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With the year 2015 ticking down, you don't want to miss a minute. Let's give it the send-off it deserves: with a nice dinner, a toast or two, and some convivial farewells. These are some of the restaurants around Fort Worth that are ready to ring in the new year.

Some of these events may be on their way to selling out, so be sure to call and check for availability.

Here's where to dine out on New Year's Eve in Fort Worth:

Bird Cafe
Three-course prix fixe menu with lobster bisque, beef carpaccio, and leek souffle. $60. 817-332-2473.

Brick House Tavern
$5 and $7 late night appetizers from 9 pm until close. Brunch on New Year’s Day. 817-442-9796.

Classic Cafe
Special menu with choices such as tenderloin, quail, seafood, and vegetable galette. 5-11 pm. $75 with a credit card guarantee. 817-430-8185.

Cool River Cafe
Special menu, wine and champagne features, balloon drops, and party favors at midnight. 972-871-8881.

Copeland's of New Orleans
Fried turkey, mashed sweet potatoes with pecan Amaretto cream sauce, green bean casserole, corn maque choux, cranberry sauce, and a biscuit are on this Christmas menu. 7 am-10 pm. $19. Call 817-305-2199.

Del Frisco's Grille
Regular menu plus special of prime rib with mashed potatoes, $42 for a 16-ounce or $49 for a 20-ounce. Champagne toast at midnight. Brunch January 1-3, 11 am-3 pm.

Ellerbe Fine Foods
Louisiana-style 4-course prix fixe menu. 5-11 p.m. $85, plus $35 for wine pairings 817-926-3663.

Kirby's Steakhouse Southlake
Four course menu with choice of sea bass, Lamb, and rib eye. $89. 817-410-2221.

Lonesome Dove
Four-course menu with elk, rabbit confit crepinette, striped bass, and more. Plus champagne toast. $95. 817-740-8810.

Martin House
Party with new beers including pretzel stout with candy cane, and vanilla peach gateway blonde. Plus old keepers like salsa verde, Christmas in July, and a sugar and spice tasting. 5-9 pm. $15. 817-222-0177.

Max's Wine Dive
"Thursday Night Live" costume party. Dress up as your favorite SNL character. Specials on Dom Perignon. 6-11 pm. 817-870-1100.

Melting Pot Arlington
Special five-course menu only, with smoked salmon bruschetta, lobster-stuffed mushrooms, and more. $120 per couple. 817-472-9988.

Next Wood-Fired Bistro
Four-course menu. Open 5-9 pm. $80. 682-325-4046.

Queenies Steakhouse
Four-course dinner with a champagne toast and a live jazz band $85 940-442-6834.

RA Sushi
Pre-fixe menu includes beverage, three courses, and dessert. $35. 601-9590.

Simply Fondue
Party favors, champagne toast. 4 pm, $59. 5-10 pm, $79.

The Social House
Four-course dinner event from 5-10 p.m. $65. 817-820-1510.

Vivo 53
Regular menu and regular hours on New Year's Eve from 11 am-10 pm. New Years Day brunch with $1 mimosas and bellinis, 10 am-5 pm. 682-207-8700.

Limited menu. Caviar available if ordered in advance. $85. 817-984-1110.

Woodshed Smokehouse
Barbecue buffet, champagne, and open bar. $75. 817-877-4545.


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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.

Texas' favorite soft drink Dr Pepper spins off fruity-creamy new flavor

Soda News

Texas' favorite soda Dr Pepper, loved for its cherry-ish flavor, has a new berry variety: Strawberries & Cream, available in regular and Zero Sugar versions, now on shelves everywhere.

According to a release, Dr Pepper Strawberries & Cream Regular will be offered in 12-packs with 12-ounce cans and also in 20-ounce bottles. The Zero Sugar version will be offered in 12 packs only.

Both will be permanent additions.

