News You Can Eat
Restaurant activity in Fort Worth has an international tone, with exciting new cuisines and openings coming soon. Here's what's new in dining this week:
Ampersand has its opening locked down. The coffeehouse-bar-by-night at 3009 Bledsoe St. in the West 7th area will open in April. The concept comes from hospitality group MRTD, which includes entrepreneur Reham Choudhury. During the day, Ampersand will function as a cafe with air-roasted coffee, specialty craft coffee, and select coffee cocktails. Ampersand has plans to bring coffee-roasting operations in-house and have a master roaster on staff. Much coffee.
At night, Ampersand will offer a unique bar menu with coffee-inspired cocktails and coffee-spirit pairings. Featured cocktails include a spin on an old fashioned infused with cold brew; the Ampersand mule, a coffee-infused Moscow mule; a spiked vanilla bean latte; and a wine milkshake called the Amy Winehouse, made with ice cream, Pinot Noir, and vanilla-infused vodka. Cocktails will be made with in-house infused liquors. A selection of local beers and wines will also be available. Choudhury has family history in the coffee business.
Mughlai Fine Indian Cuisine, the North Dallas restaurant, is opening a second branch in Southlake, in the former Red Dog Right location at 3311 E. SH-114. Owners are Southlake residents Javeed and Sonia Khan, whose friends wanted them to open a restaurant closer to home. They'll do an á la carte menu at lunch and dinner, supplemented by a buffet at lunch with vegetarian appetizers, lentil soups, chicken entrées, and a dessert. There’s also a full-service bar with beer on tap.
Tio Carlos Mexican-Latin Grill, which has had a location in Las Colinas for more than 20 years, now has a second, in a former Matt’s Rancho Martinez space, in a shopping center anchored by a Whole Foods. Along with fajitas, enchiladas, burritos, and tacos, the menu features Caribbean and South American items such as pupusas and Argentine-style steak sandwiches.
DelCiano Pinoy Cuisine is a newly opened Filipino restaurant in Arlington at 6401 S. Cooper St. Its menu includes lumpia, pork adobo, and chicken sinigang soup.
Mr. Gatti's Pizza has a new branch in North Richland Hills, at 8849 North Tarrant Pkwy., with table service, a patio, and a game room that features the world’s largest PAC-MAN game. There's a high-tech rotary, copper-tiled, fire-deck oven capable of turning out the original Neapolitan-style crust, a sourdough crust, and a new gluten-free crust. Mr. Gatti's fans will recognize many of the entrées, including traditional lasagna, the submarine, chicken parmesan, and meatballs.
Pollo Campero, the world’s largest Latin chicken restaurant chain, has a new branch in Arlington at 3755 South Cooper St.
Kung Fu Saloon, the Austin-based bar chain with a controversial branch in Dallas, plans to open a location in Fort Worth, in the West 7th neighborhood, with two Airstream trailers retrofitted into semi-private karaoke rooms.
Cantina Laredo has revamped their menu, bringing back original items from when they first opened in Addison in 1984 such as combination plates with enchiladas, tacos, and tamales, served with beans and rice. There are also new dishes including "gourmet" burritos (not the icky un-gourmet kind), portabella fajitas, and bacon-wrapped shrimp. A revamped lunch menu has daily features beginning at $7.99, from 11 am-3 pm. Six branches are located in Addison, Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco, Grapevine, and Lewisville.