Bowie House names its management team
The Camp Bowie Boulevard boutique hotel owned by rancher Jo Ellard has become part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, an award-winning hospitality group that includes Bishop’s Lodge in Santa Fe and the Hotel Jerome in Aspen in its portfolio. It’s the second Auberge property in Texas; the stunning Commodore Perry Estate in Austin is the first. BOKA Powell is overseeing the design. Construction has kicked into high gear as Bowie House takes shape, with the hotel’s entrance now distinguishable thanks to V-shaped columns pictured in the rendering. Target opening date is spring 2023. aubergeresorts.com/bowiehouse
Western Avenue flood control begins
One of the empty duplexes on the 2200 block of Western Avenue in Arlington Heights finally has been razed after years of back and forth over flooding woes in that area. The city of Fort Worth and FEMA purchased two duplexes; demolition on the other is on hold. Plans are to leave the lots empty (grass will be planted and existing trees will remain) to create an unobstructed area where water can be absorbed.
The Foundry District changes owners
We haven’t seen any development yet, but we’re eager to see what the new owners have planned for The Foundry District, located off Carroll Street. In September, real estate firm Asana Partners of Charlotte, North Carolina, announced that it had bought the 5-acre mixed-use property from local developers M2G Ventures. Asana owns 43 buildings in Deep Ellum, commercial space in Victory Park and The Hill Shopping Center in Dallas. Retail and restaurants have seen a lot of turnover at The Foundry; gone are an independent movie theater, a barbershop, a gift boutique, and a coffee shop and co-working space. Hopefully, the vibrant murals that make the area unique will remain as new tenants make it their home.
Asel says farewell
After 71 years in Texas, the art supply store many of us depended on for X-Acto knife blades, poster board and specialty markers is shutting its doors at all locations by Dec. 31. Foch Street has seen many changes over the years, but losing Asel Art Supply might be one of the biggest.
A cook’s nook
While 3rd Street Market in Sundance Square features the Icon Bread bar, coffee, lunch and a pantry/gift section, it also makes space for the Indulge Cooking Studio & Tea Room. 107 resident Dixya Bhattarai, a nutritionist/food blogger/dumpling maker at Hao & Dixya, runs Indulge, which offers a hands-on approach to culinary enthusiasts; she’s also a partner in The Table, a market concept in Fort Worth’s Near Southside neighborhood. Indulge offers cooking classes — Chinese takeout and winter soup are on the calendar — and afternoon tea service. (You also get to eat what you make.) Bhattarai also offers Indulge as an alternative for those looking for something different for a wedding shower or team-building event. We gathered with friends one day to learn how to make authentic chai, and it was both educational and fun. Who knew it was possible to bond over grinding herbs by hand in a mortar and pestle? Learn more and sign up for classes on the website. Sundance Square, 425 W. 3rd St., indulgefw.com
When Derek Allan shut down his barbecue restaurant in July, it didn’t take long for Brandon Hurtado to announce he was taking over the corner spot in the hospital district. Hurtado Barbecue’s original location is in downtown Arlington, with a second location in Little Elm that opened this past June. The Cowtown locale opened in October with a smaller menu and all-day breakfast tacos. You also can get a substantial brisket biscuit/egg sandwich topped with a craveworthy poblano crema. Breakfast time also means shorter lines and better parking. Otherwise, go for a tray filled with sausage, ribs, pulled pork and pork belly burnt ends and sides, which include the tater tot casserole, Hatch chile mac ‘n’ cheese, brisket beans and more. Patio dining available. 1116 8th Ave., 682-499-5913, hurtadobbq.com
Panther City BBQ expands
Good things happen to those who are patient. Witness Panther City BBQ’s growth from a small trailer to a smokehouse with a covered patio, a beautiful faux grass lawn and, most recently, an indoor dining room. PCB took over the former Republic Bar next door and turned it into a restaurant — there’s still bar seating — with counter service. Now, everyone’s comfortable no matter the weather, from the customers to the guys doing the slicing and chopping in the kitchen. There also are TVs for your game-watching pleasure. Check social media for updates on breakfast service and specials. Crowds are queuing up for the tender brisket, pork ribs and sausage along with specialty items such as the rich brisket guisada, pork poppers and street tacos.
The shopping center across from University Park Village is filling up with new additions, such as Van Leeuwen Ice Cream scoop shop. This premium brand got its start out of a truck in New York City. Pints are available at select grocers, but now you can enjoy a cone, cup or milkshake from the WestBend store (located next to SusieCakes). Sweetgreen, a fast-casual restaurant offering salads, bowls and more, is open for business in the former East Hampton Sandwich Co. Outdoor dining is available. A Shake Shack is in the works next to Sweetgreen, a meatier yin to the clean-eating yang. Quince, the sister to the popular rooftop restaurant of the same name in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is still under construction, but what we could see of the interiors looks good. As it’s on the ground floor (neighbor to HG Sply Co.), there’s a patio with a view of the Trinity Trails.
CAVA opening on West 7th
If you haven’t heard of CAVA, it’s the fast-casual company that acquired Zoës Kitchen in 2021 and began its rollout of new locations, including one in the Waterside shopping center off Bryant Irvin, and its renovation of old ones. Get ready to negotiate West 7th Street traffic as the second CAVA opens in the space next to Serious Pizza. CAVA features a build-your-own line of bowls, salads and pita sandwiches with lots of options, from base layers of grains or greens to multiple dips and spreads. Proteins range from braised lamb to roasted chicken, or you can go vegetables all the way. Then choose your dressing and toppings such as crumbled feta, olives and pickled onions. Study the menu if you haven’t been before or order online. And note that CAVA has excellent iced tea, and the side order of pita chips and hummus makes for a nice snack.
2736 W. 7th St., cava.com
Goodbye Wild Acre, hello Boozie’s Brewery & Gourmet Sandwiches
With Wild Acre Brewing being bought out by Bishop Cider of Dallas last spring, the Camp Bowie location transitions to different ownership with a new name and a tweaked concept. We’re not crazy about the moniker, but we’ll still go for chef David Hollister’s two-fisted sandwiches (Hollister is now a partner in the business). The new brewmaster, Bobby Mullins, co-founder of the now defunct Armadillo Ale Works in Denton, is working on new pours, plus Boozie’s will sell other brands, too, as well as mixed drinks and signature soft drinks.
6473 Camp Bowie Blvd., booziesrg.com