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01/28/2013

Fort Worth's Sundance Square announces another restaurant for new building, plaza

Longtime Sundance Square restaurateur Shannon Wynne, owner of the Flying Saucer and 8.0, will open a new concept downtown called the Bird Café.

The 6,400-square-foot restaurant will open in October and include 2,300 square feet of patio space in the new Sundance Square plaza, and using some of the space used by the Flying Saucer.

"We couldn’t be happier with Shannon’s new concept," said Johnny Campbell, president and CEO of Sundance Square.

Bird Café will be incorporated into the existing Land Title Building, built in 1888, as well as the new Commerce Building currently under construction on Commerce Street, between Third and Fourth streets. The L-shaped restaurant will use 3,883 square feet of space in the Land Title Building and 2,586 square feet in the Commerce Building creating a unique blend of new and old, Campbell said.

A patio will extend from the Commerce Building to the Land Title Building creating an outdoor dining area. The patio will be split between two levels with the ground level featuring 1,824 square feet and another 496 square feet on the second floor.

"We are keeping the decor under wrap until we are ready to open, but we are incorporating the historical significance of the Land Title Building into the design while creating an interior that has a current sensibility," said Wynne. "It will all come together when we open and I think patrons of the Fort Worth art scene will dig it. While pretty upscale, we will be very approachable at lunch and dinner."

Wynne closed 8.0 last year on Fourth Street and moved the Flying Saucer there. The Flying Saucer had occupied the Land Title Building since 1995. The 8.0 opened in 1993.

The Commerce flanks the new plaza on the east and another new building, The Westbrook on the west. The north side of the plaza along 3rd Street will be framed by the historic Jett Building and a new multi-purpose pavilion. On the south side of the plaza, a double allée of trees will define the nearly 1-acre site.

_ Sandra Baker

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