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A beloved burger chain from Austin is opening a new location in Fort Worth: Hopdoddy Burger Bar, the "better burger" pioneer, will open a restaurant in buzzy Alliance Town Center, at 3101 Heritage Trace Pkwy.

According to a release, it'll open on January 17 with a spiffy renovation that incorporates music-themed interior décor and a covered dog-friendly patio overlooking Bluestem Park.

It's taking over a space previously occupied by a location of the Bryan, Texas chain Grub Burger Bar, which closed on January 7. Grub was acquired by Hopdoddy in January 2022. Alliance is the seventh of 18 Grub locations to be converted to the Hopdoddy Burger Bar brand.

Hopdoddy has almost 40 locations across Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana.

The menu features Piedmontese beef, grass-fed bison, and chicken from Red Bird Farms. They've been a pioneer in catering to a variety of diets with a vegetarian black bean & corn patty; a plant-based patty from Beyond Meat; and a dedicated Gluten-Free menu.

Burgers are served on one of three house-baked buns or as a bowl on house greens. A full-service bar features margaritas, draft cocktails, and local craft beer.

Hours will be Sunday-Thursday 11 am-10 pm and Friday-Saturday 11 am-11 pm.

As Hopdoddy CEO Jeff Chandler notes in a statement, this is the second Hopdoddy in Fort Worth; the first opened in 2017 in Fort Worth's Left Bank. There's also a location in Euless which opened in 2018.

"The city of Fort Worth has been asking for more of our unique burgers and shareable fries," Chandler says. "We’re excited to open a second Hopdoddy location to serve North Fort Worth and can’t wait to see everyone at our grand opening on January 17!"

Hopdoddy will kick off the grand opening by giving a free burger to the first 100 people in line at 11 am. Guests can also enter to win free burgers for a year by sharing a post or story on Instagram, tagging @hopdoddy and using #hopdoddylove.

Photo by Shelley Neuman

Willie Nelson-ZZ Top concert takes spotlight in this week's 5 hottest Fort Worth headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this Christmas weekend? Find that list here. Searching for the best Christmas lights? Those lists are here and here.

1. Texas legends Willie Nelson and ZZ Top team up for concert at iconic Hill Country venue. Next April, "Shotgun Willie" will be a "Sharp Dressed Man." Taking the iconic stage at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, Willie Nelson and ZZ Top will perform together on April 14 and 15, 2023. The shows come before ZZ Top teams up with Lynyrd Skynyrd at Fort Worth's Dickies Arena on July 29, 2023.

2. Fort Worth's animal shelter holds event to get dogs out of the cold. Fort Worth is seeking help to solve a crisis at its animal shelters, which are brimming with pets. Fort Worth Animal Care and Control (FWACC) is facing a record-high population, and is inviting the public to come in and adopt or foster an animal. While one special event took place December 16-17, the initiative will be ongoing.

3. Fort Worth's award-winning Vietnamese restaurant Four Sisters to close. An award-winning Vietnamese restaurant in Fort Worth has closed: Four Sisters - Taste of Vietnam, the acclaimed, family-centric restaurant located at 1001 S. Main St. that is literally named for the owner's four sisters, has closed after four years. According to owner Tuan Pham, the restaurant's final day would be December 23.

4. Son of a Butcher restaurant with sliders & shakes to open in Grapevine. A restaurant that specializes in sliders is coming to Grapevine: Son of a Butcher, which currently has locations in Plano and Dallas, will open a new one at 480 W. SH-114, with an opening set for February 2023. This will be the biggest yet, with 3,405 square feet of indoor and pet-friendly outdoor dining space.

5. Vegan pastry and coffee shop opens in Fort Worth with best inspiration: mom. There's a new place to get vegan food and great coffee in Fort Worth: Called Von's Coffee Shoppe, it's a virtual restaurant operating out of Fort Worth Food Works, the restaurant hub at 3004 Cullen St., where it's serving vegan pastries, omelets, burritos, wraps, and soups. Von's was founded by Monique Farrell, a food & beverage veteran with more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry who is taking her first step into entrepreneurship.

