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Don't read this roundup of Fort Worth restaurant news on an empty stomach

Don't read this Fort Worth restaurant news roundup on an empty stomach

Pretty enchilada at Mexican Inn Cafe. Mexican Inn

Maybe grab a snack because this roundup of restaurant news around Fort Worth is brimming with tasty tidbits: exciting new openings, beloved re-openings, promising new menus, enticing new cocktails, and alluring new limited-edition items.

Here's the latest Fort Worth restaurant news:

Salad and Go is opening three locations in Dallas-Fort Worth. Two are in Arlington: 938 N. Cooper St., which opened July 29, and one at 4828 S. Cooper St. on August 22. There's also a store opening in Rowlett at 3201 Lakeview Pkwy. on August 4. The Arlington stores are located near Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and the University of Texas at Arlington. Rowlett is in the Lakeview Market near the Timberlake Shopping Center and Baylor Scott and White Medical Center – Lake Pointe.

Golden Chick opened a new location in Euless, at 100 S. Industrial Blvd., by Trinity High School. This is the chain's third location in Euless.

The Mexican Inn Cafe has reopened its location in Keller at 680 S Main St., which closed for a few months in the aftermath of the pandemic. The Henderson Street location is also closed but for remodeling, and will reopen in late 2022. The chain's other eight locations are all open.

Dwell Coffee & Biscuits has closed its Fort Worth location, but according to a Facebook post, the space is being taken over by Overflow Coffee, a Hillsboro shop that, in addition to coffee, also does desserts such as cakes, pies, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, and scones, plus take-and-bake dishes such as chicken Cordon Blue casserole as well as vegan grab & go options. The original Dwell in Old Town Burleson is still open.

Fred's Texas Cafe has extended its hours and is now open seven days a week at both locations on Camp Bowie West and Western Center.

Zonk Burger, known for its vegan burgers, has a new menu item with a summery theme: Called the Ziçoise salad, it has market tomatoes, green beans, new potatoes, olives, and chickpeas — like a Nicoise salad but without the fishy tuna.

Jeremiah's Italian Ice, a chain that serves ice cream, Italian ice, and gelato, is opening a location in Keller at 2122 Rufe Snow Dr. #102. The location includes a drive-thru that was approved by Keller City Council. There are currently five locations in DFW in Melissa, McKinney, Frisco, Lewisville, and Addison.

Tre Mogli Cucina Italia in near Southside has a new Happy Hour menu featuring bruschetta, burrata, crudo, carpaccio, cacio & pepe fritters, calamari, prosciutto melon, salumi & cheese, arancini, and marinated olives. Drink specials include Peroni drafts, select wines, cocktails on draft, a rotating cocktail feature, and half off Amaro & Limoncello. Their Happy Hour menus are available for bar service only and not offered on their regular menu. Happy Hour hours are 3-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday in the bar only.

Rusty Taco has a new limited-time shrimp taco and infused margarita – both featuring pineapple. The Tropical Shrimp Taco has fried shrimp, Thai chili sauce, grilled pineapple relish, and slaw on a flour tortilla. The Pineapple Habanero Margarita is the brand's first infused cocktail, combing the heat of habanero peppers with sweet pineapple juice. They're available through September 5.

Pollo Campero, the Guatemalan-born chicken chain, has a new menu item: Spicy Chicken Sandwich, which you can get grilled or fried, topped with Habanero Mayo sauce and served with pickles on a brioche bun.

Dog Haus has a new item, co-created by YouTube personality Sam Zien, aka "Sam the Cooking Guy": Called The Uncle Morty, it's a beef patty with white American cheese, mustard-grilled pastrami, dill pickles, caramelized onions, and garlic aioli on King's Hawaiian Rolls, available through September 30.

The Cheesecake Factory has a new cheesecake flavor: Classic Basque Cheesecake. Created in San Sebastian, Spain more than 30 years ago, it's a unique, crustless cheesecake with a burnt top and an creamy, custard-like center, with sweet caramelized notes.

Mi Dia from Scratch has a Margarita of the Month for August: "La Mayor Passion," with tequila, hibiscus, passion fruit, and mint. The Flight of the Month features El Mayor Silver, El Mayor Reposado, and El Mayor Añejo. Available at all three locations in Plano, Grapevine, and Flower Mound.

Truluck's Director of Culinary Brian Wubbena has created three spice mixes to simulate a restaurant-quality meal: Blackened Seasoning, Superior Steak Seasoning, for any protein or veggie combination, and Garlic and Herb Seasoning. Each 3.2-ounce jar is $10 and is available at

Legends Hospitality has a new culinary team at Toyota Stadium: Executive Chef Erika Dabney and General Manager Kristy Rempel. Dabney is Executive Chef of the Stadium, while former Executive Chef Rex Turner is District Chef for Legends Hospitality guiding culinary for Toyota Stadium, home of FC Dallas and The Star in Frisco, the Dallas Cowboys world headquarters. Dabney was previously at Ochsner Training Facility, the practice complex shared by the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.

Lorene "Renie" Steves, a beloved food figure in Fort Worth and beyond, passed away on July 21 at her home; she was 86. Steves was a wine writer, cookbook author, and food stylist who founded Cuisine Concepts, a cooking school. She was also a wine columnist for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Fort Worth Business Press.