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We have lots of tasty restaurant dish in Fort Worth right now, including a new pizzeria, a new AYCE pizza buffet, and new limited-edition tacos. There's more than one fried chicken offering, and at least two pumpkin specials including pumpkin frozen yogurt and pumpkin cookies for dessert.

Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:

Shinjuku Station, a Near Southside sushi bar and pub, closed after 13 years. In a note posted on Facebook, owners Casey, Jarry, and Mary Ho said they were closing "with great sadness" and their final night was September 2. "Over the past three and a half years, our little izakaya has weathered the most turlent economic times, heavy building construction, and a global pandemic," their note said. "We're proud of the way we've been able to survive, finally and in spite of our best efforts, we say Goodbye. While the Near Southside development grows and new businesses move in, we hope you'll join us in supporting small and local. In the meantime our sister restaurant Tokyo Cafe at 5121 Pershing Ave. is there to fulfill your Japanese and sushi cravings."

Mountain Mike’s Pizza, a California-based chain known for its crispy, curly pepperonis and mountain-sized pizzas, has opened its first location in Fort Worth, at 3488 TX-144, across the street from the Texas Motor Speedway and around the corner from the Tanger Outlets. Fort Worth marks their second location in Texas, with possibly a dozen more planned for Dallas-Fort Worth. The restaurant is owned and operated by local resident Varinder Basati, whose brother Robby Basati is Mountain Mike’s largest franchisee in California. In addition to their signature pizza, there are big-screen TVs and a 500-square-foot patio, arcade games, an all-you-can-eat pizza and salad lunch buffet, and a full craft beer and wine list.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has a new fall menu that includes Buffalo Chicken Pizza, Apple Walnut Salad, a charcuterie Bridge Board, Pumpkin Cheesecake, and Choco'nana Cheesecake: Banana cheesecake with an Oreo cookie crust.

Eatzi’s Market & Bakery has new menu items: Chia Seed Pudding in two varieties: the Original, with granola, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries; and the Matcha with kiwi, strawberries, raspberries, and raw almonds. Also power bowls: Bistro Filet Power Bowl or Chicken Power Bowl, with barley, arugula, mixed greens, mustard dill potatoes, cherry tomatoes, red onions, and shiitake mushrooms with a green harissa dressing; Salmon Power Bowl with brown rice, spinach, mixed greens, cucumber, carrot, edamame, radish, and green onion with ginger miso dressing; and Vegetarian Power Bowl with couscous, kale, mixed greens, roasted chickpeas, sweet potato, cauliflower, and shiitake mushrooms in a lemon tahini dressing.

Dog Haus has three new Hawaiian-themed menu items, $1 of which will be donated to Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund: Ohana Chicken Sando ­with a fried chicken tender and slaw on a King’s Hawaiian bun; Mighty Moa bone-in wings tossed in teriyaki aioli and topped with spicy mayo; and an island-inspired cocktail with rum, Aperol, orange curaçao, and pineapple.

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Salata has brought back the Pumpkin Puff Cookie, a pumpkin-flavored cookie it first introduced last year with a light fluffy texture, macadamia nut, white chocolate chunks, and cinnamon. Launching Tuesday, September 19, the cookie will remain in restaurants through the end of the year.

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery launches its new fall menu on September 21 with the following dishes: Pumpkin Pecan Pie Pancakes with vanilla cream cheese filling, caramel sauce, and candied pecans; Monte Cristo Brioche Toast; Carbonara Breakfast Pasta featuring spaghettini tossed with Parmesan scrambled eggs, habanero pork belly, red onions, garlic & diced tomatoes; Blood Orange Punch; Pumpkin Latte, and Pumpkin Martini with oat milk.

Fish City Grill and Half Shells have two chalkboard specials through September: Chimichurri Shrimp Tacos with avocado crema, pico de gallo, Cheddar jack cheese, cilantro, Cuban black beans & rice for $16; and Herb-Crusted Texas Redfish with roasted Brussels, red bell pepper, lemon basil rice, for $26.