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Burger joint Sickies Garage fixes on Fort Worth for its Texas debut

Burger News

A new burger concept is coming to Texas, more specifically Fort Worth: Called Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews — yes that is really the name, but it comes with a story — it's a garage-themed burger concept that'll open its first DFW location in north Fort Worth, in a former Posadas Cafe right off I-35W, at 6770 Fossil Bluff Dr.

According to a release, it'll open in spring 2023.

Founded in 2012 in Fargo, North Dakota, Sickies is a family-friendly concept known for its expansive menu with 50 burgers and 50 brews, as well as an automotive-inspired décor with classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

The menu features items such as:

  • Twin Cam burger with bacon and nacho cheese, placed on two grilled cheese sandwiches for buns
  • Glazed Doughnut Burger, featuring a glazed doughnut as a bun
  • wings, both regular and boneless
  • shakes and malts, both boozy and non-alcoholic
  • a bar menu that's "revved up"

There are Kobe burgers. Super-charged burgers like the one with pepperjack cheese, jalapenos, and peanut butter. Patty melts, and 7 varieties of mac & cheese including Buffalo chicken, Philly mac & cheese with pot roast, and one with BBQ pork.

There are also homestyle dinners like chicken fried chicken and meat loaf, and a selection of fried chicken sandwiches.

It's time for some historical lore, from the press release:

"In the early 2000s, a group of like-minded friends would meet up to tinker on their projects — motorcycles, cars, or to just talk shop. Grilling at the garage sparked a new avenue for creativity, crafting experimental burgers with unusual toppings that family and friends were excited to try. Testing the newest burgers at the garage, which quickly became known as 'Sickies Garage,' was often the reason to play hooky from work by calling in 'sick.'"

So that's where the name came from.

There are currently nine locations, including North Dakota and South Dakota, both of the Dakotas, plus Nebraska, Las Vegas, and Kissimmee, Florida. Fort Worth, which will span more than 8,000 square feet including outdoor patio areas, multiple, will be the 10th.

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All the Veterans Day 2022 deals in Dallas-Fort Worth that honor military service members

Military Salute

With Veterans Day coming up Friday, November 11, we've unearthed some of the best deals around Dallas-Fort Worth to ease the strain on the bank accounts of all military veterans and current service members.

Below are the top Veterans Day deals to check out for 2022:

  • 7-Eleven: The convenience store chain, which is everywhere throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering a free Quarter-Pound Big Bite 100% all-beef hot dog on November 11. The deal, which is available in-store and via delivery through the 7NOW app, is available to all, not just veterans.
  • Bar Louie: The gastrobar chain, which has four area non-airport locations, is offering veterans and active-duty military a complimentary craft burger, including That’s My Jam Burger, Bourbon BBQ Burger, GastroBurger, and more. The deal is good for dine-in only.
  • B&B Butchers & Restaurant: The Fort Worth restaurant offers a complimentary three-course lunch to all active military and veterans November 11. The special menu includes appetizer, entrée, side, and dessert. Guests of veterans and military can partake in the menu for $25. Reservations are encouraged and the special will run from 11 am-3 pm.
  • Beck's Prime: The steakhouse chain, which has one location in Dallas, is offering all veterans and active duty military a free burger on November 11. The deal is good for dine-in and in-store to-go orders only.
  • Bedford Ice House: The bar/restaurant in Bedford is offering all active and retired military members a free meal up to $14 on November 11. This offer is available for dine-in only.
  • Black Rock Coffee Bar: The coffee house chain, which has four locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering one free medium drink for veterans, active-duty military, and members of their immediate family on November 11 with proof of ID. Both the veteran and immediate family member must be present.
  • Bombshells Restaurant & Bar: The Texas-based military-themed casual dining chain, which has two locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering free entrees for veterans on November 11; other items will be discounted 20 percent. In addition, families accompanying veterans as well as active service members and accompanying families will receive a 20 percent discount on entrees and other items. Alcoholic beverages are not included.
  • Bonefish Grill: The seafood restaurant chain, which has two locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering a free order of their Bang Bang Shrimp to all veterans and active duty military on November 11. They also offer a Heroes Discount that gives 10 percent off for all service members, veterans, and first responders' checks all day, every day with show of valid ID.
  • BoomerJack's: The sports bar chain, which has 18 locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering all active and retired military members a free meal up to $14 on November 11. This offer is available for dine-in only.
  • Bourbon & Banter: The underground speakeasy inside The Statler will offer veterans one drink (including draft or bottled beer, house wine or Champagne, and well cocktails and shots) on the house tab on November 11.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: The chicken wing chain, which has 18 locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering 10 free Boneless wings and fries for all veterans and active-duty service members with valid ID on November 11. The deal is good for dine-in only.
  • Cantina Laredo: The Mexican restaurant chain, which has two area non-airport locations, is offering veterans and military members a free entrée on November 11, up to a $20 value.
  • Carrabba's Italian Grill: The Italian restaurant chain, which has three locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering a complimentary dine-in appetizer or dessert paired with a soft beverage for veterans and active-duty military with show of ID. They also offer a Heroes Discount year-round, providing 10 percent off to all service members, veterans, and first responders.
  • Charleys Philly Steaks: The fast-casual cheesesteak chain, which has 16 locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering free Gourmet Fries in-store with no purchase necessary to all veterans and active duty military on November 11.
  • Coolgreens: The healthy food chain, which has three locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering a free meal to all current and retired military personnel on November 11. They can choose from sandwiches, wraps, salads, or bowls valued up to $15.
  • Corner Bakery: The fast casual chain, which has 17 locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering 20 percent orders for active and former military members on November 11.
  • Cotton Patch Cafe: The casual dining restaurant, which has 22 locations in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, is offering a free Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken for all veterans or active military on November 11 with proof of military service. The deal is good for dine-in only.
  • Denny's: The family dining chain, which has 40 locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering a free Grand Slam breakfast to all active, non-active and retired military personnel on November 11. The offer is valid for dine-in only at participating locations from 5 am to noon.
  • Dickey's BBQ: The barbecue chain, which has over 60 locations through Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering a free Pulled Pork Sandwich to veterans who use the code VETFREE on November 11. Veterans can redeem the offer in-store for carryout and online for pickup all day at their nearest Dickey’s.
  • Dunkin': The doughnut chain, which has over 30 locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering veterans and active duty military one free doughnut of their choice at participating locations. Check with your local shop before heading out. Deal is good for in-store orders only.
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels: The breakfast/coffee chain, which has over 40 locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering a free hot or iced coffee of any size with purchase when veterans show their ID. The deal is good at all locations except license stores inside colleges, hospitals, airports, and hotels.
  • El Chico: The Mexican restaurant chain, which has four area locations, is offering veterans and military members a free entrée on November 11, up to $20 in value.
  • El Chingon: The Mexican restaurant in Fort Worth is offering veterans and active military duty 50 percent off their meal on November 10 and 11. They also offer an ongoing 10 percent discount for military members all year long.
  • Fish City Grill / Half Shells: The sister restaurants, which have 10 locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, are offering veterans and active-duty military personnel a free entrée (up to $25.99) with valid ID. This special offer is available with dine-in and to-go orders.
  • Ford's Garage: The burger and beer chain, which has one location in Plano, is offering a 25 percent discount with up to three guests per table (alcohol excluded) on November 11 for veterans and active duty military. The deal is good for dine-in only.
