Fred’s Texas Cafe, Fixture restaurants reopen in Fort Worth


The grand reopening has begun.

It would be the grand reopening of iconic Fort Worth restaurants that had been closed for repairs, relocation or just to rest.

Fred’s Texas Cafe is leading the way, serving burgers now with full service and a menu slated for May 21.

Fixture Kitchen and Nonna Tata will also reopen this week, followed later in May by Lili’s Bistro and the Paris Coffee Shop.

A look at the where, when and why of returning restaurants:

The front room of Fred’s Texas Cafe on Camp Bowie Boulevard West is filled with memorabilia from the original Fred’s. kennedy bud [email protected]

Fred’s Texas Cafe7101 Camp Bowie West Blvd., moved to a new location twice the size of the hole in the wall in the original cultural district known for “Fred Burgers”.

Fred’s is serving burgers and a few menu items now, with the full menu and hours rolling back day after day until the big opening day in two weeks.

New items include a brunch menu with breakfast tacos and new sourdough cookies.

Fred’s Texas Cafe has moved its original spirit as much as possible to a new location, a former chain steakhouse on Camp Bowie Boulevard West. kennedy bud [email protected]

Burgers now come 12 ways, including the 3/ 4-pound Big Fred ($12). The grilled serrano burger and the chipotle “Diablo Burger” are always two favorites.

There’s also a sourdough breaded chicken fried steak ($16 with fries and salad). It comes in three varieties, including one with a pepper-stuffed poblano and another layered with queso blanco and taco meat.

The “new” location is a 50-year-old former Steak & Ale chain restaurant and patio, redecorated with the front room dedicated to memorabilia from the original Fred’s; 817-332-0083 (but not answered yet),

The lively bar and main dining area of ​​the new Fred’s Texas Cafe on Camp Bowie Boulevard West. kennedy bud [email protected]

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Chicken and Waffles with Rosemary and Chipotle Maple Syrup at Fixture Kitchen and Social Lounge Paul Moseley DFW Archives

Kitchen Lighting401 W. Magnolia Ave., was completely renovated and reopened after taking a break while chef Ben Merritt opened his new seafood restaurant Fitzgerald.

Fixture is known for serving brunch every day, and avocado toast is back along with stacked egg steak enchiladas and other brunch dishes Wednesday through Saturday until 3 p.m. and Sunday until ‘at 16 o’clock.

New dinner menu items include a panko-crusted crab and crawfish appetizer, tacos, carnitas flatbread, and “chicken and dumplings” in velvety sauce.

Fixture is now open five days a week, closing Mondays and Tuesdays; 817-708-2663,

Nonna Tata1400 W. Magnolia Ave., is set to reopen later this week after a vacation, including an Italian tour with managers in Donatella Trotti’s hometown of Varese.

It is open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday; 817-332-0250,

The Paris Coffee Shop sign, repainted for new owners Lou Lambert and staff. Courtesy picture

The parisian cafe704 W. Magnolia Ave., is nearing completion with a year-long remodel and is tentatively scheduled to reopen late next week.

New owner Louis Lambert of Roy Pope grocery store and dutch burgers will mix updated Parisian favorites with added items and stay open later.; 817-945-1702,

Lily's Fries
Gorgonzola fries from Lili’s Bistro on Magnolia Avenue in Fort Worth Courtesy of Lili’s Bistro

Lili’s bistro1310 W. Magnolia Ave., will reopen May 25 with new menu items and a brighter dining room.

Lili’s, popular for lunch and dinner, has revamped its menu.

Owner Vincent Martin added more memorabilia to accompany its historic mural of Mrs Baird’s Bread, an iconic Texas business founded nearby on Washington Avenue by Ninnie Baird, one of Texas’ first businesswomen.

More to come on Lili’s updates; 817-877-0700,

This story was originally published May 9, 2022 5:45 a.m.

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a guy from Fort Worth who covered high school football at age 16 and went on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 18 sessions of the Texas Legislative Assembly. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,800 “Eats Beat” columns about Texas restaurants, eateries and cuisine.


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