After nearly a half century, a legendary Fort Worth burger joint is on the move: Fred's Texas Cafe is closing its original location off West 7th street and relocating to West Fort Worth.
The flagship location at 915 Currie St. will close its doors on December 31. According to a release, it'll relocate to the new, bigger space at 7101 Camp Bowie West in early spring.
They call it "the closing of a chapter and the start of a new one."
Owners JD and Gari Chandler, who've owned the cafe since 1978, are retiring and will sell the Currie Street location.
The new location will be run by remaining owners, operations manager Quincy Wallace and Terry Chandler, the couple's son.
It'll offer an upgrade on space and access, that includes:
- an extended patio
- bigger indoor dining space
- event stage
- direct lot and street parking access
The patio will feature garage doors, plus heating and cooling elements, and they'll showcase local talent on their outdoor stage.
Terry and Quincy plan to bring signature decorative elements from Currie Street location such as booths, the hallmark truck outside the cafe, and a few elements from the grill to ensure the flavor of Fred's isn't lost in their new home.
Fred's was on Currie Street for nearly 50 years, during which time an entire district, and accompanying set of parking headaches, sprung up around them.
"What JD and Gari created is more than a building," says Wallace in a statement. "It is a family of people who come in for a great meal surrounded by their neighbors and community. Fred’s has that foundation as part of its legacy."