Bonefish Grill has a new three-course dinner for two for $46, featuring two salads, two entrées, and a shareable dessert, from choice of Caesar, Atlantic salmon, Pork Tenderloin, Sirloin, Chicken, Rainbow Trout, Mahi Mahi, Linguine & Clams, and Key lime cake. Available through October 29.

City Works Eatery & Pour House in Fort Worth is celebrating Oktoberfest from September 16-October 3 with German-inspired beers and bites including Smokehouse Currywurst (Spicy hot link, currywurst sauce, bacon-braised sauerkraut, caramelized onions, steak roll), Pork Schnitzel (pork chop, brown butter spaetzle, braised red cabbage, dijon-herb cream sauce), German Flatbread (Smoked hot link, bacon-braised sauerkraut, spicy mustard bechamel, swiss cheese, scallions). Oktoberfest specialty beers include Rahr & Sons Barrel Fest in Fort Worth.

El Pollo Loco has brought back Stuffed Quesadillas in three varieties: Poblano Chicken Stuffed Quesadilla with chicken, Oaxaca cheese, poblano peppers, pico de gallo, sliced avocado and cilantro; Chipotle Chicken Stuffed Quesadilla with chicken, Oaxaca cheese, salsa roja, sour cream, and pico de gallo; and Beef Avocado Stuffed Quesadilla with shredded beef, Oaxaca cheese, avocado salsa, sliced avocado, onion and cilantro.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar has a new Birria Burger, their take on Birria tacos, made with beef patties, house-made chorizo stacked on a grilled/crisp quesadilla, cilantro onion aioli, and a side of "consome" (someone at HQ does not know how to spell consommé?); and Churro Shake in collaboration with Siete Foods made with vanilla custard, cinnamon sugar, Siete churros, and whipped cream.

Chicken Salad Chick has a new Chick Melt featuring choice of chicken salad flavor or pimento cheese, paired with provolone cheese, atop a croissant. The Chick Melt’s golden-brown, crispy exterior harmonizes with its melted, cheesy interior. It's a permanent menu addition that debuted September 12.

Shake Shack has fiery menu additions, all dusted with a hot pepper spice blend of cayenne pepper, brown sugar, vinegar powder, garlic powder, and smoked paprika. The Hot Menu items include Hot Chicken sandwich, Spicy Shackmeister Burger, Spicy Fries with Ranch Sauce, and Spicy Cheese Fries with Ranch Sauce.

Cicis Pizza is bringing back its all-you-can-eat Adult Buffet deal for $5 every Monday and Tuesday from September 18 to October 24.

SusieCakes has new fall-inspired treats with seasonal ingredients through September: Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcake made with pumpkin spice cake frosted and filled with coffee buttercream; Mocha Cupcake, a chocolate cupcake frosted and filled with coffee buttercream and topped with white jimmies; and the Whoopie Pie, with two thick, chewy chocolate cookies sandwiched with vanilla buttercream.

Yogurtland has brought back Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Swirl frozen yogurt, made by swirling Pumpkin Pie and Cheesecake flavors together using the middle handle.

Wendy's has added two new seasonal pumpkin items: the revolutionary Pumpkin Spice Frosty, a pumpkin version of their thick ice-creamy shake with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg; and Pumpkin Spice Frosty Cream Cold Brew, featuring cold-brewed coffee with Frosty creamer swirled over ice.

Malai Kitchen has launched a traditional Marzen version of Oktoberfest beer, an amber lager that is semi sweet with a crisp finish. Plus, all taps at all locations will transform into Bavarian style beers September 16 through October 3 featuring a Helles Lager pale ale, Hefeweizen German unfiltered wheat ale, Schwarzbier traditional dark lager or "black beer," Munich Pale Ale, and Apple Strudel Milkshake IPA, a take on a popular Oktoberfest dessert made with apple puree, milk sugar, oats, cinnamon, and vanilla. At all four locations in Uptown Dallas, Preston Center, Southlake, and Fort Worth.

Howdy Homemade, the ice cream brand providing employment for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs), is now sold by the pint at H-E-B, Albertsons, Tom Thumb, Safeway, and Randalls stores.

