With protests for justice taking place around Fort Worth, the coronavirus may be less on the forefront of everyone's mind. But Fort Worth-area restaurants and bars are still working hard to reopen their doors after months-long shutdowns.
With loosened restrictions on capacity and creative social distancing measures, many have been able to resume business in recent days. But there's also been some disappointing news of restaurants and bars that have decided to permanently close.
Here's the latest round of exciting reopenings and sad closures:
Waters, chef Jon Bonnell's fine-dining seafood restaurant in Sundance Square, will reopen June 9. Sundance Square valet parking will reopen in front of the restaurant, too. Watch an enticing video that highlights Waters' many new COVID-19 precautions here. Reservations are being booked through OpenTable.com.
Blackland Distillery reopened June 5 at 50 percent capacity under new bar manager Megan McClinton. The Foundry District tasting room's hours are 4-11 pm Wednesday-Thursday, 4 pm-12 am Friday, and 2 pm-12 am Saturday. The cocktail menu has been revamped, and curbside service has been discontinued.
Corner Bakery Cafe has reopened just four dining rooms throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, including the Southlake location, at 100 State St. Diners will find enhanced sanitation and safety measures that include spaced out furniture, masks and gloves on employees, tape marking six feet of distance, and limited access to the condiment station to one customer at a time.
Kate Weiser Chocolate reopened in the Shops at Clearfork on June 2. Precautions include robust cleaning, strict hygiene protocols, and consolidated hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 am-5 pm and Sunday 12-5 pm. Customers can also shop online at kateweiserchocolate.com.
Messina Hof has officially reopened its tasting room and wine bar for on-premise consumption in Grapevine. The urban winery features multiple tasting areas with 40 different wines, tastings, premium flights, wine on tap by the glass or growler, gourmet food items, and accessories. As of June 5, new hours of operation are 12-8 pm Sunday-Thursday and 12-10 pm Friday-Saturday.
Delaney Vineyards in Grapevine will reopen for tastings June 12. Tastings will take place Fridays and Saturdays, on the hour, from 12-7 pm. Because of social distancing rules, they strongly encourage reservations. They also ask that patrons wear face masks inside the venue. More information on appointments and safety measures is here.
Healthy Hippie Cafe, a hot spot for vegans in Watauga, is hosting a grand reopening celebration June 12-14. They are unveiling a new dining room and bar space, as well outdoor seating, an updated menu, and new hours. "We will celebrate with live music all weekend as well as menu specials and our 'Sunset Hour' cocktails," they say.
Mercy Bar & Lounge at Toyota Music Factory in Irving reopened on June 5 at 50 percent capacity. With the recent closure of Mercy Wine Bar in Addison, this is the only location left in DFW. Hours are 4-10 pm Tuesday-Friday, 4-11 pm Saturday, closed Sunday-Monday. There's live music each Friday and Saturday from 7-9 pm. Another Toyota Music Factory favorite, Mama Tried bar and live music venue, reopened June 5. Mama Tried is adhering to social distancing, with outdoor patio seating, as well as a large bar in the center of the room with a wrap-around bar that seats 30. Check the event calendar for hours and music lineup.
Dough Boy Donuts has decided to shutter its dining room on Camp Bowie Boulevard. "It definitely wasn’t an easy decision, but felt that this was a smart business decision to keep the shop going as we have not had the opportunity to welcome guests into our shop since COVID entered our lives," owners say in a Facebook post. They say they'll continue to offer curbside service and will have more news coming soon.
Alchemy Pops plans to close its doors on South Main on August 1. Through June and July, it's open weekends only, 12-7 pm. "You’re invited to celebrate this summer with me by POPping by the shop (if you feel well and safe doing so), using your gift cards, redeeming your punch cards and celebrating together for our final summer," owner Carolyn Phillips wrote on Facebook.
Twigs American Kitchen has closed its location at the Shops at Clearfork. "This crisis created a significant strain on our ability to operate the restaurant during the pandemic with the resulting loss of revenue, for which we have been left no choice," the restaurant said. They'll continue to operate their newest location in Grandscape at The Colony, where it's full steam ahead.
Cool River Cafe, the Southwest restaurant and cigar bar in Irving, has closed. Conceived in 1998, it had a major bar scene and was a favored hangout during the annual Byron Nelson golf tournament. An official statement from CRO says that "Cool River Las Colinas remains closed; the restrictions mandated to mitigate the pandemic must be further eased or eliminated before we can determine the disposition of Cool River. The success of the location has always depended on attracting groups socializing in the restaurant and lounge. Without group occasions, we have no business prospects at this time."