Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines.
1. Fort Worth's Hotel Drover debuts as ritzy Stockyards retreat with fun backyard surprise. The long-awaited Hotel Drover will debut March 22 in the touristy Fort Worth Stockyards, ready to host out-of-towners from San Antonio to San Francisco. But with five snappy bars, a chef-driven restaurant, and a sprawling backyard entertainment area that opens to the Trinity Trails, the upscale “urban ranch oasis” will be the coolest new hang for locals, too.
2. Where to drink in Fort Worth right now: 6 new bars that opened bravely amid the pandemic. Opening a bar during the best of times brings enough trials. Opening a bar during a pandemic? Well, that’s reserved for some brave souls. Here are six new bars you might have missed, all opened during the pandemic’s ugly wrath.
3. Retro-inspired Barbie truck pops into Fort Worth for one day only. Barbie is kicking it old school during her Barbie Truck Totally Throwback Tour, which rolls into Fort Worth on Saturday, March 20. The truck will park at The Shops at Clearfork from 10 am-7 pm, so fans of all ages can peruse merchandise and mingle with other Barbie lovers.
4. Southern restaurant from Dallas Cowboys chef debuts near Arlington stadium. A prime location in Arlington across the street from AT&T Stadium will soon be home to Ella B's, a new restaurant featuring Southern and Cajun food from a former Dallas Cowboys chef. Ella B's is a mom-and-pop venture from Patricia and Patrick Whitfield, and will occupy a space at 1004 N. Collins St. that's kitty-corner to the stadium.
5. Dallas-Fort Worth nails ranking as second busiest home construction market in U.S. New single-family homes are popping up like mushrooms around Dallas-Fort Worth, with the region nailing down its status as one of the busiest home construction markets in the country. Data from the National Association of Home Builders shows DFW issued 43,884 construction permits for single-family homes in 2020. That puts DFW at No. 2 among U.S. metro areas for single-family construction permits.