11 posts categorized "Restaurants-Fort Worth"


Tony's Pizza in Arlington opens in Fort Worth's medical district

Longtime Arlington restaurateur Tony Leland has opened a location of Tony's Pizza Pasta & Subs at 609 S. Jennings Ave. in Fort Worth.

Tony's has operated in Arlington since 1981.

The Fort Worth location is 4,200 square feet and is in the former Cosmoz Cafe location, at the southeast corner of Jennings and Pennsylvania avenues.

Roger Smeltzer and Scott Lowe with Vision Commercial Realty completed lease negotiations.

_ Sandra Baker




New burger pub coming to FW's West 7th development

Fort Worth is getting another burger restaurant.

Brewster’s Burger Bar has signed a lease for 2,969 square feet at the southeast corner of Crockett and Currie streets in West 7th. It is slated to open in December.

Brewster's is being opened by Steve Brown of the BPSB Corp. Brown has more than 35 years restaurant experience. He opened Esparza's Restaurante Mexicano in historic downtown Grapevine in 1985. In 1997, he opened Guero’s Mexican Grill in Valley Ranch.

Brewster's will feature a full bar offering as many as 60 craft beers on tap. The restaurant  will use the freshest meat and freshly-baked buns.  

Designed by the Duncan Design Group of Dallas, Brewster's will have a classic pub atmosphere with wood, leather and brick.

Roger Smeltzer and Josue Gonzalez with Vision Commercial completed lease negotiations.

_ Sandra Baker


Kona Grill coming to Fort Worth's West 7th development later this year


Kona Grill, where the specialties include the Big Island Meatloaf, sweet-chile glazed salmon and pad Thai noodles, is the latest restaurant chain to join the mix at West 7th.

The 7,500-square-foot restaurant will be at the intersection of Crockett Street and University Drive, said developer Cypress Equities.

This will be Kona Grill’s fifth Texas location and second in the Metroplex. It will open later this year.

Kona Grill provides contemporary cuisine made from scratch, including sandwiches, flatbreads, soups and an assortment of entrees featuring macadamia nut chicken, Big Island meatloaf, sweet-chili glazed salmon, and pad Thai noodles.

Diners may also enjoy sushi prepared at the restaurant’s full sushi bar, as well as designer cocktails.

"This addition will provide our guests with even greater dining options and further establish West 7th as one of the most popular destinations for Tarrant County foodies," said Michael Wheat, Cypress Equities’ executive vice president.

Steve Ewing with EDGE Realty Partners represented the tenant. Rodger Chieffalo with Chieffalo Realty represented the landlord.

_ Sandra Baker


Which Wich to open in West 7th later this year

Which Wich, a sandwich shop known for its unique customer ordering system, plans a spot in the West 7th development.

Developer Cypress Equities said the 1,394-square-foot shop will open this year. It will be between Sweet Tomatoes and Wink Threading Salon in the 2900 block of West Seventh Street.

The restaurant features more than 50 varieties of customizable sandwiches. Customers use red pens on select their choice on a pre-printed menu on brown sandwich bags.

Melissa Kulig with The Westover Group represented the tenant.

West 7th is a 13-acre pedestrian-friendly development at 7th Street and University Drive offering shops, apartments, offices and restaurants.

_ Sandra Baker


Del Frisco's opening second downtown Fort Worth restaurant

Southlake-based Del Frisco Restaurant Group will open a second restaurant in downtown Fort Worth next year.

The company said today it will open a two-story, 9,000-square-foot Del Frisco’s Grille with a large patio at 420 Commerce St. It also operates Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House at Eighth and Main streets.

"We have enjoyed great success already in Fort Worth with our Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House on Main Street and we are grateful to our loyal guests whom we look forward to seeing so often," Mark Mednansky, CEO of Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group. "We hope our friends in Fort Worth embrace Del Frisco’s Grille, too."

The menu at Del Frisco’s Grille takes the traditional bar and grill to new heights, using bold flavors, regional ingredients and local flair in many of its dishes, the company said.

Earlier this year, Del Frisco’s Grille was honored by Nation’s Restaurant News as the winner of the 18th annual Hot Concepts Award. In New York, the Del Frisco’s Grille in Rockefeller Center was distinguished by the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges and named the winner of the 2012 Concierge Choice Award for "Casual Dining," an award given to those who create exceptional experiences for New York City visitors.

The Fort Worth location will be in the Commerce Building, one of three new building going up in Sundance Square, the 35-block retail, office, residential and entertainment district.