The ADD SOY Act (H.R. 1619) is a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Troy Carter (D-LA) and Nancy Mace (R-SC). The ADD SOY Act (Addressing Digestive Distress in Stomachs of Our Youth) would provide soy milk as an option for kids and reimburse the schools for providing soy milk. In 2020, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for America recognized fortified soy milk as a nutritional equivalent to dairy cow milk. However, schools are not presently being reimbursed if they provide soy milk as an option, yet the USDA is reimbursing public schools for cow’s milk to the tune of $1 billion annually – despite the fact that studies show that nearly one third of it is being thrown away by the students.

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2 Fort Worth-area golf courses make new list of best public facilities in Texas

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Two Fort Worth-area golf courses score slots on a new 2023 guide of the best municipal golf courses in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine. One's in the city limits, and one's in a popular suburb.

"You don’t need to belong to a country club, or even have especially deep pockets, to enjoy high-quality golf," the guide promises.

The Lone Star state Texas ranks fifth in the U.S. (behind California, Florida, Michigan, and New York) for number of public courses, with about 600 facilities.

The magazine sent out seven staffers and freelancers to come up with list of the 18 greatest public golf courses in Texas. Criteria included uniqueness, reasonable price, and accessibility to a wide range of skill levels.

These two made the cut:

Rockwood Park in Fort Worth is an 18-hole course designed in 1938 by John Bredemus, a former math teacher turned golf course architect.

Since Rockwood's revivification and reopening in 2017, the course has held on to some of its more distinctive features while enticing golfers with modern design elements. And no one can forget those gorgeous views.

"The tee of the lovely, 142-yard par-3 eighth hole takes you to one of the highest points on the property," writes contributor Kevin Robbins. "From there, you see downtown Fort Worth — and a massive green in the shape of an amorphous arrowhead, with a spacious false front just beyond a bunker that looks a lot closer to the green than it really is."

Robbins further ponders if Rockwood Park has visitors wondering whether it's a course in a city, or a course that rescues them from it.

Grapevine Golf Course is a 27-hole course designed by the legendary Byron Nelson in 1979 and rejuvenated by Irving-based design firm Golf Resources two decades later. The Monthly calls it "a gentle test" of a golfer's skills without being overly easy.

"Take the par-4 fifth hole on the Pecan nine: 405 yards from an elevated tee, moving right to left toward a vaguely reverse-redan green," Robbins writes. "It’s scenic, strategic, and, if you fancy, heroic. And, as on a handful of other holes on the Pecan and Mockingbird nines, both of which underwent renovations in the early aughts, you feel that you’re all alone with an allée of oaks."

Two Dallas-area golf courses also made the list:

Stevens Park Golf Course is a 6,285-yard course in Kessler Park that shares trails with locals while offering tricky, unique challenges and stunning views from the 15th fairway. Enthusiast golfers can enjoy a day out at Stevens Park, while more expert players can push themselves to improve.

"What makes [Stevens Park] fun is deciding just how much risk to take in pursuit of a birdie," contributor Shawn Shinneman says. "Take the par-4 number three, which has a fairway that twists right 90 degrees around a clump of trees. If you try to cut the corner with a towering drive but cut too deep, you’ll find bark; fail to cut at all and you’ll barrel into a bunker."

Pecan Hollow Golf Course in Plano earnspraise for its amenities, vast open spaces, and unforgettably fun courses.

"Strategic bunkering and tree placements keep you thinking and engaged, plus five sets of tees guarantee that anyone can enjoy the challenge," says Shinneman. "Most fun of all, though, are Pecan’s MiniVerde greens, which are big, sloped, and filled with nuance — and they’re quick... But you’ll be left wanting to come back again and again to figure them out, and the affordable rates won’t stop you from doing so."

The remaining 14 courses in Texas Monthly's "A Guide to Texas' Best Public Golf Courses" can be found on texasmonthly.com.

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Texas earns healthy rating as 2nd best state for nurses, Forbes says

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As the United States emerges from a global pandemic and watches its workforce reach retirement in larger proportions, strong healthcare is becoming increasingly crucial.

