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Catch up on openings and closings in this Fort Worth restaurant news
This has to be one of the most packed editions of our Fort Worth restaurant news roundups ever. There's an unprecedented amount of activity going on in Fort Worth, with a rush of openings and closings as the year comes to an end.
Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news.
Twilite Lounge Fort Worth is sadly closing, after six years. The New Orleans-themed neighborhood bar in the Near Southside district, which featured live music throughout the week, announced that their final day of operation would be Tuesday December 5. Co-owner Jimmy Morton said that "the crowds just aren’t showing up like they use to. And can’t blame them if it’s personally financial. I loved the element of live music but it just became unsustainable." He and his wife and co-owner Monika went out with grace, inviting customers to come say goodbye to the staff - "they have been extremely awesome to us and we would not have made it this long without them," they said - as well as offering an opportunity for local musicians and comedians to play on their stage one last time. "This community has been very good to us over the years and each and every one of you have made our time here unforgettable," they said.
Lola's Fort Worth, the music venue on Berry Street closed on November 30, after 16 years. Owner Brian Forella opened Lola's after having operated the well respected Wreck Room for 10-plus years before it was forced to close doors due to city development along 7th street. He opened Lola's to the void when the Wreck closed and create a platform for local/regional and national bands. "Fort Worth has been wonderful to us through the years with love and support through thick and thin. I want to thank every single employee that has ever worked for Lola's, without you 16 years would have not been possible," he said. "The life blood of the place was them and of course the amazing talent of every musician in the town that played our stages."
Emilia's, the restaurant at the new Crescent Hotel in Fort Worth’s Museum District, is now open with pastas, steak, and seafood. Chef is Preston Paine, who previously worked for Exxir Hospitality and also appeared on Food Network’s Ciao House; plus sous chef Marcus Kopplin, most recently of Clay Pigeon. In addition to Emilia's, there's the Blue Room, a fine dining option within Emilia's which will open in January 2024, and The Circle Bar, a bar in the hotel lobby. The menu is uber-meaty with mussels, beef tartare, zucchini fritters, pizzas, sweet potato-lobster bisque, a raw bar, house-made pastas, pork chop, and a $79 Prime ribeye.
Dayne's Craft Barbecue is opening its new location in Aledo on December 6, replacing their location on Camp Bowie. Insiders have already been out to the new location for pre-opening peeks, sharing photos of trays loaded up with BBQ, burgers, and sides.
Heim Barbecue & Catering has opened their fourth location in Burleson at 139 W. Ellison St. on December 2. They're known for their bacon burnt ends, as well as the usual brisket, ribs, and sides. Burleson is special because it has a second-story rooftop patio that boasts a full bar, kitchen, and live stage.
Papis Tacos and More is a new taqueria serving San Diego style-tacos, crunchy tacos, breakfast tacos, breakfast all day long, tacos de birria, birria ramen, tortas, burritos, chilaquiles, enchiladas, and menudo on weekends. They opened on November 21 at 3520 Alta Mere Dr., in southwest Fort Worth, just north of the traffic circle, in the space previously occupied by The Dive.
Tres Betos Taqueria has opened at a new location at 2306 NE 28th St by I-35, just a block west of the Old Tres Betos, where it is serving its ceviche, shrimp cocktail, and birria tacos, with its original charm and quality but with service in a nicer, bigger space.
Blue Mound Cafe - Rufe Snow will open a location at 6455 Hilltop Dr. #101 in North Richland Hills, in the former Yum Yum Kabobs near Whataburger on December 5 at 6 am. This is the third location for this locally owned and operated restaurant concept, joining locations on Belknap and in Saginaw.
First Watch has signed a lease at Waterside, the mixed-use property in southwest Fort Worth. where it will be near REI, Yoga Six, Club Pilates, Cycle Bar, alongside Cava, Whole Foods Market, F45 and Piattello Italian Kitchen. It's slated to open in early 2024.
