Photo courtesy of Gucci

UPDATE 9-27-2022: Opening day has been pushed back to Monday, October 10, a store representative says.

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Fort Worth fashionistas who, for months, have eagerly watched for the "Open" sign to appear on the city's first Gucci store, can finally grab their handbags and head over. Gucci will open at The Shops at Clearfork on Friday, September 30.

The Italian luxury brand's first standalone Fort Worth boutique spans more than 4,500 square feet and carries a wide selection of men’s and women’s shoes, handbags, luggage, small leather goods, jewelry, watches, and eyewear, according to a release.

The Clearfork location is the seventh Gucci boutique in Texas. But it's the first time Fort Worth shoppers don't have to trek east across the Metroplex — to Dallas' Galleria or NorthPark Center, or even further to Plano's Legacy West — for a full-scale Gucci experience.

And while the luxury goods may pull shoppers in, the elegant Clearfork store itself may keep them entranced.

"With a look that invites customers to feel welcome and relaxed, the interior design is discreet," the release says. "In keeping with the elegant and contemporary eclecticism that characterizes Gucci’s collections, the store sees the combination of traditional and modern, industrial and romantic. Contrasting merchandising elements represent different design codes, combining to create curiosity, inviting customers to feel like they are constantly discovering new aspects of the store."

Design details include:

  • Custom geometric carpet, which, they say, produces decorative three-dimensional effects on the floors.
  • Mechanical display units that contrast with soft, rich fabrics adorning the rooms.
  • Round tables that offset rectangular ones.
  • Varnished, gold iron wall finishes that complement red velvets on upholstery and fitting rooms.
  • Luxurious chairs and benches for a textured effect.
  • LED lighting to promote energy efficiency.

"The result is a space that entices, surprises and feels personal to Gucci," they say.

Established in Florence, Italy, in 1921, Gucci is one of the world’s leading luxury brands. President and CEO Marco Bizzarri and Creative Director Alessandro Michele now lead the brand, which is part of the global luxury group Kering.

"Following the House’s centenary, Gucci forges ahead into the next hundred years, continuing to redefine luxury while celebrating the creativity, Italian craftsmanship, and innovation at the core of its values," the release says.

The Shops at Clearfork boutique is located next to Louis Vuitton, near Tory Burch and Kate Spade New York. Hours are 10 am-7 pm Monday-Thursday, 10 am-8 pm Friday-Saturday, and 12-6 pm Sunday.

Funky Picnic

Funky Fort Worth brewpub unveils speakeasy bar with pizza on the side

Speakeasy News

A Fort Worth restaurant is about to debut an ultra-trendy new spinoff. Funky Picnic Brewery & Café, the brewpub in the Near Southside, is opening a speakeasy bar and pizza kitchen called The Back Room at Funky Picnic, which will occupy the space right next door at 401 Bryan Ave. #109 that was previously occupied by Black Cat Pizza, which closed in March.

According to a release, The Back Room will open on September 23. It'll be an adults-only speakeasy bar and lounge open for now on weekend nights only, Friday-Saturday-Sunday from 3-11 pm.

Co-founder/general manager Samantha Glenn says in a statement that they couldn't pass up the opportunity to expand into a connecting space and create a unique yet complementary experience.

"This led us to creating The Back Room with a more sophisticated speakeasy vibe, along with later operating hours for the 21 and older crowd," she says.

Plus, surely our October 2021 story about speakeasy bars being a big hot trend was a factor.

There'll be food from Funky Picnic chef Josh Rangel and sous chef Parker Gordon, including 10-inch pizzas such as Steak Pizza with an olive oil base, bleu cheese, steak, greens, and balsamic drizzle; and one topped with mushrooms and shaved asparagus. Tim Love just demo'd shaved asparagus on Fox 4, is that a thing now?

Anyway, in good news for Funky Picnic diners, the pizzas will also be available on the Funky Picnic menu from Tuesday–Saturday.

The bar program at the Back Room will include cocktails, beers on tap from Funky Picnic next-door, as well as experimental beer and cocktail experiences such as shareable bottles of Lambic, says cofounder and ciccerone Collin Zreet in a statement.

"In addition to limited single keg releases from head brewer Michael Harper, The Back Room will be the only place in Fort Worth to enjoy authentic Belgian Lambic on-site, alongside other mixed fermentation beers from breweries like Jester King Brewery in Austin to give customers a unique and enjoyable new experience at Funky Picnic," Zreet says.