Del Frisco’s Grille is the first restaurant to sign a lease in the new plaza in Sundance Square, said CEO Johnny Campbell.

"This is the first of many announcements we will have in the next few months about retail and restaurants in the plaza," Campbell said.

Del Frisco’s Grille is also in Washington DC, Dallas, Atlanta, and Phoenix, with additional sites planned for Santa Monica, Houston and Boston next year, the company said.

_ Sandra Baker


Del Frisco's sets IPO price at $14 to $16

Southlake-based Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, which in January said it plans to go public, on Tuesday filed disclosures showing it hopes to issue up to 8.05 million shares at $14 to $16 each. The company will sell 4.33 million of the shares, raising an estimated $57.2 million after expenses, while its largest shareholder, Lone Star Fund, plans to sell at least 2.67 million shares, or up to 3.7 million shares if the demand exists. (Lone Star bought a predecessor corporation in 2006.) An issue date has not been announced, but the shares will trade under the ticker DFRG on the Nasdaq. Del Frisco's said it will use $50 million to pay down outstanding debt.

According to its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Del Frisco's last year reported $9 million in net income on $201.6 million in sales. That compared to $8.7 million in earnings on $165.6 million in revenues in 2010. It operates 32 restaurants in 18 states under three names: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Sullivan's Steakhouse, and Del Frisco's Grille.

-- Jim Fuquay


Dunkin' Donuts, Jerry Jones, Troy Aikman team up on North Texas venture

Dunkin’ Donuts, which re-entered North Texas several years ago with plans for an aggressive expansion before encountering problems with locations and brand awareness, is hitching its star to two of the region’s highest-profile businesspeople and personalities: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Troy Aikman.

The company, Jones, and Aikman said Thursday morning they've entered a limited partnership that will initially own 11 of Dunkin' Donuts' 19 Metroplex stores, and serve as Dunkin' Donuts' primary expansion vehicle in the region.

The partnership agreements calls for up to 50 stores over five years, but Aikman called that a “minimum” and Jones said he views that number as a “starting point.”

Still to come: What kind of a public face Jones and Aikman, who won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys, will put on the venerable franchise.

“We clearly see this as a growth opportunity,” Nigel Travis, CEO of the Massachusetts restaurateur, which has more than 10,000 locations in 32 countries, said. “I think people identify very closely with Jerry, and Troy is a person a lot of people have great respect for. We’ve got three great partners, all of which bring a different piece to the partnership.”

Under their agreement, Dunkin’ Donuts, based in Massachusetts,  will operate the stores, and the Jones family and Aikman will be responsible for strategic planning, expansion and marketing.

In interviews, the three declined to disclose the financial terms of partnership.

“Obviously, there is a financial transaction, and everyone is looking for a return on their invesatment,” Travis said.

Jones said he thinks the partnership could eventually double or triple the 50 stores outlined in their agreement.

“That would be a goal of mine,” he said.

The partnership is unusual for Dunkin’ Donuts, whose business is heavily focused on franchises, and it’s only the company’s third joint venture, behind two others in Asia, Travis said.

The agreement grew out of a longtime friendship between the Jones family and Travis, former CEO of Papa John’s and former president of Blockbuster in Dallas. Papa John’s became the long-running Official Pizza of the Dallas Cowboys and Jones a joint owner of dozens of Texas Papa John’s, and Jones, Cowboys players, and cheerleaders have appeared in Papa John’s advertising.

Travis became Dunkin’ Donuts CEO little more than three years ago, and the company became the Official Coffee of the Cowboys in 2009.

Aikman said he became familiar with Dunkin’ Donuts as a board member of the Wingstop restaurant chain, serving with Jon Luther, who also is chairman of Dunkin’ Donuts parent Dunkin’ Brands.

“He and I got to talking about Dunkin’s interest in getting a bigger footprint west,” said Aikman, who also is a Wingstop investor and endorser.

Travis, Jones and Aikman said they haven’t yet sat down to discuss how to incorporate the personalities into the advertising and marketing for the stores.

They were quick to say what worked in the Papa John’s relationship might not work for Dunkin’ Donuts. But all three said they expect a meld of the personalities and Cowboys’ profile into the Dunkin’ Donuts marketing plan.

“You grow your brand through the association with other great brands,” Jones said.

“Jerry controls the Dallas Cowboys property; that’s something we may talk about,” Travis said. “Papa John’s did ads with the Cowboys; that could be part of it, but we’ve not discussed anything specific.”