  • Golden Corral: The casual restaurant chain which has seven locations throughout Dallas Fort Worth that are currently open, has put on a Military Appreciation Night for over 20 years. They offer a free meal to any person who has served in the U.S. military on November 14 from 5 pm-close. The deal is only good for the military member, not guests.
  • Grimaldi's: The pizza chain, which has seven locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering veterans and active duty military 25 percent off their bill on November 11. If you can't make it that day, they also offer 15 percent military discount all year long.
  • Hawaiian Bros.: The fast casual Hawaiian food chain, which has 11 locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering a free plate lunch from 11 am-11 pm on November 11 for veterans and active military, as well as their friends and family.
  • John Wayne: An American Experience: Veterans and active-duty military with ID get free walk-in admission to the museum dedicated to the Duke in Fort Worth on November 11.
  • Kolache Factory: The pastry chain, which has four locations in Collin County, is offering free breakfast to all veterans and active duty military on November 11. Those with valid ID will receive a free kolache and a cup of coffee.
  • La Madeleine: The fast-casual French restaurant chain, which has 20 locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering active-duty service members and military veterans 30 percent off any purchase all day on November 11 with military ID.
  • Logan's Roadhouse: The casual restaurant chain, which has four locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering a free Vets Meal on November 11 from 3-6 pm. Vets Meal options include Steak Tips, Bayou Shrimp, Chopped Steak, Pork Chop, Tenders, and Pulled Pork Plate, as well as side options.
  • Lucky's: The home-cooking diner on Oak Lawn Avenue is offering veterans and military members a free entrée on November 11, up to $20 in value.
  • Overeasy: The diner inside The Statler will offer veterans one drink on the house tab on November 11. Options include draft or bottled beer, house wine or Champagne, and well cocktails and shots.
  • Perry's Steakhouse & Grille: The steakhouse chain, which has three locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, is offering one complimentary dinner pork chop on November 10 (4-10 pm) or pork chop lunch on November 11 (10:30 am-5 pm) to active or former military members when they’re accompanied by a guest that purchases a dinner entrée while dining in. Reservations and proof of valid ID are required.
  • Pie Five Pizza: The pizza chain, which has 11 locations through the Dallas-Fort Worth area, is offering area personal pizza for active and retired military veterans, in-store only, on November 11.
  • Pluckers: The chicken wing chain, which has 8 locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering a free meal (entree, side and non-alcoholic beverage) for veterans and active military on November 11 with valid ID.
  • PJ's Coffee: The coffee chain, which currently has six locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, is offering a free 12-ounce hot coffee or cold brew iced coffee for veterans and active-duty military on November 11.
  • Primo’s MX Kitchen & Lounge: The Tex-Mex favorite with locations in Uptown and Downtown Dallas will offer veterans one drink (including draft or bottled beer, house wine or Champagne, and well cocktails and shots) on the house tab on November 11.
  • Red Lobster: The seafood restaurant chain, which has 12 locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering a free Walt’s Favorite Shrimp, Fries, and Coleslaw for veterans and active duty military on November 11. The offer is available for dine-in and to-go orders placed in-restaurant between 11 am and 4 pm.
  • Sfereco: The Spaghetti Western-themed Italian-American restaurant with locations in Downtown Dallas and Lewisville will offer veterans one drink on the house tab on November 11. Options include draft or bottled beer, house wine or Champagne, and well cocktails and shots.
  • Shell Shack: The growing seafood restaurant chain, which has five locations around Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering active or retired military a free shrimp basket from 11 am to 4 pm on November 11. The deal is good for dine-in only.
  • Sidecar Social: The social lounge in Addison is offering all active and retired military members a free meal up to $14 on November 11. This offer is available for dine-in only.
  • Silver Fox: The steakhouse chain with two area locations is offering veterans and military members $30 off their entire check on November 11.
  • Six Flags Over Texas: The amusement park in Arlington is offering veterans, active duty, and retired military personnel free park admission, meal, drinks, and more when they present a valid military ID on November 12 and 13.
  • Snuffer's: The burger restaurant, which has eight locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering veterans and military members with valid ID a free Snuffer’s burger or sandwich on November 11. The deal is good for dine-in only.
  • Thirsty Lion Gastropub: The gastropub chain, which has four locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering all active and retired military members with a valid ID a free entrée and a nonalcoholic beverage on November 11. The offer is good for dine-in only.
  • III Forks: The Frisco steakhouse is offering veterans and military members a free entrée on November 11, up to $60 in value.
  • Trinity Metro: All of Trinity Metro’s local services – including buses, TEXRail, ZIPZONE and ACCESS – will be available on at no cost to veterans on November 11. To receive a free ride, riders must show proof of service to the driver or train conductor.
  • Twin Peaks: The breasteraunt chain, which has nine locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering a free lunch on November 11 from 11 am-3 pm. Veterans and active military personnel can choose from a menu that includes Cheeseburger and Fries, Chicken Tenders and Fries, Pulled Pork Sandwich and Fries, Soup and Salad Lunch Combo, and Chicken Caesar Salad. The deal is good for dine-in only.
  • Walk-On’s: The sports-themed restaurant chain, which has two locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, is offering all active and retired service members a complimentary Scholarship Burger & side of fries on November 11. The deal is good for dine-in only.
  • Waterproof: The rooftop poolside lounge at The Statler will offer veterans one drink (including draft or bottled beer, house wine or Champagne, and well cocktails and shots) on the house tab on November 11.
  • WOB Bar & Kitchen: The beer-focused restaurant chain, which has one location in Fort Worth, is offering an order of their famous, traditional, bone-in chicken wings for free to all veterans and active military personnel, November 7-11. Additionally, on November 11, veterans and service persons will receive an exclusive WOB Bar & Kitchen-branded t-shirt, while supplies last. These offers can be redeemed by presenting a military ID, VA card, or proof of service.
Photo by Erin Easley