Funky Picnic opened in 2019 and recently earned a nomination in CultureMap's annual Tastemaker Awards for 2022 Bar of the Year.

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Brewpub team drafts new spot with gourmet sandwiches in Fort Worth

Brewpub News

There's a new brewpub coming to Dallas-Fort Worth with not one but two locations. Called Boozie's Brewery & Gourmet Sandwiches, it's a full-service brewpub that will feature chef-driven food including bountiful sandwiches, plus a fully functional brewery and full bar.

It'll open in Fort Worth as well as Fairview Town Center in Collin County; that location will be called Boozie's Brewery & TX Fare.

The concept is from a team that includes founder Bruce Conti, chef David Hollister, Chip Stroup, and brewer Bobby Mullins.

  • Conti is the Fort Worth businessman and developer who owns landmark buildings such as the former Fort Worth Star Telegram printing plant and the Ranch Style Beans complex where Wild Acre Brewing Co. opened in 2016.
  • Hollister is the acclaimed chef who most recently led the kitchen at Wild Acre Brewing.
  • Stroup owned a restaurant in Plano and was a manager at Gas Monkey Bar & Grill.
  • Mullins was co-founder and brewer at Armadillo Ale Works in Denton, which closed in March.

The journey to Boozie's is a little complicated.

Conti was part of the founding team of Wild Acre when they spun off a brewpub at 6479 Camp Bowie Blvd. in 2020. The spinoff served Wild Acre brews, plus dishes such as Wagyu patty melt, Cuban press, chicken lollipops, and Spam fries. The brewpub received a nomination in CultureMap's 2022 Tastemaker Awards for Best Restaurant of the Year.

In 2022, Wild Acre Brewing was acquired by Dallas-based Bishop Cider. The original brewing operation remains at 1734 E. El Paso St., southeast of downtown Fort Worth.

Conti and company will transform the Camp Bowie Wild Acre into their Boozie's concept, where they'll continue to serve a menu of elevated bar food crafted by chef Hollister, but with a new lineup of beer brewed by Mullins.

They also have plans to open more Boozie's concepts around DFW. That includes a second location in Fairview, at 311 Town Pl., a space once occupied by a kooky restaurant called Wyland's Ocean Blue. Fairview has been in the works for a while, originally floated as a Wild Acre location, and they've already installed a dozen brewing tanks.

Both locations will feature an on-site brewery, but the menus will differ at each location. They'll also be transitioning from beer-and-wine-only to a full bar, so that they can serve cocktails.

Food-wise, the menu in Fort Worth will be similar to what Hollister created for Wild Acre, with an emphasis on the sandwiches Hollister is known for (he previously founded Dagwoods Grinders and Common Ground, both nominated for Restaurant of the Year in CultureMap's 2016 Tastemaker Awards).

The menu at Fairview will incorporate some of the cuisines he's done in the past; the Le Cordon Bleu graduate once worked as a sous chef for Grady Spears.

"We'll be showcasing more Texas cuisine — not barbecue, but more like trail food," he says. "We're working on a chicken-fried steak with a sourdough breading. We'll be doing a true Texas red chili, and a fun Texas caviar."

Since the location is in Fairview, they're also going to play with a state fair theme including a funnel cake dessert with a Dr Pepper caramel sauce.

No opening date yet, but they're already hiring staff so it'll definitely be in the fall.

Photo courtesy of Cowtown Concepts LLC

Little birdie social club flies 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. A little birdie social club with patios galore has opened in Fort Worth. A veteran bar group in Fort Worth is debuting a new venue: Called Birdie's Social Club, it's in the Cultural District at a familiar address: 2736 W 6th St., IE, the space that was formerly Lola's, which is relocating. Birdie's is a casual, open-air concept, spanning the entire block between 5th and 6th streets, with three indoor and outdoor bars, multiple patios, food, drinks, and entertainment.

2. Fort Worth bar is one of 9 across the U.S. to host spooky Halloween pop-up. A Fort Worth bar is one of the few bars across the U.S. chosen to host a special pop-up with a Halloween theme. Called Black Lagoon, it's an immersive Halloween pop-up bar concept that will hit nine cities across the U.S., and that includes Nickel City, the neighborhood bar located at 212 S. Main St. in Fort Worth.

3. Where to eat in Fort Worth right now: 5 must-try restaurants for August. The August edition of Where to Eat is mostly about new places, including one from California doing spicy chicken sandwiches and one that cleverly combines Mediterranean food with a Texas touch. There's also sushi in Southlake, lemonade on West 7th, and a longtime Mexican restaurant reopening. Here's where to eat in Fort Worth right now.