Nurses are in great demand throughout the nation and can make significant impacts in a state like Texas, which was just named the No. 2 best state for nurses in a study by Forbes Advisor.

Texas currently employs more than 231,000 nurses, the second-highest number in the country behind California's 325,620 nurses. Florida rounds out the top three with more than 197,000 nurses employed.

There are several factors to keep in mind when considering a career as a nurse, but one has been in a lot of recent discourse: the salary. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says nurses in the U.S. earn a median salary of $81,220 per year. While healthcare company Trusted Health places a Texas nurse's annual salary at $74,540 - lower than places like Florida and California, adjusted cost of living can make Texas more attractive.

"Salary is a significant factor in any professional’s career decisions, but it’s not the only one to weigh when deciding where to work," the report's author wrote. "You should also consider job availability, economic demand, and licensing processes before settling on a place to grow your career."

Regarding job availability, Projections Central estimates there will be a demand for more than 16,000 nursing positions in Texas between 2020 and 2030 - the second-best job outlook in the U.S.

Texas is also part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which can help nurses transfer their licenses from other states.

"NLC members grant RNs multi-state licenses, which allow them to practice in any NLC-participating state without jumping through the hoops of meeting a new state’s specific licensing guidelines," the report says. "NLC nurses can offer their skills to another compact state in the event of a crisis and provide telehealth services across compact states."

The full report can be found on forbes.com.


7 Dallas-Fort Worth BBQ joints make Texas Monthly 'new & improved' list

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The barbecue experts at Texas Monthly are once again sharing their perspective on where to eat smoked meats statewide courtesy of a new list titled "Top 25 New and Improved BBQ Joints in Texas."

Released every four years, the new and improved list recognizes restaurants that have either opened or made significant changes since 2021, which is when Texas Monthly last published its quadrennial ranking of the state’s 50 best barbecue restaurants — an occasion that combines the anticipation of receiving Christmas presents with the seriousness of attempting to pass the bar exam.

Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn traveled across the state to compile the list, which is presented alphabetically by city. Overall, he finds the state of the state’s barbecue is quite strong.

“No matter where I go, I find there’s no end to smoked-meat innovation,” he writes. “Thanks to ingredients and preparation methods from a medley of culinary traditions, we’re now blessed with dishes such as za’atar-spiced lamb, berbere-seasoned pork ribs, and brisket fried rice. It’s a glorious time to eat Texas barbecue, and I’m more excited than ever for what the future will bring.”

Dallas-Fort Worth earns seven of the 25 spots on the list, followed by greater Austin with five, Houston with four, and San Antonio with one.

Dallas-Fort Worth representatives include: Arlington’s Ethiopian-influenced Smoke ‘N Ash and Douglas Bar and Grill in Dallas' Snider Plaza, which operates as a steakhouse in the evenings.

From there, Vaughn dives into the suburbs, shouting out North Texas Smoke BBQ (Decatur), Heritage Butchery & Barbecue (Denison), Pit Commander BBQ (Van Alstyne). Hill City Chophouse (Tolar), and B4 Barbecue and Boba (Mabank).

Houston's representatives consist of Brisket & Rice, an Asian-influenced restaurant in a far-west Houston gas station; J-Bar-M, the massive barbecue temple in EaDo; Montgomery’s Bar-A-BBQ; and Rosemeyer Bar-B–Q, a food truck in Spring.

Austin starts with Egyptian-influenced KG BBQ; Briscuits, a food truck that serves its barbecue on a biscuit; and Lockhart’s Barbs B Q, the female-owned restaurant that recently starred on the New York Times’ list of The 20 Best Texas Barbecue Restaurants From the New Generation. The Texas Monthly list also includes Austin restaurant Mum Foods Smokehouse & Delicatessen and Rossler’s Blue Cord Barbecue, located in the small town of Harker Heights near Killeen.

San Antonio gets recognized for Reese Bros Barbecue, which updated its offerings with Mexican-influenced dishes such as brisket and the queso fundido sausage and a carnitas torta. Heading south, the Rio Grande Valley takes three spots: Vargas BBQ (Edinburg), El Sancho Tex Mex BBQ (Mission), and GW’s BBQ Catering Co. (San Juan).

