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New taqueria docks in Fort Worth with fruity cocktails and fresh fare

New taqueria docks in Fort Worth with fruity cocktails and fresh fare

Bartaco is coming to WestBend. Photo courtesy of Bartaco

A new taqueria called Bartaco will make its Texas debut in a mixed-use development in Fort Worth. The concept, operated by Barteca Restaurant Group, will open at WestBend, the University District mixed-use development, and it will serve inventive tacos and cocktails in a spacious spot overlooking the Trinity River.

Inspired by a healthy, outdoor lifestyle, Bartaco combines fresh, upscale street food with a coastal vibe in a relaxed environment. The minimalistic décor is light and breezy, with the air of a rustic beach shack. The cuisine is rooted in tradition and pulls from a broad palate of spicy, bold flavors from the Mediterranean, Asia, and beyond.

Barteca CEO Jeff Carcara has lived in the Fort Worth area for the past four years. "We've spent a lot of time in the neighborhood," he says in a release. "While there are a lot of great taco places around, we believe we bring something a little different to the table."

That something at the table includes tacos with fish, chicken, pork, and vegetables, plus grilled corn and fusion rice bowls. Its cocktails are fetching, with watermelon and other fruity options such as the recently introduced chai mezcalita cocktail, made with mezcal, tequila, house-made chai syrup, fresh lime juice, salt, and a star anise garnish. Patios are on the menu, too.

Parent company Barteca was founded in 1995 and includes Bartaco and sister chain Barcelona Wine Bar, a Spanish tapas bar with about a dozen locations. Bartaco is more casual, serving upscale street food with a coastal vibe, and has branches in Connecticut, New York, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee.

In Fort Worth, Bartaco will join other restaurants at the complex including East Hampton Sandwich Co., HG Sply Co., Silver Fox, and Zoë’s Kitchen. WestBend is undergoing a redevelopment with new retail, restaurants, office space, a public art program, bike racks, and outdoor seating along the Trinity River and Trinity Trails.