With the end of the year in the wings, we're seeing sad closures in the restaurant world. But there are burgers and breakfast to lift your spirits. Here's what's going on in Fort Worth dining news:
Piattello Italian Kitchen will open on January 14 in Fort Worth’s new Waterside development. This is the second restaurant from chef Marcus Paslay, following Clay Pigeon Food & Drink. Piattello's menu will feature antipasti, soups, salads, and housemade pastas and pizzas. Executive chef is Scott Lewis, who studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Dallas and worked for Julian Barsotti at Nonna, Carbone, and Sprezza.
On January 2, Piattello Coffee Bar will debut, serving beverages from Avoca Coffee Roasters, plus muffins, pastries, and yogurt parfaits.
In-N-Out Burger is opening a new location in Denton, at 2835 W. University Dr., in a new development just off I-35 and west of the University of North Texas. It represents the 21st location in the DFW area but is the first in Denton. Now college students will not be required to drive to The Colony or North Tarrant Parkway in Fort Worth if they are craving over-hyped chain burgers.
Fuel City has opened a branch in Haltom City. The original branch in downtown Dallas of this one-of-a-kind gas station is nationally known for its street tacos and longhorns penned in the back.
Cacharel Restaurant in Arlington closed after 30 years. The restaurant, which sat in an unusual location on the ninth floor in an office building across from Six Flags Over Texas, occupied a special niche as Arlington's major fine-dining restaurant. Co-owner Hans Bergmann told the Fort Worth Star Telegram that "it was just time." The restaurant closed before the holidays, on December 18, in order to clean out the space before the lease expired on December 31.
Seven Mile Cafe from Denton has opened a location in Keller, in the former Keller City Hall space at 110 W. Vine St. This is the third branch following a second in Highland Village. The original opened in Denton in 2012 and is popular for its wholesome breakfasts and lunch, with signature dishes that include the sampler of pancakes from flavors such as blueberry and banana Nutella. The chain is also a popular destination for vegans with dishes like vigas, a twist on migas, with tofu and soyrizo.
DeVivo Bros. Latin Fusion, the Southlake spinoff of Keller restaurant DeVivo Bros. Eatery, has closed. The Southlake restaurant opened in spring 2016 at 2777 E. Southlake Blvd., a space that was once occupied by Apeizza e Vino. The closure was announced on Facebook, with a note from the owners saying they were going to focus on DeVivo Bros. Eatery in Keller and their Hook and Ladder Pizza Co. pizzeria.
Swiss Pastry Shop, the Vickery Boulevard diner-bakery, discontinued its dinner service. Owner Hans Peter Muller says he was grateful for the good reviews and happy customers, and thankful to his staff, but "the sad truth is that we were rarely busy and could not continue." The restaurant returns to its previous hours for breakfast and lunch, and its infinitely popular Black Forest cake.
Le Cep Restaurant launched a new menu in December, with dishes such as salmon in puff pastry and duck with wild rice. Guests can choose an eight-course menu, available Tuesdays-Saturdays; or a four-course menu available Tuesdays-Fridays. An a la carte option is offered Tuesdays-Thursdays. Le Cep also offers an after-dinner wine flight. The Parisian-style fine-dining restaurant in the heart of the Cultural District updates its menu every six weeks.
Stir Crazy Baked Goods will appear on the January 1 episode of Cooking Channel's Unique Sweets. "In Fort Worth, Texas, a neighborhood shop called Stir Crazy Baked Goods offers up the most delicious cookies, pies, scones, and even quiches," it says. The episode airs at 9 pm. That show loves Dallas-Fort Worth — other businesses that have been featured include Melt Ice Creams, Kate Weiser Chocolate, Hypnotic Donuts, and Cake Bar.