New birria taco shop tops this week's 5 hottest Fort Worth headlines

This Week's Hot Headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Fort Worth's birria taco queen readies new restaurant for opening day. One of Fort Worth's most hotly anticipated restaurants is preparing for its brick-and-mortar debut: Calisience, a food truck that draws sell-out crowds for its crispy birria tacos, will open in a permanent space at 2707 Race St. Owner Jacqueline Anaya says it's too soon to pin down an opening date, but she's aiming for August.

2. 10 affluent Dallas-Fort Worth counties make bank as richest in Texas, new report shows. Based on its geographic size, Rockwall County is the smallest county in Texas, at just 149 square miles. But don’t let its size fool you when it comes to wealth. Rockwall County also is the richest county in the state — and it's not the only DFW county to make the wealthiest list.

3. This roundup of Fort Worth restaurant news has breakfast on the brain. If you're a morning person, this roundup of Fort Worth restaurant news has you in mind. It's loaded with tidbits about breakfast, brunch, and everything in between. There's new breakfast restaurants, new breakfast menus, and a little coffee news for good measure.

4. Where to drink in Fort Worth right now: 5 best bars for frosty frozen cocktails. Oh, hello summer. You’re sure early this year. North Texas has been seeing a record-breaking heat wave. While temperatures are hovering around 15 degrees above normal, a frozen cocktail might be the only solution to keeping cool … and sane. Find respite at these five Fort Worth fan favorites for frosty beverages.

5. These are the 8 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week. This week bring the highly anticipated return of one of Fort Worth’s most iconic burger joints with a grand opening celebration in a new location. There's also a big fried chicken and craft beer fest this weekend. Save room for a beer-pairing dinner on Monday that’s sure to bring on the “meat sweats.”

I like tacos.

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I like tacos.
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These are the 8 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

This week in gluttony

This week bring the highly anticipated return of one of Fort Worth’s most iconic burger joints with a grand opening celebration in a new location. Also returning are wine dinners at a popular Keller chef-driven restaurant. Save room for a beer-pairing dinner on Monday that’s sure to bring on the “meat sweats.”

Wednesday, May 18

Crocker & Starr Wine Dinner at Grace
Napa Valley winemaker Pamela Starr will visit the downtown fine dining destination for this five-course wine dinner from chef Blaine Staniford. Starr will guide guests through each pairing. Dinner is $195 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Arrive at 6:30 pm for a bubbly reception followed by the seated dinner at 7 pm.