Magnolia Bar and Grill is opening at the Holiday Inn Trophy Club featuring a menu by chef Rodney Dabon of "YesChef" fame. Soft opening is penciled in for January 6, with a grand opening in February.
Leaves, a book and tea shop that opened on 120 St. Louis Ave. five years ago, is moving. In a Facebook post, the shop explained that 2023 has not been an easy year and they'll be moving back to Magnolia Avenue, occupying a space inside Stir Crazy at 1251 W. Magnolia. Their last day on St Louis will be December 16, and they'll reopen inside the bakery in the New Year. "We have loved our location, with the courtyard and amazing neighbors, uniquely positioned near South Main and downtown. It is such a special place to us, and we hope it has been a special place for you," they said.
Which Wich Superior Sandwiches introduced a new menu featuring 50+ sandwich options and an array of 50+ toppings, offering customers the ability to create their own one-of-a-kind sandwich creation. The brand is going back to its "custom sandwich shop" roots with sandwiches ranging from top-quality deli meats to seafood, plant-based protein and vegetarian options.
Thirsty Lion has launched a new seasonal holiday menu that includes Parmesan panko crusted halibut, seared scallops with cilantro jasmine rice, and filet mignon with white cheddar mashed potatoes. Seasonal cocktails include espresso martini, maple old fashioned with High West American Prairie Bourbon, and Tito’s winter white cosmopolitan.
Snooze A.M. Eatery has a new festive holiday menu served through January 3 that includes cranberry orange pancakes with orange custard, candied cranberries, and cranberry mascarpone; short rib and Gruyere polenta with roasted sweet potatoes & kale, savory sofrito, mushroom-beef gravy, and sunny-side egg; a vanilla cranberry cosmopolitan; and cranberry orange Snoozius with vanilla cranberry juice, OJ, and whipped cream — vodka optional.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar has a burger of the month for December: Three Wise Men, featuring three patties with Fontina cheese between each, plus garlic mayo on a toasted onion bun. They also have a limited-edition Caramel Pecan Cake Shake. Both are available December 6-January 2. Three patties: It's almost enough to make you think Dallas is filled with barbarians who will only eat meat.
Tiff’s Treats has new filled cookies including PB&J (peanut butter cookie with raspberry jam) and decadent Double Chocolate Salted Caramel (Double Chocolate cookie filled with dulce de leche and sprinkled with sea salt). They're available in a combo package where you get a dozen filled and a dozen classic for $43.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille has a 3-course senior menu for 65+ before 6 pm, available daily for $39. First course offers choices from wedge, Caesar, field green, pear & candied pecan salad, French onion soup, or lobster bisque. Second course offers choices from pork chop, filet mignon, salmon, chicken oscar, vegan skillet chopped steak, or fried shrimp. Third course is side dish or dessert from a choice of cheesecake, chocolate crunch tower, crème brûlée, whipped potatoes, creamed spinach, or chargrilled vegetables.
McDonald’s of North Texas has two limited-edition sauces on the menu: McDonald’s Sweet & Spicy Jam, a jammy red pepper dipping sauce with apple cider vinegar, Szechuan peppercorn, and cayenne pepper; Mambo Sauce, a tomato-based sweet, spicy, and vinegary sauce inspired by the regional Washington, D.C. area sauce staple.
Dunkin’ has launched the Texas Dunkin’ Community Cruiser, a mobile coffee truck that delivers free samples of hot and iced coffee directly to local community events. The Texas Dunkin’ Community Cruiser follows in the footsteps of several successful Cruiser programs built throughout the country over the last 10 years.
Salata, the salad chain, has launched of bottled salad dressings in its five most popular flavors: Buttermilk Ranch, Chipotle Ranch, Herb Vinaigrette, Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Ginger Lime Vinaigrette. They come in 12.5-oz bottles and are available at select H-E-B locations for $6.48.