Fort Worth had a big week for restaurant openings, highlighted by the debut of Gemelle, the new Italian restaurant from celebrity chef Tim Love, which drew long waits on its opening weekend.
But the food news doesn't stop there. Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:
Derek Allan's Texas Barbecue has opened at 1116 8th Ave., in the Medical District, with a menu that includes Wagyu brisket, beef ribs, pork ribs, as well as craft and draft beer. Barbecue has been Derek's passion. He began with a food truck and set up in Grapevine where he built a dedicated following. They make everything — even their own vanilla for their desserts. On the side, they launched Dirty Dalmatian Rubs, designed to create a delicious bark on smoked meats. They're open Tuesdays-Saturdays.
Townhouse Brunch is a new restaurant at 5509 Colleyville Blvd., in Colleyville, in the former Celebrity Cafe & Bakery space. They specialize in breakfast, lunch, and brunch, including bloody Marys and mimosas, serving unique twists on American classics, such as Oreo pancakes, shrimp & grits, fruit explosion French toast, eggs benedict, salads, and sandwiches. They do decadent pancakes piled high with fruit and other toppings, such as strawberry cheesecake pancakes, with cream cheese sauce, sliced strawberries, and crumbled graham crackers. The owners also own Barney's Brunch House, which has two locations, in Frisco and The Colony.
Original Chop House Burgers, the Arlington burger restaurant from chef Kenny Mills, will reopen at 2502 Little Rd. Mills sold the restaurant, which was originally on Park Row Drive, then left to work at Cooper's Meat Market and Hammbone Willy's. The Chop House will open in June.
FireHouse Gastro Park is a combination restaurant-bar-coffee house newly opened in Grand Prairie, serving chicken sandwiches, burgers, BBQ, tacos, fries, and nachos. Chicken sandwiches come in varieties, such as a Cali bird with bacon and avocado; a bleu with blue cheese; a Buffalo with Buffalo sauce; and a Nashville-style hot chicken. Located at W. Main St., it also has a full bar with cocktails and beer on tap.
Golden Chick has a new location in Irving, at 3511 Regent Blvd. This is their second location in Irving. They're also opening locations in Fort Worth's Ridglea Village and in Burleson. The restaurant's parent company, Golden Tree Restaurants, recently named Jim Stevens as the new president of Golden Chick, who takes over after one year as a Golden Chick franchisee. Former president Mark Parmerlee will continue as chairman of the board and president of Golden Tree Restaurants, which oversees The Jalapeño Tree, Fireside Pies, Texadelphia, JC’s Burgers, Heff’s Burgers, Lola’s, and Happy Taco.
Del Frisco's Grille has a limited-time menu featuring three new burgers with fries paired with wine from the Bordeaux region. The Blanc is a turkey burger with pear mostarda, brie, roasted garlic aioli, and arugula on a toasted brioche bun served with Chateau Peyrat, Graves Blanc. The Château is a 6-ounce house-ground filet mignon burger with goat cheese, tomato jam, caramelized onions, roasted garlic aioli, and spring mix on a toasted brioche bun served with Chateau Tour Bayard, Montagne-Saint Émilion. The Légende is a 6-ounce house-ground filet mignon burger with mushroom, raclette, black garlic aioli, truffle vinaigrette, and arugula on a toasted Kaiser roll, served with Légende by Domaines Baron de Rothschild, Médoc. Available at all DFW Del Frisco’s Grilles for $25.
Sauce Pizza & Wine has launched two seasonal specials. The watermelon & arugula salad has watermelon, feta cheese, jicama batons, arugula, and spinach in white balsamic vinaigrette. The Summer Sampler special includes a salad, 12-inch pizza, and two glasses of wine for $22. Available June 1-August 31 at three Texas locations: 8185 Walnut Hill Ln. in Dallas, 7300 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving, and 1151 S. Preston Rd. in Prosper.
Café Valley, a bakery brand, has partnered with 7UP on a new line of bite-sized cakes called 7UP Cake Bites. Like little mini-cupcakes, they bites are moist, light and tangy, with a lemon-lime 7UP flavor.