After several years away, Dunkin’ Donuts re-entered North Texas in 2007, with plans to sell more than 100 franchise stores over several years. Those plans didn’t come to bear, and Dunkin’ Donuts ended up buying back the franchise stores that are part of its deal with Jones and Aikman.

The stores in the deal include two in Tarrant County – one on White Settlement Road in Fort Worth and another on Precinct Line Road in Hurst – and others in Dallas, Plano, Carrollton, Frisco, Rowlett, Highland Village, and McKinney. A 12th store, set to open in Southlake in mid-April, also is part of the package. The chain’s D/FW Airport stores are not part of the deal.

The partners said they see significant opportunity for new stores in growing parts of the Metroplex, as well as “infill” locations in more mature areas.

“It’s coffee, it’s tea,” said Jones, who recalled frequenting a Dunkin’ Donuts shop during his youth in Springfield, Mo. “It speaks to a lot of cultural aspects of our country and our commerce.”

Sixty percent of Dunkin’ Donuts sales come from beverages, and the rest from donuts, breakfast sandwiches, and other baked goods.

Aikman, as a sportscaster for Fox Sports, says he’s a regular consumer of Dunkin’ Donuts, consuming it out of a Keurig machine he bought.

The partnership will be Dunkin’ Donuts’ main growth vehicle in the North Texas area, which includes Dallas, Collin, Tarrant, Denton, Fannin and Grayson counties, Travis said.

Travis said he views the partnership as the gateway for the “Northeast-centric” company’s expansion in the South and Southwest.

- Scott Nishimura


Hulen Mall wants in on Fort Worth's outdoor dining scene

Hulen Mall wants in on the Fort Worth outdoor dining scene.

The mall has scheduled area jazz bands for 6 p.m.-9 p.m. April 5, 12, 19, and 26, and May 3 on its new Restaurant Plaza, the area on the mall’s east side that has BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and the new Abuelo’s.

“Party on the Plaza is our way of adding a special touch to the end of the day,” says Debi Martinez, the mall’s marketing manager.

Both restaurants have outdoor dining. The bands will perform on the walkway between the restaurants and the mall.

Martinez said there’s seating in the plaza walkway, and customers are welcome to bring their own chairs.

There’s one more pad site left in the Restaurant Plaza, Martinez said.

The mall’s owner, General Growth Properties, is looking at two options for the pad: splitting it into two restaurants, or leaving it as one, Martinez said.

“I think they expect to have an announcement in the next couple of months,” Martinez said.

- Scott Nishimura


Eddie V's in Fort Worth's Museum Place being sold to Darden Restaurants

The founders of Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and Wildfish Seafood Grille are selling their restaurants to the Orlando-based Darden Restaurant chain for $59 million, the restaurants announced.

The sale includes eight Eddie V’s and three Wildfish restaurants, all in Arizona, California and Texas. It does not include its four Roaring Fork restaurants. Eddie V’s opened a location in late 2008 in Museum Place in Fort Worth, off West Seventh Street and University Drive

The sale is expected to close by the end of the year. The restaurants will be a part of Darden’s specialty restaurant group. Eddie V’s was started by Guy Villavaso and Larry Foles in 2000.

"This is an opportunity we could not pass up," Foles said in a statement. "In a highly competitive industry, we found that one of the most successful restaurant companies in the world wanted to grow Eddie V’s and Wildfish restaurants to their fullest potential."

Eddie V’s President Jim VanDercook and Executive Chef/Partner John Carver will lead day-to-day operations under the new agreement along with individual restaurant managers and chefs from the Eddie V’s and Wildfish restaurants, according to the statement. Foles and Villavaso will serve as consultants for two years.

Management at the Fort Worth location is not expected to change, the statement said.

Darden’s Specialty Restaurant Group operates The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52. Darden is planning a Capital Grille in the Oncor Building, downtown at Seventh and Main streets. Darden also operates Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse.

_ Sandra Baker




Jersey Mike's opening more North Texas restaurants

Jersey Mike's Subs has been opening more stores in the Fort Worth area.

The company opened a new store this week outside North East Mall in Hurst, and in August on Camp Bowie Boulevard in west Fort Worth.

On Sept. 7, Jersey Mike's will open a new restaurant in Denton, at 1800 S. Loop 288. The restaurant will hold a "free sub fundraiser" Sept. 7-Sept. 11 for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 

Jersey Mike's stores have been running a six-month fundraiser for the Race for the Cure.

- Scott Nishimura



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