Barbs B Q isn’t the only overlap between Texas Monthly and the Times. Houston's Brisket & Rice and Smoke N Ash in Arlington also bask in both spotlights.

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Prominent Hill Country winery uncorks ranking among world's best vineyards for 2023


It used to be that the mere mention of Texas wine would cause oenophiles to pull down their eyebrows in a grimace. It took the hard work of maverick producers to turn that perception around. Now the state’s vintages are being honored on an international scale.

The latest vote of confidence comes from World’s Best Vineyards. The academy of 500 wine experts, sommeliers, and travel writers voted Hye’s William Chris Vineyards one of its 2023 top wine destinations for the second year.

The annual list accounts for the total experience, from quality wines and educational offerings to lodging and hospitality. The huge undertaking promotes wine tourism by considering thousands of vineyards (all must be open to the public) spanning five continents.

William Chris’ 60th place finish (they were 56th last year) might not seem like such a big deal on paper, but it was only one of six wineries selected from the United States. It was also Texas’ sole winery to receive the recognition.

The voting body did not share why exactly they were taken by the winery’s charms, but the brand has steadily built a following since Chris Brundrett and Bill Blackmon opened the doors in 2008.

A devotee of Texas-grown grapes, William Chris is known for using a low-intervention approach to showcase the state’s best fruit. They've recently spun off a new vineyard and tasting room, called Uplift Vineyard, in Burnet.

“We are thrilled and humbled to be included for the second year in a row on this distinguished list,” said Brundrett via a release. It really feels like Texas is starting to have its moment — people are seeing what we’re doing down here and are impressed with the quality of not only the wine but the experiences we’re offering as well.”


Lots of burgers and cocktails to try in this Fort Worth restaurant news

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This roundup of restaurant news in Fort Worth has a little of everything: news about barbecue, frozen desserts, apple pie, and apple pie beignets. There are new burgers to try and numerous refreshing new cocktails to sip.

Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:

M&O Station Grill in the Foundry District has opened a new cocktail lounge which opens at 3 pm, when the restaurant transitions from restaurant into lounge. They're serving happy hour specials as well as food including burgers, appetizers, and items such as Chicken Salad with apple and mayo on mixed greens with cherry tomatoes and cucumber; Bacon, Avocado, and Swiss sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo. M&O has been family owned and operated since 2000.

Dayne's Craft Barbecue is opening its first brick-and-mortar location in Aledo, at 100 N. Front St. A post from co-owners Dayne and Ashley Weaver explains why: "Now I know what you are thinking: 'I thought you were opening in Westland?' As much as we wanted this opportunity in West Fort Worth to come to fruition, there were far too many financial hurdles to overcome. We needed a situation that better served our business, our customers, and our staff." The new location is a 2,700-square-foot stand-alone building, to which they'll add a pitroom and a 1,000-square-foot covered patio. "We now will have the appropriate kitchen space and setup to help us expand our menu offerings and serve more people. You can expect to see more hours/days, breakfast, limited evening service, faster service, catering, chilled grab & go items, and so much more." In the interim, they'll continue operating their food trailer at 9812 Camp Bowie West.

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice celebrated the grand opening of its new location in Keller at 2122 Rufe Snow Dr. #102. The Florida-based chain specializing in Italian ice actually opened in May, but these grand openings take some time to plan, people. Besides, it's hot out right now; prime time for Italian ice. Jeremiah's is known for its Italian ice, available in more than 40 flavors; and its creamy soft-serve. Owner Steven Dubberly has another location in the works in Saginaw.

Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop at 6120 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth changed ownership: The location is now owned by Mike and Jessica Barakat, who also own the sibling shop in Mansfield.

Dusty Biscuits Beignets has specials for the month of July: Apple Pie beignet, featuring spiced apple glaze with pie filling compote and dusted with pie crust; Key Lime Cheesecake featuring Key lime glaze, cheesecake drizzle, and graham cracker dusting; German Chocolate featuring a duo of chocolate and caramel drizzle, topped with toasted coconut and candied pecans; and best for last, the possibly brilliant Dusty Dogs, featuring beef hot dogs on beignet buns with Creole mustard and ketchup.

