Restaurant News Roundup
Fort Worth gains a round of fun restaurant openings and more dining news
This roundup of restaurant news around Fort Worth has some promising openings, a sad closure, and some new menu items at established restaurants.
Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:
Pizza Snob, the trailblazing pizzeria, closed its location in Fort Worth near TCU on March 10, after nine years. They made the announcement on Facebook, stating that "our commitment to providing you with the highest quality products has now allowed us to absorb the significant cost increases we've experienced in food and operations over the last two years." They noted that "we have recently raised our prices, but we believe we have reached our price limit in this location. COVID took a large chunk out of us and we do not believe we can compete with some of the lower priced places that surround us." They still have a location in Denton at 320 W. Hickory and are also exploring new locations.
Quince, which has been proclaimed the "No. 1 Rooftop Restaurant in the World," has an opening date for its Fort Worth location: According to an Instagram post, it'll open on March 27. The concept was founded in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where it opened its first location in 2016. It'll open in WestBend where it's anticipated to bring a chic but casual atmosphere, flavors, and flair to the riverfront mixed-use landscape.
Koe Wetzel's Riot Room, the high-energy country bar and restaurant that's a collaboration between musician Koe Wetzel and food & beverage veteran Emil Bragdon (Whiskey Garden, Reservoir, Your Mom’s House), is said to be opening softly on March 16 at 1100 Foch St., in a spaced previously home to The Dogwood, Punch Bowl Social, and Times Ten Cellars, with a menu of American comfort food executed by chef Chad Burnett featuring creative input from Wetzel.
Golden Crown is a sweets shop that opened in 2022 in North Richland Hills, at 8700 N. Tarrant Pkwy. #103, where they're doing something a little different: an Asian-inspired combination of fat cookies, mochi doughnuts, and bubble tea. The cookies and doughnuts are sophisticated because they're not quite as sticky sweet as traditional American sweets. Mochi doughnuts are the eye-catching rings with "bubbles" that are chewy and light, with less gluten, available here in flavors such as glazed, cinnamon sugar, mango, strawberry shortcake, vanilla Fruity Pebbles, matcha, and ube. Their cookies are chunky and some have fillings, such as the apple cinnamon cookie topped with a scoop of diced apple preseves. They change their lineup of flavors every week so there's always something new. Cookie flavors include treats such as Milk Chocolate Chip, Lemon Earl Grey Pecan, Tiramisu Cream Cheese, Caffe Mocha, Oreo S'More, Nutella Biscoff, Hoc Cocoa, and Choco-Pecan.
Tiger Sugar, a boba tea shop that's part of a Taiwanese chain, has opened a location in Arlington, at 2515 E Arkansas Ln. #151, in a former yogurt shop next to Thanh Thanh Vietnamese restaurant, just off 360. This is the second DFW location, following the original that opened in Carrollton in 2020 and the third in Texas (the other is in Houston) of what is a cult favorite thanks to its eye-catching signature brown sugar bubble tea, which features drizzled brown sugar syrup that runs down the inside of the cup - a concept that's been copied by many others since Tiger Sugar's debut in 2017. Life moves lightning-fast in the boba tea world.
Salata, a built-to-order salad kitchen, is opening a location in Euless at 2401 SH-121 #100, where it will offer customizable, built-to-order salads, wraps, soups, organic teas, and lemonades, be prepared and chopped daily in-house with five salad bases, 50-plus toppings, and 11 house-made dressings. The grand opening is March 23.
Branch & Bird, the restaurant atop the Sky Lobby Level of Frost Tower, has reopened after completing renovations they initiated in mid-December, transforming the interior into a more luxurious and cozy space. They've also "revitalized" the menu with new pastas, redfish, carpaccio, and tostadas, and new $14 daily specials for lunch Monday-Friday from 11 am-2:30 pm such as King Ranch casserole and blackened salmon with spaghetti squash. They're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and host live music, as well.
Cinnaholic has three new offerings for spring, available March 21–June 19: Lemon Icebox Pie Roll with lemon frosting lemon zest, and pie crumble; Coconut Cream Pie Roll with French vanilla frosting, coconut custard, graham cookies and pie crumble; and Lemonberry Coffee Cake filled with lemon juice and fresh blueberries, topped with streusel, and lemon glaze. Lemony.
Yogurtland has refreshing flavors for spring including Strawberry, Alphonso Mango Tart, and Pistachio. New toppings include seasonal fresh fruit, popping boba, mochi, and limited-edition rainbow nerds. Their March specials include Lucky Irish Mint Frozen Yogurt, made with real mint; and a colorful Rainbow Nerds topping. The self-serve froyo chain has a dozen locations around DFW.
McDonald's is giving its Crispy Chicken Sandwich a Mc-Name: McCrispy. They introduced the sandwich in 2021 and are now adding it to their revered stable of "Mc"-named items such as McNuggets, McMuffin sandwiches, and McFlurry desserts. For a limited time, they're rolling out two McCrispy sandwiches: Bacon Ranch McCrispy, with a crinkle-cut pickle, and the Bacon Ranch Deluxe McCrispy, with tomato and shredded lettuce. How long that limited time is, they do not say.
Chipotle has launched Chicken al Pastor, a new chicken option featuring sweet and spicy notes of adobo, morita peppers, ground achiote, pineapple, and lime. It'll be available for a limited-time worldwide, how long that time is, they do not say.
Blue Bell ex-CEO Paul Kruse pleaded guilty for introducing listeria-contaminated ice cream products to customers in 2015. He pleaded to a misdemeanor charge over food safety violations and will pay a $100,000 fine. Unfortunately, he'll do no jail time. He entered the plea following a mistrial last year, just as a second jury trial was about to begin on April 10. Kruse was accused of conspiracy and fraud for suppressing information about a listeriosis outbreak in 2015 in which 10 people were sickened and three died.