FnG Eats Wine Dinner and Communal Gathering
It’s been a while since this popular Keller restaurant has hosted a wine dinner, so they’ll have two in a row to make up for it. Make reservations for Wednesday or Thursday for a four-course dinner, featuring an array of fan-favorite wines (like Alexander Valley Chardonnay). Menu highlights include Oaxaca cheese-stuffed pupusas, steak frites, and salted caramel ice cream. Dinner is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and begins at 7 pm both nights.

Thursday, May 19

Bar Ilegal at Tulips
Visit the Near Southside bar and live music venue for a pop-up mezcal tasting. Guatemala-based Ilegal Mezcal will bring its traveling tour to Tulips for mezcal cocktails, flash tattoos, and a show by the female rock band SUSU. The fun begins at 7 pm.

Saturday, May 21

Grand Opening of Fred’s Texas Café on Camp Bowie West
After the decades-old original location of the time-honored burger joint closed its doors on New Year’s Eve, fans have been waiting hungrily for Fred’s reincarnation in West Fort Worth. A grand opening celebration will feature live music all day from 12-10:30 pm, a throwback beer special that “harkens back the year Fred’s opened” (which was 1978), and an inaugural food challenge at 4 pm. The new Fred’s is located at 7101 Camp Bowie West. (Don’t forget that Fred’s also has a location on Western Center Boulevard in far north Fort Worth.)

Fort Worth Fried Chicken & Craft Beer Fest at Panther Island Pavilion
Tributary Café, Gus’s World Famous Chicken, and Hooters are just some of the participants during this fried chicken festival presented by Four Corners Brewing Co. The $45 ticket includes fried chicken from 10 restaurants and six tastings from Four Corners. There’ll also be live music, axe throwing, a photo booth, spirits tastings, a wine bar, and Colonel Sanders costume contest. The event will run from 12-5 pm.

Military Appreciation Month Event at Whiskey Ranch
The folks behind TX Whiskey will celebrate Military Appreciation Month with a commemorative Stars and Stripes edition bottle, available for purchase at the Ranch Store, and an evening concert benefit event. The $35 per-person ticket includes two TX Whiskey cocktails, one dish from either Texas Mac & Cheese or Rollin’ Stone food trucks, and live music by King George, a George Strait tribute band. All ticket proceeds will go toward Boot Campaign, an organization that aims to restore the lives of veterans and military families through individualized programs. The event will run from 5-9 pm, with the concert to start at 7 pm. There’ll be free bottle engraving, too.

Sunday, May 22

Pop-Up Brunch at Rancho Loma Vineyards
The South Main Street wine bar is back with another Sunday Funday pop-up brunch, this time featuring tenured chef Blythe Bridges and her new mobile barbecue concept, Bark Tacos & Smoke. Reservations are available from 12-3 pm and menu items will be sold a la carte.

Monday, May 23

Meat Sweats Beer Dinner at Funky Picnic Brewery & Café
Garland’s Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery will visit the Near Southside brewery for a collaborative beer and barbecue dinner. Chicken, beef, and pork will be represented on the menu. Highlights include beef cheek ragu on pappardelle pasta and Asian-style brisket with kimchi and cucumbers. Save room for smoked banana pudding. All courses will be paired with a beer. Dinner with pairings is $90 per person, including tax and gratuity. Arrive by 7 pm.

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Brooks & Dunn boot-scoot into this week's 5 hottest Fort Worth headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Brooks & Dunn kick up 'Reboot Tour' with 2023 stop in Fort Worth. Brooks & Dunn, the best-selling duo of all time, are continuing their "Reboot Tour" in 2023, including a stop at Dickies Arena on Saturday, May 6. Fort Worth is the only Texas city on their list, and tickets went on sale Friday, January 27.

2. Much anticipated Italian restaurant from top Fort Worth team has a date. A new restaurant from one of Fort Worth's top food & beverage teams has an opening date: 61 Osteria, the much-anticipated restaurant from restaurateur Adam Jones and acclaimed chef Blaine Staniford, will open in downtown Fort Worth on January 31. Ta-da.