The Bearded Lady has a burger of the month for July: The "O Canada!" featuring a half-pound Nolan Ryan beef patty, with seasoned fries, mozzarella cheese, caramelized onions, fried cheese curds, and Canadian gravy from a recipe they say is three generations old. "This one is something we have been wanting to do for a long time, and we finally did!" they say.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub has launched its summer menu featuring: grilled artichoke, spicy shrimp ceviche with habanero peppers, Wagyu beef burger with bacon jam and Muenster cheese, seafood paella (with prawns, salmon, mussels, linguiça sausage, chicken, & saffron rice); Southern Peach Crumble; and a Raspberry Mint Mule-jito. They also have a new Wine Wednesdays with half-price bottles, through August 30. Served at four DFW locations in Grandscape, Preston Hollow, Irving, and Euless.

Original ChopShop, which has bowls, salads, and sandwiches, has added Citrus Thai Chop salad to its permanent menu. Previously a limited-run salad, it has greens, orange segments, roasted red pepper, pickled carrot, jicama, cucumber, green onion, peanut, cilantro, sesame seed, and Thai peanut dressing. They're also extending the Hot Honey Chicken + Hummus Protein Bowl, a limited-edition item, through the end of the summer. It has brown rice, spring mix, cucumber, tomato, banana pepper, red pepper hummus, chicken, hot honey, and Greek yogurt.

SusieCakes is making Barbie-themed cakes with Barbie dolls and choice of cake flavor from vanilla, vanilla confetti, chocolate, or red velvet; and choice of icing from SusiePink, SusieBlue, white vanilla, or chocolate buttercream. They're in Fort Worth at 1621 River Run.

Church’s Texas Chicken has two limited-edition summer items through August 24: Mini Churros covered in cinnamon & sugar with chocolate dipping sauce; and Bourbon Black Pepper Smokehouse half chicken coated in bourbon black pepper sauce, available on its own or in a meal with mashed potatoes and a biscuit. Drinks include Strawberry Blast Sprite, tea, or lemonade.

Wetzel's Pretzels has a new Guava Mangonada drink: a mango and guava slushie mixed with Taijn Fruity Chamoy Hot Sauce made with natural chilies, lime juice, sea salt, and apricot, topped with mango puree and dashes of Tajin Clasico Seasoning. Available through October 22.

DQ has a featured Blizzard of the month for July: Cake Batter Cookie Dough Blizzard consisting of soft serve with cake batter flavor, confetti cookie dough pieces, and sprinkles. This summer, participating DQ restaurants in Texas also will feature five more new blizzard flavors: Peanut Butter Puppy Chow, Oreo Brookie, Cotton Candy; S’mores, and Choco-Dipped Strawberry.

Yogurtland has a new Watermelon Lemonade Sorbet, made with watermelon and lemon, which is both vegan and non-fat.

McDonald's has released a new Cheesy Jalapeño Bacon Quarter Pounder with Cheese, otherwise known as the QPC. Make a note of it. The new Cheesy Jalapeño Bacon QPC features American cheese, bacon, and pickled jalapeño slices. You can get it in a double-patty version. And in an off-menu venture, some locations are adding Cheesy Jalapeño to the Sausage McMuffin with Egg. It's a limited-time item, available through mid-August.

El Chico has a new Tropical Parrot-dise cocktail made with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, Coco Reàl Cream of Coconut, pineapple juice, and Myers’s Original Dark Rum. Tropical Parrot-dise will be available for $7 through October 2 at El Chico locations in North Richland Hills and Granbury.

Restaurant Week is returning for its 27th year this August, benefiting the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope.The list of more than 100 participating restaurants is now live at DFWRestaurantWeek.com.

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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

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Yellowstone fans, get your comfy shoes ready - there'll be a long line for this one. Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler" on Yellowstone, and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, will meet fans and sign autographs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm only on Friday, February 3. Location is the 6666 Ranch booth near the south end of Aisle 700 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall.

