Austin burger restaurant chain hops into Fort Worth's crowded field
Better burger chain Hopdoddy Burger Bar is expanding to a town that's already rich with burgers: Fort Worth. The Austin-based chain will open its first location in Fort Worth in fall 2017.
Hopdoddy is going into the Left Bank, a residential and retail development along West 7th Street, situated on the banks of the Trinity River between downtown and the Cultural Arts District.
The chain is known for its list of variety burgers, hand-cut Kennebec fries, and fancy milkshakes. Unlike similar chains such as Liberty Burger, Hopdoddy has a full bar with house-made liqueurs and fresh-squeezed juices. Founded in 2010, it has 16 locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Texas. Fort Worth will be the fourth DFW branch.
The other three run in a tony line along the Dallas North Tollway, with one in Uptown on McKinney Avenue, another in Preston Center, and a third at the Village on the Parkway by Addison.
They've been well received in Dallas, but when it comes to burgers, Dallas is no Fort Worth, which already has its share of favored burger joints including Kincaid's, Fred's, Dutch's, and Hopdoddy knock-off Rodeo Goat.
West Miller, president of Centergy Retail, says that the urbanism that West 7th Street is experiencing evokes similarities to South Congress Avenue in Austin. "We feel Hopdoddy couldn’t have selected a better location for its first Fort Worth store," he says.
At Left Bank, Hopdoddy Burger Bar will be neighbors with a Tom Thumb coming soon, as well as 1,500 residential units, office space, a hotel, and a park.