A massively successful bar-restaurant venue is about to open in Fort Worth: Bottled Blonde Pizzeria + Beer Garden, the Arizona-based concept that combines bar, restaurant, and open-air outdoor space, is opening a location in Fort Worth's West 7th entertainment district, at 2821 Morton St., in what used to be a commercial office space and parking lot.
According to a spokesman, doors will open on Thursday, March 24 at 8 pm, and if it's like any other Bottled Blonde location, then Fort Worth can get ready to party.
Bottled Blonde Fort Worth is part of Evening Entertainment Group (EEG), the Arizona company that owns a portfolio of restaurants and bars in cities such as Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tucscon, Miami, and Dallas — home to the first Texas location of Bottled Blonde, which opened in 2017.
The concept was created by EEG founders Les and Diane Corieri, and has been a windfall wherever it goes. In Dallas, its overwhelming success has been a juggernaut, single-handedly spawning an entertainment zone near Deep Ellum, attracting half a dozen bars that have opened in its wake.
Its combination of food & drink, TVs & entertainment options, and expansive outdoor space have proven to be an irresistible formula, especially post-pandemic when outdoor spaces have become increasingly important.
In a statement, Les Corieri describes Fort Worth's huge patio as "more like a casual communal picnic area," with a large bar outside.
"Bottled Blonde is designed like an East Coast brewery, with large patios right up to the sidewalks, with very warm and inviting interiors, a lot of craft and local beers, and high-quality food," Corieri says.
The 9,000-square-foot restaurant will host PPV events like UFC, boxing, and other sports, with two 20' x 10' projection screens, a 15' x 7' LED wall, and more than 50 TVs.
Their menu is modern Italian, with from-scratch recipes, including salads, artisan sandwiches served on house-baked bread, and pizzas, which are especially popular.
Highlights include grilled Brussels sprouts with bacon, pine nuts, and Balsamic reduction; and signature pizzas such as the Carnivoro with Italian sausage, pepperoni, Bolognese sauce, and mozzarella.
They also do a serious brunch, with dishes such as Butterfinger French toast with whipped cream, Butterfingers, Texas toast, and Nutella cream cheese. The kitchen is helmed by chef Joe Absolar.
Like the Dallas location, Bottled Blonde Fort Worth joins an adjacent outdoor-driven venue called The Backyard, giving Bottled Blonde a footprint that extends from Foch Street (where Backyard's front door faces out) nearly a block down Morton Street, just short of Currie Street. The Backyard opened in late 2021.
Fort Worth will be home to the fifth Bottled Blonde, joining Dallas, Miami, Scottsdale, and Houston, and joins EEG's larger lineup of restaurants, bars, and ultra-lounges such as Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails, Chauncey Social, Casa Amigos, Skylanes, RnR, Backyard, Bevvy, and Sandbar Mexican Grill.