According to a February 2 announcement from FWSSR, "fans will have the opportunity to snag an autograph as well as purchase some distinctive Yellowstone and 6666 Ranch merchandise while also enjoying all the features the Stock Show offers."

The event is free to attend (with paid Stock Show admission) and open to the public.

It's the second year in a row for Hauser to appear at FWSSR; in 2022, he and fellow cast mates drew huge crowds.

Sheridan, a Paschal High School graduate, is no stranger to Fort Worth; he lives in a ranch near Weatherford and filmed 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, in and around Fort Worth. Currently, another spinoff, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, is filming in North Texas.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is winding up its 2023 run on Saturday, February 4.

Tasty restaurant news tops this week's 5 most-read Fort Worth stories

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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 listhere.

1. Fat tacos, crispy pepperoni pizza, and more Fort Worth restaurant news. We have lots of tasty restaurant dish in Fort Worth right now, including a new pizzeria, a new AYCE pizza buffet, and new limited-edition tacos. There's more than one fried chicken offering, and at least two pumpkin specials. Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news.

2. Restaurant bullish on burgers and bourbon cocktails comes to Grapevine. A better burger concept from South Carolina is taking a crack at Texas: Bohemian Bull, a small chain founded in Charleston in 2013, has opened its first Texas location in Grapevine, featuring burgers and a full bar with 24 craft beer taps.

3. Award-winning Mexican restaurant hits the jackpot at new Denton location. A DFW restaurant that's earned national acclaim has opened in Denton: El Rincón del Maiz, previously of Garland, is now located at 1431 E. McKinney St. in Denton where it's winning over locals with its Tex-Mex classics and vegan dishes.

4. Fort Worth Symphony Opening Night Celebration ushers in new season with grace and gusto. Thunder crashed and lightning crackled outside, but a freak Friday night thunderstorm couldn’t dampen spirits at the Fort Worth Symphony Opening Night Concert and Celebration on September 8.

5. Where to drink in Fort Worth right now: 9 best bars to watch college football. Three weeks into the season and college football is on fire. Here are nine of the best bars to visit for some college football-watching in Fort Worth right now - a mix of old favorites and a few new surprises.

Mr Gatti's Pizza returns to home turf Fort Worth with new location

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A Fort Worth-based pizzeria concept has opened a location in Fort Worth: Mr Gatti's Pizza has opened a restaurant off Camp Bowie at 2812 Horne St. #100, a space previously occupied by Helen's Hot Chicken, where they're open with pizza, pizza rolls, and their signature ranch dressing.

The location is a franchise owned by Kirk Jefferies, who also owns and operates franchises of Jason’s Deli and Chicken Express. This is his first Mr Gatti’s, but he has more locations planned.

“When people talk about Mr Gatti's Pizza, you can see a spark in their eyes. We love being able to bring that 'excitement' and combine it with our passion for pizza,” Jefferies says in a release. “Mr Gatti's Pizza has been satisfying cravings for over 50 years. It truly is an honor to be a part of this legacy brand that people cherish."

Menu favorites from about a dozen pizza options include The Sampler, The Deluxe with sausage, pepperoni, & smoked provolone, and BBQ chicken. A basic 12-inch cheese pizza with one topping is $12.

There are lunch specials from 10:30 am-3 pm including pepperoni rolls and salad for $10; 8 wings and salad for $13; and a medium pizza with 2 salads for $15.

The chain was first founded in Stephenville, Texas as The Pizza Place, in September 1964. In 1969, founder James Eure moved to Austin and opened the first Mr Gatti’s Pizza, named for his wife's maiden name.

They have a major presence in South Texas but only two in the DFW area: Plano and Allen.

There was a location that opened in Fort Worth in 2016, at 3280 W. Seventh St. in Museum Place, which at the time, was the first to use the Mr. Gatti’s name; the chain had been going by "Gatti's." So many name changes! It closed in 2018. There was also a location in North Richland Hills which opened in 2016 and closed in early 2019; and a location in Richardson that closed in 2018.

Back in the day they had a big buffet as well as a big game room, two features for which many longtime fans are nostalgic. But this location is just about the pizza.

There are now more than 70 locations in states across the Southeast, including Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.