Closing Time

Fort Worth suffers spate of mysterious restaurant closures

Fort Worth suffers spate of mysterious restaurant closures

Changes are happening in Fort Worth's restaurant world. Photo courtesy of Americado

In an odd turn of events, a trio of restaurants in Fort Worth are closing, while another is vacating a longtime space for a new location. The upheaval comes at a mysterious time since holidays are approaching, and that is generally the best time of the year for restaurants.

Americado. This restaurant-food hall combination was an unusual concept that opened in April, serving Mexican street food in a Mexico-City street hall format. The initial ordering system was confusing, and the concept saw some chef upheaval, but fans liked its trompo tacos, chilaquiles, and Mexican hot chocolate made with real milk and Mexican chocolate.

Unfortunately, they didn't have enough business, and were also in a funky location. They tried to pump up the business with drink specials and a salsa night they'd recently introduced.

They announced their closure on Facebook, stating, "It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to close our doors this coming Sunday November 5. We will be taking reservations up through the 5th and we plan on celebrating with you and thanking you all in person. To all of you who planned your holiday events and parties with us after the 5th, we sincerely apologize that we won't be able to serve you."

Capital Bar. This bar and live music spot opened in the West 7th area in 2009, right before it blew up as an entertainment district, where it hosted such big-name acts as Robert Earl Keen, Charlie Robison, Radney Foster, and Robert Earl Keen.

They announced their closure on Facebook, stating, "Dear Fort Worth, it is with absolute gratitude that we say 'THANK YOU' for choosing us to serve you on all those crazy nights! But now it’s time to go." Owner Clay Mazur hinted that he'd sold out to a new concept from different owners opening in the space.

Meanwhile, they'll turn their closure into a celebration with $2.50 beers and $3.50 drinks from November 3-5.

Mamma Mia. Italian restaurant at 1000 W. Magnolia Ave. was an offshoot of the Mamma Mia on Belknap, with the same menu. It opened in 2010 in the space occupied by another Italian restaurant, Palermo's, where it served decent quality food at moderate prices. People liked its hot rolls and its BYOB status, even if the service was not so great.

Word of its closure circulated on a neighborhood page, when diners found "out of business" signs on the doors and a phone number that was disconnected; closing on the first day of a month usually indicates a rent or lease change. The Facebook page has been shut down, although the Belknap branch is still open.

St. Emilion. In 2018, Fort Worth's vintage French country bistro will move into the space previously occupied by Le Cep, which closed in September. According to an email sent out to the restaurant's mailing list, the original space needs repairs that will take six weeks, and the Le Cep location was not only available but has more room. Owner Bernard Tronche may also open another concept in the original space. St. Emilion has been open for 33 years.