Biscuits are ready at Fort Worth's favorite pop-up turned restaurant
Fort Worth's buzzy biscuit-themed restaurant pop-up has set the date: Hot Box Biscuit Club, which has been hosting monthly brunch pop-ups at restaurants around town for nearly three years, will open at Main + Broad, the mixed-use project at 313 S. Main St.
A release says that it'll open on October 1, serving breakfast and lunch, Tuesday-Friday, 7 am to 2 pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 7 am to 3 pm.
Hot Box, a collaboration between Sarah Hooton and Matt Mobley, has been a runaway smash and heart-warming Fort Worth success story since it debuted in November 2016, when the pair began hosting pop-up brunches at various locations — events that sell out in minutes.
Hooton attended the Culinary Institute of America, where she received a degree in baking and pastry. She has worked as a pastry chef in New York; London; Portland, Oregon; Austin; Dallas; and Fort Worth for 20 years.
Mobley attended the Art Institute of Dallas and worked in several restaurants in Dallas and Fort Worth before landing at Le Cordon Bleu as a culinary instructor, where he taught for 10 years.
Hot Box began as their collaboration to spotlight Southern cooking, their favorite style of food.
The restaurant will be full-service with 65 seats, offering breakfast and lunch. The menu is a highly creative affair, featuring signature biscuit sandwiches with sassy celebrity names such as the Paris Hilton, which has a buttermilk biscuit, fried chicken, hot sauce, and honey butter; and The Big Boi, with pickle-brined fried chicken and pimento cheese.
The Dolly Parton has fried chicken brined in sugar cane, with sausage gravy and cheddar cheese. There are deviled eggs, fried chicharrons, and fried green tomatoes in a corn flake crust.
Sides include okra, chicken fat fried rice, mac and cheese, grits, and a potato dish that's like a combination of tater tots and hash browns. There's a "wedgie" salad; pimento cheese hush puppies; and smoked gouda dip with saltines.
Desserts include Mary's Chocolate Cream Pie and Sarah's Buttermilk Pie; forget ye not that Hooton is a career pastry chef.
The shop will also offer grab-and-go foods, as well as jams, Mattie's pickles, and Vernon's pimento cheese.
Hot Box Biscuit Club will continue to offer catering options for small private parties — and, if you really just gotta have that frenzy, they'll be doing pop-ups at their location at night with limited, set menu events.