Fort Worth Restaurant Buzz – Hallmark Cafe Shutters to Reboot, Mexican Favorite Expands and More Nashville Hot Chicken is Coming

SSome of Fort Worth’s favorite restaurants are making big changes, some are just updating their air conditioning. (However, that’s no small news in this sweltering Texas summer heat.) Other Fort Worth restaurants are closing — with more in store.

Here’s all the Fort Worth restaurant news you need to know:

Arcadia Coffee closes for a big change

Arcadia Coffee closed permanently on Bryan Avenue on July 10. But all is not lost. He plans a full reboot soon.

Owner Carrie Collins grew Arcadia from her Airstream days at South Main Village Micro Park to her first groovy brick-and-mortar cafe nearby, which she opened in 2019. Arcadia Coffee even briefly expanded to an almost hidden location at Sundance Square at 120 West 3rd Street, Suite 111. It only lasted three months.

Now, Arcadia plans to change its name and launch soon as Wildcraft Coffee. Collins is currently looking to relocate her cafe somewhere in the same coffee-soaked South Main Village neighborhood. Stay tuned for Wildcraft Coffee pop-ups, mobile events and new reveals on future physical stores.

A new Paco’s restaurant has opened in Sundance Square.

Paco’s expands to Sundance

Francisco “Paco” Islas first arrived on the Fort Worth dining scene with his Paco & John at the same location as Derek Allen’s barbecue, the same location that would be the future home of Hurtado Barbeque along 8th Avenue. in Rosedale. Islas opened his own restaurant dubbed Paco’s Mexican near Magnolia in 2016, bringing his traditional dishes and ingredients from Pachuca to Hidalgo in Mexico. With Paco’s updated interior, colorful bar and patio addition, Islas and his dad were even able to open Islas Tropicales, serving traditional fruit-based snacks and sweets, right next door.

Now, after a trial pop-up in May, Islas has just opened a second Paco’s restaurant. It takes over Revolver Taco’s former short-lived space in Sundance Square, located at 156 West 4th Street. The inauguration already took place earlier this month.

Burnin’ Mouth brings Nashville Hot Chicken to the Near Southside.

Nashville Hot Hits

Burnin’ Mouth Nashville Hot Chicken just opened in the same Fort Worth building that now houses Ober Here, Share Tea and Wabi House on the corner of 8th Avenue and Magnolia. The first Burnin’ Mouth restaurant opened in 2021 in Oxnard, California, and this fast-casual chain lives up to its name – offering five heat levels up to the hottest chicken on its menu – and topping things off at Insane hot.

With four restaurants right now — including this new one in Fort Worth at 1229 8th Avenue, Suite 127 — Burnin’ Mouth is growing rapidly, with three more new restaurants slated to open from Illinois to Idaho this month. only, and six others in preparation already.

The limited menu at this hot Nashville chicken joint includes two sandwiches, wings or strips. Try the Coo Coo sandwich, served with fries on a brioche bun, topped with coleslaw, crispy onions, pickles and comeback sauce. There’s also the signature sandwich ― a riff on the Korean-style chicken craze, sauce of your choice of garlic soy sauce (mild) or sweet chili sauce (spicy).

Kintaro Ramen is not closed. The restaurant in Fort Worth just fixed the air conditioning.

Kintaro Ramen Renovation

Foodies might have been concerned to see construction work at the Kintaro Ramen restaurant on Crockett Row. You know, that’s how the rumors start. Don’t worry, says chef Jesus Garcia PaperCity Fort Worth, it’s just air conditioning work.

“The first day it hit 102, we turned the AC up and found a puddle on the floor the next morning,” says Garcia. “It turns out that five of our six air conditioning units were down and that’s what we’ve been working on ever since. We never closed.

“We still serve today, just working around construction. But we should be fully operational by the end of the week.

Kintaro Ramen took over the space facing 7th Avenue in January 2021, when Oni Ramen retired to Deep Ellum in Dallas. At the time, Garcia said PaperCity Fort Worth that he and his partner still retained the lease on the Crockett Row space for another four years. Garcia says the Arlington Kintaro Ramen site has been busy with an anime convention in Arlington.

Here’s an added bonus for North Texas ramen lovers. Kintaro Ramen is opening a new ghost kitchen (delivery-only restaurant) at Farmers Branch in early August.