 316 W. Las Colinas Blvd. #100, it will have a large stage as the focal point, offering a brilliant display of sight, sound, texture, and experience with a wide range of entertainment events.

The performance venue has been dubbed the Rayleigh Underground.

Kitchen 101, a fast-casual concept that offers grilled, made-to-order meals for dining in or to grab and go, is another Kim Forsythe concept opening by the end of 2018.

Sambuca currently has locations in Plano, Houston, and Nashville. The longtime location in Uptown Dallas closed in February 2018 after a dispute with the landlord over issues with the building.