3. Wealthy Fort Worth neighbor cashes in as the richest city in Texas for 2023. North Texans wanting a glimpse into the lives of the 1 percent won't have to travel far to get a peek. Southlake has been named the richest city in Texas for 2023 in a recent study.

4. Quite the bounty of bites in this roundup of Fort Worth restaurant news. This roundup of restaurant news around Fort Worth includes restaurants newly opened, restaurants coming soon, new menus, new tacos, new pizzas, and more. So much more. Here's the latest batch of Fort Worth restaurant news.

5. The best Fort Worth restaurants to celebrate Valentine's Day 2023. For restaurants, Valentine’s Day is the Super Bowl of dining events, which is ironic this year since the actual Super Bowl takes place just two days prior, on February 12. This is not stopping some restaurateurs from hosting special Valentine’s dinners all weekend long, although some are cautiously opting out of Sunday and Monday. Here are the best options around town.

DFW-based Cinemark theater chain hosts Oscars-themed movie marathon

Awards News

The Cinemark movie chain is giving movie buffs an opportunity to brush up on the Oscars.

Plano-based Cinemark Holdings, Inc. will host its annual Oscar Movie Week festival, this year running from Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 12, in anticipation of the 95th Oscars ceremony, which airs on March 12 on ABC.

The theater chain will air all of this year’s Best Picture and Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees, at more than 120 participating Cinemark theaters nationwide.

According to a release, passes are now on sale now at Cinemark.com/movieweek.

A full Digital Festival Pass is $40 and includes showings for all Best Picture and Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees. There's a perk! If you purchase a festival pass, you get 50 percent off any size popcorn during Oscar Movie Week.

Individual showtime tickets will be available starting January 27 at standard pricing, with showtimes beginning March 6.

All Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees are bundled into one viewing for just $10 from March 10-12.

For other brushing up, take a look back at what CultureMap’s film critic, Alex Bentley, had to say about each of the nominees (listed in alphabetical order) when they were originally released.

Cinemark has been hosting other similar marathon events such its collaboration with ESPN to bring college football games to the big screen.

The event takes place at these theaters across the U.S., including the following locations in Texas:

  • Austin: Cinemark Southpark Meadows
  • Denton: Cinemark 14
  • Fort Worth: Ridgmar Mall
  • Grapevine: Cinemark Tinseltown
  • Houston: Cinemark Memorial City
  • Plano: Cinemark Legacy
  • Plano: Cinemark West Plano
  • San Antonio: Cinemark San Antonio 16
  • The Woodlands: Cinemark 17

New play about Uvalde shooting takes the stage at Fort Worth university

#UvaldeStrong

A TCU faculty member has written a new play called For the Love of Uvalde: A Play Inspired by the Robb Elementary School, and it's premiering January 28 both in-person on-campus and online via streaming.

Playwright Ayvaunn Penn, who is part of the Theatre TCU faculty, also wrote a play in 2020 inspired by the Botham Jean shooting by police officer Amber Guyger.

The premiere staged reading of For the Love of Uvalde promises a similar evening of art for social change, paired with a panel-led community discussion. This staged reading will feature select songs and monologues from the show.

The original play uses testimonies to explore the aftermath and varying viewpoints of the families, politicians, and medical professionals affected by the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde last May. Nineteen children and two adults were killed in the deadliest shooting ever at a Texas public school.

Panel members for the discussion include Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, TCU Chief Inclusion Officer; James McQuillen, director of Theatre for Youth at Casa Mañana; Professor Lisa Devine, UNT Theatre for Social Change professor; and Shania Tari, M.S, LMFT-A & EMDR trained.

A collaboration between Theatre TCU, TCU School of Music, and El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde, the event is free to attend, though tickets are required and may be reserved here. It begins at 6:30 pm at PepsiCo Recital Hall at the Mary D. and F. Howard Walsh Center for Performing Arts on the TCU campus.

El Progreso Memorial Library will also stream the event on YouTube so that community members may join and participate in the discussion and reflection.