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Fort Worth restaurant vet to open burger joint in former dive bar space

Fort Worth restaurant vet to open burger joint in old dive bar space

Howell, a GM at 203 Cafe, knows her burgers (like this 203 bacon-cheeseburger). 203 Cafe

Gigi Howell, a Fort Worth restaurant veteran, is opening her own burger joint. Called JD's Hamburgers, it'll be located at 9901 Camp Bowie West, a space previously occupied by bars such as Last Call and Randi's Knotty Pine Saloon.

According to a release, it'll open in early spring.

Howell, whose resume includes 203 Café, Cattle Raisers Museum, and Reata Restaurant, is opening the restaurant as a tribute to her grandfather and homage to the tight-knit Westland neighborhood where the burger spot will reside.

She's partnering with investor and long-time friend Bourke Harvey, along with Joanna and Brendan Bennett, and Holman Harvey.

JD's menu will feature:

  • classic cheeseburger
  • specialty burgers
  • appetizers
  • desserts

The menu will also include dishes Gigi grew up making with family members such as salmon patties, deviled eggs, fried apricot pies, and banana pudding.

It'll have a full bar with specialty cocktails and a few custom beverage items by these purveyors:

  • Martin House Brewing Company will create a beer called the Westland Rattler on draft to honor a snake found in the building prior to construction
  • DeCoty Coffee will provide "A Taste of Westland" coffee blend

The restaurant-bar will comprise 2,000 square feet with limited indoor seating but with a big outdoor space that includes a large backyard, picnic tables, and a stage for live music.

A kitchen is being built in an exterior shipping container and will be delivered with all appliances intact. That's the way to do it.