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#1 John T Roberts

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 12:57 PM

Andrew Marton of dfw.com has an interesting article about the comings and goings of Fort Worth Restaurant in these uncertain times of population boom and fading economy. Below is a link to the article:

http://www.dfw.com/2...oom-closed.html

The article talks about the closing of Delaney's and Mac's, the uncertainty at Brownstone, and the big success at Chuy's, Gloria's, and other establishments.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 07:25 PM

Over simplified and sloppy with the facts. And as one commenter points out apparently ignorant as to economic environment. But other than that, an altogether typical piece.

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 08:20 AM

It seems like restaurants either make it big or don't last very long, not much in between. Calculated Risk keeps up with this on a national basis:




http://www.calculate...x-declined.html

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 03:02 PM

Went to Brownstone one night last week--maybe 15 people in the whole restaurant, including the patio and it was a nice night. SLOW service and really inattentive service to boot.

The only thing keeping that restaurant open is the chef's name---and it appears that fade is wearing off.

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 11:45 AM

I think it comes down to value. In my opinion, you have three categories of restaurants: 1) fast food/fast casual ($5-10 pp) 2) sit down but not fancy ($10-20 pp) and 3) fancy / special occasion places ($35-50+ pp). The problem is that a lot of these new places are nice but you might not consider it a place to celebrate a special occasion but they fall above $25 per person but getting a reinvented form of Tex-Mex or Southern comfort food. You might as well spend a little more and get a steak. Also, maybe the economy is not allowing families to celebrate as many special occassions out as they were a few years ago or if they do, they are being smarter about their spending.

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 10:18 AM

Short article about the "patriarch of local fine dining" in Fort Worth, Walter Kaufmann of the Old Swiss House:

 

http://www.dfw.com/2...fort-worth.html

 

The interview apparently took place at the Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival this weekend:

 

http://www.fortworth...inefestival.com



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Posted 29 March 2014 - 10:36 AM

Dropped in at R.J. Gator's last night and noticed an added "Liquor Tax" on the tab that the waiter couldn't really explain.  Is this a new tax on liquor served in restaurants?



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Posted 30 March 2014 - 05:39 PM

I am not aware of a liquor tax, but I also don't drink alcohol.



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Posted 30 March 2014 - 06:10 PM

Well, I might have to join you John if the prices keep going up. :laugh:



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 08:38 AM

There's always been a tax, but it was the restaurant that was taxed and not the consumer.

 

The legislature changed the accounting in the last session.  http://abclocal.go.c...ocal&id=9190012

 

From what I've seen most places haven't reduced the price by the amount of tax they are now not paying and have simply added the tax on.  By doing this they are making a few more cents per drink.



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Posted 01 March 2016 - 09:56 PM

Fort Worth increasingly looked upon as a gateway for new restaurants entering the Texas market:

 

http://www.fortworth...4d412433b1.html



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Posted 01 March 2016 - 10:18 PM

Awesome.  Can't wait for that to open.  We ate at the one in Destin, FL a few years ago on vacation.  



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Posted 30 September 2016 - 09:11 PM

Pappas Burger is closing on Sunday, October 2nd.  Here's a link to the article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

 

http://www.star-tele...e105281011.html



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Posted 01 October 2016 - 11:25 AM

Given the hot market for burgers in FW, I'm surprised it made it this long. I've only been a few times and I never thought it was anything special or unique, especially given their pricing. I doubt the space sits empty for long, but the weird access to that location means it has to be something that's a big draw like the other Pappa's brands next door.

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Posted 01 October 2016 - 12:41 PM

Minor news, but The Egg and I in Ridglea is rebranding.  Next week they will be called "First Watch."  They will have a new menu (still classic breakfast with some interesting twists).  Apparently First Watch bought out all of Egg and I a year ago, and has been slowly changing all the restaurants over.  They just got to Texas.

 

If you stop by there between now and next weekend, you can pick up a new menu which has a 20% off coupon good for the first month of operation as First Watch.


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Posted 01 October 2016 - 02:06 PM

Thanks for the tip.  My office is just down the street.



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Posted 01 October 2016 - 06:41 PM

The Clear Fork Bicycle Club has added The Egg and I to our regular rotation; it's very popular with our members.  I hope the new format is as good.

 

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Posted 01 October 2016 - 07:07 PM

That's a nice group picture.



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Posted 01 October 2016 - 07:57 PM

Well, it's a nice group.  ;)


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Posted 05 October 2016 - 05:59 PM

Sweet Tomatoes, including the 7th street location, has closed. http://www.star-tele...e106167837.html

 

I've only been there a few times, but for a buffet, I thought it was pretty good. 



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Posted 05 October 2016 - 06:10 PM

I have only been there a few times, and I thought it was pretty good, but a little more expensive than similar places.






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