There is news here of grand openings, new menus, new breweries, and new cider spots. There's also a closure or two. Last but not least, there's a freebie souvenir cup being given out at Starbucks that'll get you a drink discount through the holidays.
Here's what's been happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:
Meyer & Sage is a new chef-driven meal delivery service in the Foundry District at 2621 Whitmore St., where it's offering grab-and-go salads, sandwiches, snack boxes, grazing boards, jarred items, and oven-ready meals. They're using organic pastured chicken and turkey, wild-caught seafood, and organic pastured eggs. The storefront also has local retail and unique gifts, a semi-private dining room for events, and demonstration-style cooking classes and workshops. Grab-and-go items will be delivered to their storefront Monday through Saturday.
Saladworks is opening its first DFW-area location on November 6 at 3000 E. Southlake Blvd., at the Gateway Plaza in Southlake. The specialty salad, grain bowl, and toast restaurant identified Dallas as its latest priority market, and plans to open 20 locations over the next few years.
Green Gator, a Cajun restaurant in Frisco, is opening a location at the Toyota Music Factory in early 2019. It'll be adjacent to Texas Lottery Plaza, directly beside newly signed Reservoir and across from Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Known for its family-friendly, casual atmosphere with sports and live music, Green Gator will add a special Southern New Orleans flair. Owners are Jeff Coleman and Ash Mansinghani; Coleman is also a musician.
Babe's Chicken Dinner House is opening a new location in North Richland Hills, at 6720 Northeast Loop 820, on property where the former city library and recreation center were, and before that, North Richland Hills Church of Christ. Owner Paul Vinyard told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the city requested they open a restaurant there, and that it will be their first restaurant on a highway. There'll be the trademark fried chicken, smoked chicken, and chicken fried steak. Sweetie Pie's Ribeyes, a Babe's sibling in Decatur that does steak and home cooking, will open next to Babe's in summer 2019. Babe's was founded in Roanoke in 1993, and now has locations in Garland, Sanger, Carrollton, Burleson, Granbury, Frisco, Cedar Hill, and Arlington.
The Smoke Pit, a barbecue restaurant and tavern on Belknap Street, closed on September 28. Owner Sam Gibbins will reopen another Fort Worth restaurant nearby: Sammie’s Bar-B-Q, at 3801 E. Belknap St.
Shep's Off the Hook Seafood is a new restaurant opening at 3005 University Dr. in the former Salsa Limon Universidad spot. Shep's comes from John David Shepherd, who currently owns Shep's Place and Saltwater in Weatherford. The new Shep's will serve fried chicken, fish and chips, and crab cakes.
Barrel & Bones, a barbecue joint from The Colony, has opened at 2600 W. Seventh St., in Montgomery Plaza. The menu has brisket, sausage, ribs, and chicken, along with a huge selection of whiskey and bourbon. It'll soon be joined by sibling restaurant Bourbon Street Oyster Bar & Grill.
Rogers Roundhouse is a restaurant and beer garden opening in a former air conditioning service warehouse behind University Park Village, at 1616 Rogers Rd., in early 2019. Owners are Tommy Koons and Bourke Harvey, who are celebrating the historic relationship between Fort Worth and the railroad industry. It will have a spacious patio, TVs throughout, simple yet innovative food, and 30 taps. The menu and decor will nod to the railway industry.
Cowtown Brewing Co. is a new craft beer brewery, now open at 1301 W. Belknap St., with half a dozen beers on tap and more to come. They also serve barbecue, smoked on site.
Locust Cider is a cider company now open at 710 S. Main St., from brothers Jason and Patrick Spears, who founded Locust Cider in Washington state. They'll have 10 ciders on tap with five standard flavors and five seasonals.
Ginger Man closed its location in Fort Worth at 3716 Camp Bowie Blvd. A representative confirmed that the building will be demolished.
Bartaco has a new fall menu with dishes such as miso cod taco, red and golden beets with goat cheese, beet and kale and goat cheese salad, stewed black beans with sofrito, horchata caramel panna cotta, and pozole pork stew.
97 West, a restaurant inside Hotel Drover, a Marriott boutique hotel under construction at the Stockyards, has hired Jenna Kinard, one-time chef at Max's Wine Dive in Fort Worth.
Starbucks is giving customers who order a holiday beverage on November 2 a free, limited-edition reusable red cup, while supplies last. Customers who bring their reusable holiday cup to a participating Starbucks company-owned or licensed store after 2 pm from November 3 to January 7 will get 50 cents off any grande holiday beverage.