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Fort Worth's only food hall undergoes reboot to make it less food hall-ish

Fort Worth's only food hall does reboot to make it less food hall-ish

Crockett Hall
Less food hall-y, more restaurant-y. Photo courtesy of Crockett Hall

Fort Worth's food hall, which first debuted in December 2018, has undergone a major reboot that includes a new name, new eateries, new operators, new management, and a redesign of the space.

All they need now are new customers, and the circle is complete.

Once called Food Hall at Crockett Row, it's now named Crockett Hall, and has reopened with 15 food and beverage options, 11 of which are new.

Food options include poke, burgers, barbecue, pizza, pasta, pot pies, tacos, salads, sandwiches, coffee, cocktails, and a neighborhood mini market.

The "brains" behind the re-do is Bruce Russo of B. Russo Designs. If you like fix-it videos, you may be familiar with "Build It With Bruce," his YouTube series showing the projects he's built.

In a statement, Russo explains that the goal was to de-emphasize the food hall concept.

"The new Crockett Hall provides a true 'restaurant' experience, as opposed to the food court model it originally opened as," Russo says. "Not only do we offer 15 total artisan food and beverage options, we invested heavily in high-end finishes, gorgeous lighting, comfortable seating, and flexible, on-trend spaces for folks to sit, relax and stay awhile."

Russo did the initial construction of the food hall in 2018, which he documented on video. Now he and his team have removed walls and partitions and installed new lighting, custom millwork, marble finishes, redesigned bar, lounge areas, work stations, plush seating, reconfigured dining spaces, expanded patio space, and new garage doors.

There is free Wi-Fi and fluid indoor-outdoor spaces, complete with a new covered paseo area.

With open spaces and outdoor seating areas, the venue is also friendly for social distancing and a contactless experience.

Newbies include:

  • Crockett Row Coffee – Neighborhood coffee shop with Italian Illy espresso and baked goods
  • Salurrito – "Salad wraps," featuring build-your-own salads and burritos with fresh ingredients
  • Polly's Pot Pies – Pot pies savory and sweet including chicken with mushroom, Texas peach, and Florentine quiche
  • Piccolo Italia – Neopolitan-style pizzas, and pastas made with imported Italian flour and freshly made dough
  • Cheeseapalooza – Grilled cheese sandwiches, specialty mac & cheeses, and quesos
  • Clayton's Grill – Burgers, wings, chicken fingers, and crispy chicken sandwiches
  • Joey's Hot-or-Cold Sandwiches – New York-style sandwiches with deli meats and cheeses
  • Cantina Paseo – Bar with cocktails, draft beer, and wine
  • Crockett Hall Mini Mart – Local groceries, grab-and-go food, household supplies and toiletries, charcuterie board meats and cheeses, and beer and wine to-go

Two more are coming in late summer:

  • Fort Worth Popcorn Company – Gourmet popcorn in flavors such as jalapeno, cheddar cheese, and caramel nut
  • Taco Paseo – Tacos with beef, pork, chicken, fish, shrimp, veggie, and breakfast options

Prevailing oldies include:

  • Aina Poke Co. – Hawaiian poke bowls by chef Kevin Nguyen Ho
  • Not Just Q. – Barbecue place with brisket, ribs, chicken, turkey, pork, and sides
  • Shawarma Bar – Mediterranean street food offering roasted meats and customizable shawarma bowls with fresh toppings
  • Val’s Cheesecakes – Cheesecakes with options ranging from cookies ‘n cream, classic strawberry, and banana pudding

Parking is a big issue in Crockett Row. It includes street parking (free for two hours) and covered garage parking (free with validation).

For delivery, Crockett Hall has partnered with ChowNow, or you can order online for pickup and delivery at www.CrockettHall.com. One good thing: You can order off one comprehensive menu, preferable to making a series of individual orders to each vendor.

Current hours are 11 am-8 pm daily.

Crockett Hall is part of Crockett Row at West 7th, located at the southeast corner of West 7th Street and University Drive. In addition to the new Crockett Hall, Crockett Row at West 7th encompasses five blocks of boutiques, salons, spas, movie theater, restaurants, and bars. Crockett Row at West 7th is managed by Vestar.