Beloved Fort Worth chef Lanny Lancarte has always skillfully rolled with whatever's going on and in 2021, that means ghost kitchens: The chef is unveiling a new venture called Fantasma Kitchens that will feature three of the hottest cuisines: Mexican, Italian, and fried chicken.
According to Lancarte, Fantasma will open in September in a former church at 1300 Gould Ave., on the North Side of Fort Worth.
"Last year taught us that delivery and to-go are here to stay," Lancarte says. "We are looking to elevate that experience using our fine-dining background and making high quality food more accessible to Fort Worth from our headquarters on the North Side."
The three concepts are as follows:
Eat Fajitas. This was Lancarte's first foray into ghost kitchens, which he launched in 2020 out of his Righteous Foods' kitchen. The menu includes sirloin, chicken, veggie, and combination fajitas, plus sides such as queso, guacamole, and cheese enchiladas, plus churros, paletas by Melt Ice Creams, and margaritas. The sirloin was one of Texas Monthly's favorite dishes of 2020.
El Pollo Tocayo. The menu is still being finalized but will spotlight fried and/or al carbon-style chicken, smoked or fried, "pollo Mexicano" delivered right to your door, as their Facebook page says.
Pizza Zapasta. This will be an Italian concept with in-house rolled pasta, handmade pizza, and salads.
Fantasma Kitchens will also include Fantasma Spirits, serving pre-mixed craft cocktails carefully made with unique flavors.
All of Lancarte’s concepts will maintain his made-from-scratch focus with the use of high-quality ingredients and artisanal methods. And all three concepts housed at Fantasma Kitchens will have the Mexican flair for which Lancarte is known.
After working at his family's legendary restaurant Joe T Garcia's, Lancarte launched Lanny's Alta Cocina, a fine-dining, award-winning restaurant. In 2014, he embraced/pioneered a healthy trend that was just beginning to brew and opened Righteous Foods in the Museum District, serving healthy food and drinks. A visionary and innovator, he's always pushed the envelope, opening concepts ahead of the curve.
When the pandemic hit, he launched Eat Fajitas, a concept he had been working on since 2018, which he originally did out of the Righteous Foods kitchen until he found a unique facility in an old church on the North Side of Fort Worth to house and offer his to-go and delivery options.
All offerings from Eat Fajitas, El Pollo Tocayo, and Pizza Zapasta will be ghost only: available for pickup, curbside, or through their self-delivery, which will service select neighborhoods in Fort Worth and be delivered by the staff to ensure the food is fresh.
To avoid the use of third-party apps, orders can be placed on the three brands' unique websites as well as through their new user-friendly apps.