4. Vonlane expands luxury bus service from Fort Worth to 2 popular Texas cities. In welcome news for Fort Worth travelers seeking alternatives to flying or filling their tanks, Vonlane has ramped up service to two popular Texas destinations. The luxury bus operator has introduced two new departures, on peak travel days, from Fort Worth to and from Austin and Houston (for a total of four daily excursions between each city).

5. Enchant, 'world's largest' holiday lights spectacular, powers back up in North Texas for 2022. Dallas-Fort Worth will shine bright through the 2022 holiday season with the return of Enchant, the magical Christmas lights event that's been dazzling DFW at various locations — on and off — since 2017. For the second year in a row, Dallas' Fair Park will be the setting for the spectacular lights event, which will power up on November 25.

Hey little Birdie, let's party.

Photo courtesy of Cowtown Concepts LLC
Hey little Birdie, let's party.
Photo courtesy of Cowtown Concepts LLC

A little birdie social club with patios galore has opened in Fort Worth

Birdie News

A veteran bar group in Fort Worth is debuting a new venue: Called Birdie's Social Club, it's in the Cultural District at a familiar address: 2736 W 6th St., IE, the space that was formerly Lola's, which is relocating.

Birdie's is a casual, open-air concept, spanning the entire block between 5th and 6th streets, with three indoor and outdoor bars, multiple patios, food, drinks, and entertainment. According to a release, it's now open.

The club is from Cowtown Concepts LLC, creators of the Curfew Bar, with inspiration culled from a variety of sources spanning Route 66, country clubs, and the pastel flourishes of Palm Springs, evinced via large-scale murals and colorful details such picnic benches, umbrella tables, and loungers that have transformed the historic space.

The venue has both an outdoor covered stage for live acts and an indoor stage called The Clubhouse for intimate shows. They'll be open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

Details on the food are still forthcoming, but the cocktail menu for the outside space includes Birdie's Laughing Margarita; an Arnold Palmer with house-made peach tea available by the pitcher; and the Little Hollywood, a riff on the Dirty Shirley with bourbon and an ancho chile kick.

Inside features a cigar-lounge feel with a moody upscale interior, where they serve classic cocktails like the Tom Collins and the Gimlet.

But it's also designed to be family-friendly, and has an all-ages policy until 10 pm.

A grand opening is penciled in for Wednesday, August 31 from 4-8 pm with the Powell Brothers, Fletcher's Corny Dogs, and complimentary champagne from the Bubble Bus while supplies last.

Jon's Grille

Chef's long-awaited burger grill fires up this week's 5 most-read Fort Worth stories

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. Anticipated burger joint debuts and more Fort Worth restaurant news. This roundup of Fort Worth dining news includes some cool openings that have been in the works for a while, plus a few tasty new dishes and an enticing new beer. Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news.

2. Girl Scouts unveil radical new flavor for 2023 cookie season in Fort Worth. The Girl Scouts are up to something radical: They're adding a new flavor for the 2023 season that's a spinoff of their trademark Thin Mints cookie. Called the Raspberry Rally, it's a thin, crispy cookie that looks and acts like a Thin Mint, with the same chocolaty coating. But instead of a minty center, it's infused with raspberry flavor.

3. Kimbell Art Museum celebrates 50th anniversary with a week of free events for Fort Worth. Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum is celebrating its milestone 50th birthday this fall, and everyone's invited to the party — even the kids. On October 4, 1972, the Kimbell opened the Louis I. Kahn building to great acclaim. Accordingly, the week of October 4-9 will be prime celebration week for the city's premier art museum, with the biggest event happening Saturday, October 8.

4. Where to drink in Fort Worth right now: 8 best bars for '90s-cool espresso martinis. Call it a comeback. The espresso martini, the hottest drink in the current world of cocktails originated in the 1980s and picked up steam in the '90s, and its recent resurgence has bar owners scrambling to stock coupe glasses and coffee beans. Here are eight of the best hot spots to sip them in Fort Worth.

5. Distillery and grill in Roanoke fulfills all your eating and drinking needs. The city of Roanoke is home to an ambitious new spot that's a restaurant and distillery in one. Called Anderson Distillery and Grill, it just opened at 400 S. Oak St., right by Roanoke City Hall, where it's serving a roster of spirits made in-house, along with cocktails and a menu of bites.

