Soft pretzels are on the rise in Fort Worth with the opening of Ben's Soft Pretzels, a new eatery at the Food Hall at Crockett Row at West 7th.
According to a release, Ben's is an Amish-inspired gourmet pretzel bakery, serving pretzels that are nearly twice the size of other soft pretzels. They're made from scratch daily and feature salt that's been imported from Germany. Imported salt, what will they think of next? You can get them with your choice of 11 dipping sauces, as well as assortment of "bake and shake" toppings.
A signature item is their pretzel dog with an all-beef frank and Swiss cheese inside a pretzel.
Ben's opened its first brick-and-mortar location in 2008 inside the Concord Mall in Elkhart, Indiana. They began franchising in 2013, and currently have 75 bakeries in eight states. Most of their locations are centered around Michigan and Indiana. Fort Worth is their first location in Texas.
They're also in Walmart stores and have partnerships with athletic teams such as the University of Notre Dame and Purdue.
The release says that Crockett Row will also welcome Hiatus Spa + Retreat, Toasted Coffee + Kitchen, and Concrete Cowboy Bar later this summer. Secret Med Spa, Stirr, and Voicebox Karaoke are coming in the fall.
More immediately, Hooker's Grill, the Stockyards staple, will open inside the Food Hall by the end of July.
Hooker's is known for its burgers, Coney hot dogs, Frito chili pie, fries, loaded tots, milk shakes, coke floats, and beer and wine. Their onion-fried burgers won a reader's choice award for best burger in Fort Worth magazine. They'll take over the space vacated by Knife Burger.