A venerable Fort Worth restaurant is leaving its longtime location and seeks help from the public in finding a new address.
Reata, which has been a downtown staple at 310 Houston St. since 2002, is facing the expiration of its lease in 2024, and wants to be prepared with new digs.
According to a release, the lease expires in June 2024, which gives the restaurant two years to find a new location, one they may have to build.
Reata has a storied history: It was founded by Al Micallef, owner of the CF Ranch, who opened the first Reata Restaurant in Alpine in 1995. Reata Fort Worth opened in 1996 atop the Bank One Tower, and famously survived a tornado in 2000 that wreaked havoc on the building. Reata left the tower in 2001 for its current location. From the release:
Never one to be stopped for long, Reata responded rapidly to customers’ requests by opening Reata on the Road catering and event production. Two years after the tornado, Reata Restaurant proudly opened its new doors over Memorial Day weekend in 2002, with its same award-winning Western cuisine but also with more room, more staff and more heritage under its belt. The four-story location in downtown Fort Worth rings in at nearly 20,000 square feet, including a rooftop bar, geodesic dome and patio dining.
Reata, which just earned a nomination in CultureMap's annual Tastemaker Awards for 2022 Restaurant of the Year, also operates three satellite locations during the annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo: Reata at the Rodeo, Reata at the Backstage, and La Espuela.
According to NBC 5, one of the big issues the restaurant has is with the price of valet parking.
Owner Mike Micallef told NBC 5 that valet parking was initially free to guests, with the restaurant paying the fees of $3, then $4 per car. "Now, the new management wanted to charge $7 every 30 minutes, $21 max, plus fees. And that's something that we as Reata could not support," he said.
A spokesman for Sundance Square said that restaurants have the option to pay for part (or all) of their customers' valet parking but that Reata does not participate in this program.
The restaurant is seeking a building with 12,000 to 20,000 square feet, with space for up to 200 parking spaces, or alternately, two acres of undeveloped land. Get looking, people!