Fort Worth Chef Jon Bonnell Gets Honor from the Mayor

Fort Worth Chef Jon Bonnell thought he was throwing a farewell party for outgoing Mayor Betsy Price.

As it turned out, the party was for him.

On Monday night, at the downtown Waters seafood restaurant – one of three Bonnell-run Fort Worth establishments (the other two are Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine and Buffalo Bros) – Price presented Bonnell with a certificate of appreciation showing his service to the community during COVID – 19 pandemic.

Last year, when restaurants were forced to close their dining rooms in March, Bonnell launched $ 40 meal packages for four that families could take away from his eponymous restaurant – that’s $ 10 a head for fine dining. Cars flocked and traffic stretched from the Bonnell’s parking lot on Southwest Boulevard and Bryant Irvin Road up the freeway frontage to Chisholm Trail.

“We decided to give up full service – there was no room for that at the moment – and just feed as many people as possible at a reasonable price,” Bonnell told Fort Worth Magazine in March last year.

But he did more to support Fort Worthians and the local restaurant community. His mayor’s certificate reads: “Chef Bonnell has helped Fort Worth restaurants navigate the changing business landscape during the pandemic. He has selflessly supported local restaurants through emails, daily social media posts and face-to-face meetings without showing any preference for it. ” a restaurant. His leadership resulted in many Fort Worth restaurants surviving the COVID-19 disaster. “

In a video from Monday’s event posted on Bonnell’s Facebook page, Price said to him, “You brought more people together because people loved and trusted you and because you cared about this community.”

In another video, Bonnell said the recognition surprised him.

“The independents, the mom-and-pops are the lifeblood of our city,” he said. “I was proud and honored to try to steer everyone through.”


Samantha Calimbahin

Samantha Calimbahin is the editor-in-chief of Fort Worth Magazine. When she’s not editing or creating to-do lists for the magazine’s million dollar projects, she’s jamming on her guitar and planning her next trip to a Disney theme park.

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May 4, 2021

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