There's a new burger in town.

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NFL legend Terry Bradshaw's ranch north of Dallas-Fort Worth listed for $22.5 million

Celebrity listing

An Oklahoma ranch around 70 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth that’s owned by NFL Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst Terry Bradshaw is back on the market for $22.5 million.

Bernard Uechtritz, owner of Dallas-based real estate agency Icon Global Group, says the 744-acre ranch was relisted after a deal with a would-be buyer fell through. Cancellation of the purchase followed a series of contract extensions, along with repeated assurances from the potential buyer and their representatives that the deal would close, according to Uechtritz. It’s unknown how much that buyer was willing to pay for the ranch.

Over the years, Uechtritz and Bradshaw have been “inundated” by inquiries about selling the ranch, where the E! reality TV series The Bradshaw Bunch was filmed, according to an Icon Global news release.

Terry Bradshaw ranch The E! reality TV series The Bradshaw Bunch was filmed here.Photo courtesy of Icon Global

Bradshaw says in the news release that he and his wife, Tammy, are “sad to leave this great big ranch and our wonderful home, which has been our idyllic retreat of so many years; however, it is time that we slowed down a little, freeing us up to travel more, as well as enjoy new grandchildren, family, and other interests.”

The Bradshaws now live on a smaller farm in Texas where they continue to operate their Quarter Horse breeding business. In conjunction with the sale of the ranch, the Bradshaws are selling 150 Quarter Horses at an October 22 auction.

Terry Bradshaw ranch The ranch sits on 744 acres.Photo courtesy of Icon Global

The ranch, just east of Thackerville, Oklahoma, and a few miles west of the Texas-Oklahoma border, will keep operating until the new owner takes over. The property, overlooking the Red River, sits within the boundaries of the Chickasaw Nation, which is home to the massive WinStar World Casino and Resort.

“The property and facilities are a turnkey-ready proposition for a major equestrian player in the horse business, or continued use as a cattle or private recreational ranch,” Uechtritz says.

Highlights of the ranch include:

  • Rustic 8,600-square-foot home with six bedrooms, six bathrooms, two half-bathrooms, and four fireplaces
  • 2,600-square-foot manager’s house
  • Four-bedroom bunkhouse
  • Outdoor patio encompassing about 1,000 square feet, with a full kitchen, bar, fireplace, hot sauna, and fire pit
  • Eight lakes and ponds
  • Outdoor pool
  • Two-story doghouse made of stone
  • 12-stall stallion barn
  • 20-stall show barn
  • 50-stall mare barn with a laboratory, breeding facility, office, and covered arena
  • 20-stall barn for weaning horses
  • Hay barn
  • Show-pig barn

The property has been on and off the market for a number of years. At various times, it’s been priced at $11.9 million, $10.8 million, $10.6 million, and $9.9 million, according to media reports.

Terry Bradshaw The Bradshaws are selling 150 Quarter Horses at an October 22 auction.Photo courtesy of Icon Global

As quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s and ’80s, Bradshaw led the team to four Super Bowl victories and twice clinched Super Bowl MVP honors. The Louisiana native, who celebrated his 74th birthday earlier this month, retired from pro football in 1984 after a 14-year stint with the Steelers and then joined CBS Sports as a football analyst. He’s been a Fox Sports football analyst since 1994.

This tiny green inchworm is why Dallas-Fort Worth trees are losing their leaves

Worm News

If your backyard tree has suddenly and completely lost its leaves, there's a tiny green worm you can blame. It's called the cankerworm, AKA inchworm, and it has invaded trees across Dallas-Fort Worth.

These tiny caterpillars feed off trees, completely defoliating the canopy — specifically the hackberry tree, their favorite. And in fall 2022, they've arrived in North Texas with a vengeance.

Residents from Mesquite on the east to West Fort Worth on the west have spotted the bright green worms, less than an inch long, swaying from silken strings, hanging from door eaves, yard furniture, open porches, anyplace they can catch a breeze.

These cankerworms are a regular part of Texas' fauna, but DFW is experiencing a rare widespread outbreak, says Amy Heath, a Board Certified Master Arborist and the owner of Texas Tree Surgeons, a tree trimming company based in Garland.

Heath says that her staff of arborists has been seeing the little critters — which she identifies as the sciota celtidella moth also known as the hackberry leafroller — all over North Texas.

"We've just started getting calls because the defoliation has become so dramatic over the last week," Heath says. "People become concerned when they see their trees losing all of their leaves."