The release says that the new flavor combines the original 23 flavors of Dr Pepper but with layers of strawberry flavor and a creamy finish. That sounds like a lot of activity for a little old soda.

"Our expert team of flavor scientists are constantly innovating to bring to life new varieties that will surprise and delight treat seekers and our existing dedicated fans," says Dr Pepper Marketing VP John Alvarado. "Dr Pepper Strawberries & Cream is an exciting evolution for our brand's flavor portfolio as it joins our permanent lineup alongside popular varieties such as Dr Pepper & Cream Soda and Dr Pepper Zero Sugar."

Dr Pepper is part of Keurig Dr Pepper but is also the oldest major soft drink in the United States, around since 1885.

The "23 flavors" theme, which is said to be responsible for its unique taste, is a secret recipe, ooooh, and is thought to include amaretto, almond, blackberry, black licorice, carrot, clove, cherry, caramel, cola, ginger, juniper, lemon, molasses, nutmeg, orange, prune, plum, pepper, root beer, rum, raspberry, tomato, and vanilla.

The current full Dr Pepper lineup includes Regular, Diet, Caffeine Free, Cherry, Zero Sugar, and Cream Soda.

A spokesperson says that Dr Pepper has introduced several LTO flavors over the past few years, including Dr Pepper Fansville Reserve Bourbon and FANtastic Chocolate in celebration of college football season, and Dark Berry, all available for a limited time only.

The spokesperson neglects to mention some other special edition flavors from the past that have included Dr Pepper Red Fusion, Dr Pepper Berries & Cream, Dr Pepper Cherry, Dr Pepper Vanilla Float, and Diet Cherry Chocolate Dr Pepper, which was delicious.

The two best were definitely Heritage Dr Pepper and Dr Pepper "Made With Real Sugar" — best because they used sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. Alas, discontinued.

H-E-B gets the ball rolling on its newest DFW supermarket: Mansfield

Supermarket News

It's Mansfield's lucky day: Texas supermarket king H-E-B officially started construction on a new location in Mansfield, breaking ground in a ceremony on February 3.

According to a release, the store, which was first announced in August 2022, will open in spring 2024.

The store will measure 118,000 square feet, and will be located at the corner of US 287 and Broad Street. H-E-B owns roughly 28 acres at the site.

H-E-B Mansfield joins H-E-B Alliance, currently under construction and set to open in spring 2024, as the first locations in Tarrant County. H-E-B also operates a Central Market location in Fort Worth.

H-E-B Executive VP Juan-Carlos Rück said in a statement that the company was excited to strengthen its commitment to DFW.

"Our H-E-B locations across North Texas continue to stir up great excitement with customers, and this H-E-B store will allow us to answer the long-standing call for an H-E-B in this thriving community," he said.

The store will follow a template set by stores in Plano and McKinney, including a True Texas BBQ restaurant with drive-thru on site; an H-E-B Pharmacy with drive-thru, backyard department, and home décor department with furniture, textiles, and pieces from the Haven + Key and Texas Proud collections.

It'll also have H-E-B Curbside and Home Delivery, allowing customers to place orders online for pickup at the store or delivery to the home.

Other highlights include bakery, deli, cheese, charcuterie island, sushi made in-store daily, Asian grill with rice bowls and teriyaki, live demonstrations and samplings, produce, meat, and floral department with online ordering and delivery service.

Also, an extensive craft beer and wine section with sampling station, bulk food items, sports nutrition products and supplements, frozen foods, cosmetics, pet food including Heritage Ranch by H-E-B pet food, plus seasonal items.

Decor will reflect the Mansfield community and incorporate energy-efficient inclusions such as CO2 refrigeration units, LED lighting, and native landscaping.

Time for a quote from the mayor:

“The Mansfield community welcomes H-E-B as a partner and advocate for quality service and world class standards of operation,” said Mansfield Mayor Michael Evans. “Our residents will be the recipients of top-quality grocery and produce, and we are excited about their presence in our city.”