It’s not “goodbye,” it’s “see you later.” That’s the hope for these Fort Worth restaurants that have chosen to cease all operations amid the COVID-19 outbreak, which has forced bars and restaurants to close their dining rooms.
Some attempted curbside pick-up and delivery, even offering alcohol to-go. But many say that take-out dining did not allow them to keep the lights on.
Here’s an ongoing list of who’s gone dark — just temporarily.
The South Main Street frozen pops purveyor sold out and decided to shut its doors until it's safe to gather again.
Clay Pigeon Food & Drink
Chef Marcus Paslay's acclaimed restaurant has closed its doors for now. "With recent developments, we feel that it is in the best interest to temporarily cease operations, for the safety of our employees and guests," the chef-owner said on the restaurant's Facebook page.
Chop House Burger Euless
While the Euless burger spot is closing its doors temporarily, Chop House Burger Fort Worth will remain open for pick-up and delivery (via Doordash, Favor, and Caviar platforms) from 12-9 pm, Sunday-Saturday, with a special menu. All emergency workers, police officers, and fire fighters will receive a 30 percent discount, parent company DRG Concepts says.
All locations nationwide of the sports bar and restaurant chain, including Fort Worth’s outlet at the Shops at Clearfork, are closed until at least March 31.
Opened just weeks ago in its highly anticipated new Forest Park Boulevard location, the Tex-Mex restaurant has closed indefinitely despite initial attempts to offer curbside pick-up. UPDATE: The restaurant will reopen for curbside pick-up service on Thursday, April 2, they announced on Facebook.
Fred’s Texas Café
The 40-plus year-old burger institution has closed all three of its Fort Worth locations indefinitely, stating in a Facebook post that takeout, curbside, and delivery sales were not enough to offset costs. “We make this move to close our stores now, in the hopes of reopening in a few months after the virus threat is no longer,” the post says.
While Tim Love’s Italian-inspired West Fort Worth restaurant has closed until further notice (as well as Lonesome Dove Western Bistro), fans of the celeb chef can still order Love’s “Bring Love Home” package online, which includes four heat-and-serve family meals (each serves four) for $150 delivered. Woodshed Smokehouse remains opens for pick-up and delivery.
J&J Oyster Bar
Shucking oysters for more than 40 years, the seafood dive is ceasing operations with “the sincerest hope” of reopening, a Facebook post says. “We were happy to offer takeout service, but sales were not enough to offset operational costs.”
Piattello Italian Kitchen
The popular Waterside restaurant in southwest Fort Worth has decided to close temporarily. "With recent developments, we feel that it is in the best interest to temporarily cease operations, for the safety of our employees and guests," chef-owner Marcus Paslay says in a post on the restaurant's Facebook page.
While the Clearfork restaurant has temporarily halted all services, curbside pick-up and delivery is still available at its sister restaurant, The Tavern Bar & Grill.
River Oaks Cafe
The River Oaks eatery tried curbside and takeout, but in a Facebook post on March 23, they said sales were not enough to offset costs. "We make this move to close our cafe now, in the hopes of reopening in a few weeks or months after this virus threat is no longer," the post said.
The restaurant will temporarily close, effective 9 pm March 31, they posted on Facebook. "We believe closing now gives us the best chance to open back up when it is safe to do so," they say.
Seven Mile Café
The breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot has closed its Fort Worth and Keller locations, although the Denton location remains open for delivery and pick-up. “We hope to see all of your smiling faces again once city officials give us the go ahead to open back up,” says a Facebook post.
The nine-year-old diner in far north Fort Worth diner has closed indefinitely. "Due to the restrictions placed on restaurants because of COVID-19, sales are just not enough to sustain remaining open," they said in a Facebook post.
Stirr Fort Worth
Stirr Fort Worth, Stirr Dallas, and Stirr Addison closed on March 17 until further notice. "We remain hopeful that we will be allowed to reopen soon, and continue to serve you, which is and remains our favorite thing to do," their post says.
As of March 21, SusieCakes has temporarily closed all of their bakeries throughout California and Texas, including Fort Worth's WestBend location. "They will reopen as soon as there is a change in the current climate, but for now they will remain closed," a spokesman says.
Sweet Lucy's Pies
The Fort Worth pie company has decided to cease operations at this time. "We are so grateful to our customers and other wonderful Fort Worth businesses who continue to support us in the endeavor of great pie," they said in a Facebook post.
Taco Heads and its brand new sister restaurant, Tinie’s Mexican Cuisine, have both closed. Tinie’s closure is indefinite, while Taco Heads claims all operations will cease for two weeks. “The safety of our employees and customers are way more valuable than to-go margaritas,” a Taco Heads Facebook post says.
The Beignet Bus
The popular food truck that serves hot beignets and afe au lait posted on Facebook that it would not be rolling for now. "We want to err on the side of caution," their post says. "Will will miss serving you and can't wait to see your faces when we all flatten this dang curve!"
The Black Rooster Cafe
The Black Rooster has suspended operations for now. In a March 14 Facebook post, it said, "We have not made this decision as a result of fear or panic, but one guided by common sense and reason in our desire to protect and mitigate from further spread of COVID19. Our organization has committed to paying our employees through April 5, 2020 in the event we remain closed for an extended period of time."
The Lunch Box
The Lunch Box has ceased all operations and closed to the public for the time being. However, beginning Tuesday, March 24, they will have 200+ free lunches available each weekday to anyone in need, including first responders, healthcare workers, laid-off service industry, or anyone who could use a free meal, they announced in a Facebook post. It comes with a sandwich, chips, fruit, and cookie.
The downtown Fort Worth Tex-Mex restaurant has closed temporarily. "Following all city, county, state, and federal government directives, we are working with each of our employees through this unprecedented business impact," a spokeswoman for parent company DRG Concepts says.
Stephanie Allmon Merry contributed to this story.