While it's weird to see hackberry trees basically stripped of their leaves, it's not a real issue to the health of the tree — it's more of a nuisance, she says.

"You'll find clusters when you go outside, they're dropping out of trees, and the silken string is a little like a spider web," she says.

If they're in your doorway, prepare yourself because once you're inside, you'll probably find one or two in your hair.

Cankerworm outbreaks only come every few years, says Wizzie Brown, an Extension Program Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

"They don't following a calendar year," she says. "Outbreaks usually occur every 3-5 years and it’s not widespread — it's usually in geographic pockets. We had one in Central Texas last year."

Their occurrence is based on environmental conditions.

"Is the temperature right? Is there moisture? Even the daylight cycle," Brown says.

The weird 2022 summer in North Texas — where there was no rain for 100 days, then massive flooding storms — looms as a significant factor.

"That rain prompted vegetation to come out, with new growth," Brown says. "Insects are going to say, 'There’s food available, we need to get cranking'."

The last outbreak that hit DFW was in 2015, Heath says. This 2022 outbreak began surfacing the week of August 15, and their lifespan is about 4-6 weeks, so they're in their very final days, and their exit is hastened by the cooler nights we're finally starting to see.

"The bigger problem is the underlying stresses we have on our trees right now," Heath says. "This year has been hard on trees. We had the huge freeze in 2021, then this summer of drought, with higher temperatures that came early so the ground around the roots was hotter than it usually is."

"Hackberries get get a root fungus when they get stressed which makes them a risk for total failure," she says. "Most people look at the canopy, but the arborist looks at the bottom of the tree first."

Spraying pesticide isn't considered effective since the inchworms are so widespread and floaty in the air that they're impossible to capture.

"Maybe just get out the water hose and spray your doorway," Brown says.

These are the 6 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

This week in gluttony

Can’t make it out to the State Fair of Texas this year? A Fort Worth beignet shop has you covered on the fair food this week. Girl Scout Cookies also make an early appearance, and patio season is back in a big way at a downtown seafood destination. For those who think all sparkling wine is champagne, there’s a wine tasting class this week just for you.

Wednesday, September 28

The Last Girl Scout Stout and Cookie Flights at Martin House Brewing Company
Girl Scout Cookie season arrives early at Martin House Brewing Company, which is launching its barrel-aged Thin Mint cookie stout – called The Last Girl Scout – with a pairing party. The $15 flight includes four beers and four cookies (which may or may not all be Girl Scout Cookies), including Thin Mints, lemon cookies, caramel-chocolate-coconut cookies, and Fig Newtons. Visit anytime from 4-8 pm.

Sparkling Class at Thirty-Eight & Vine
Learn the differences between various sparkling wines during this bubbly tasting at The Foundry District wine bar. Only 10 spots are available, and the class will be held in Thirty-Eight & Vine’s private room. Class is $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and begins at 6 pm.

Thursday, September 29

National Coffee Day at Shipley Do-Nuts
The longtime Houston-based doughnut chain will celebrate National Coffee Day with a free cup. All customers at any Fort Worth store can get a complimentary medium house blend coffee with any purchase, in-store or online, with the code COFFEE929. Shipley’s recently rolled out a new coffee line, a blend of ethically sourced Central and South American coffee beans that are medium roasted for hot brew.

Wine Dinner at Jane
The chic Southlake wine bar will host a six-course wine pairing event featuring an array of small plates and wines from around the world. Menu items include green tomato gazpacho, chicken piccata wontons, bison sliders with onion jam, charcoal pasta with butternut squash sauce, spiced lamb chops, and brown sugar flan. The pairing event is $119 per person and begins at 7 pm.

Friday, September 30

Wine and Brine at Waters
Patio season is basically back, and Waters Restaurant is celebrating with the return of its Wine and Brine series. Every Friday, guests can make reservations for $25 per person to sit and sip on the patio. The fee includes two glasses of wine paired with two chef-inspired small plates. Reservations are not required, but walk-ins are very limited. The patio opens at 4 pm.

State Fair Pop-Up at The Dusty Biscuit
If making it out to the State Fair of Texas isn’t in the cards, catch this fair food pop-up in Fort Worth. Dusty Biscuit Beignets (winner of the 2022 CultureMap Tastemaker Award for Best New Restaurant) will serve a special menu of classic and gourmet funnel cakes, fried Oreo beignets, deep fried “Dusty Dogs,” and frozen State Fair-style lemonade. Visit from 6-9 pm.