Fort Worth gets its pickleball on at new Courtside Kitchen restaurant

A new restaurant is coming to Fort Worth with a seemingly new must-have accessory: pickleball. Called Courtside kitchenIt will be a huge indoor and outdoor area on 1615 Rogers Road near University Drive and I-30 and will be Fort Worth’s first dedicated pickleball facility.

A publication says it will open in the summer of 2021.

Formerly the Mopac Event Center, it’s a sprawling space with over 7,500 square feet of indoor dining and more than 23,500 square feet of outdoor dining. Also:

  • Nine pickleball courts: seven outside and two covered areas

  • Lawn games like Cornhole and Connect 4 in Texas

  • Live stage

  • Large screen televisions

  • Outdoor beer garden

  • Fire pits

The menu features trendy items like poke bowls, hot Nashville-style chicken sandwiches, and flat iron chimichurri steak and fries.

The concept comes from Chef Christian Lehrmann, who worked at Tinie’s Mexican Cuisine, The Porch and CBD Provisions in collaboration with Matt L. Johnson, Equity Partner and Owner / Operator, for DFW.

In a statement, Lehrmann says the food and drink will be varied and interesting. “We want to offer items that you normally crave but that you reinvent in new and fun ways,” he says.

On the bar side, the Courtside Kitchen serves playful and inventive craft cocktails, draft and local beers, wine, and lots of tequila.

The brunch is served on both Saturday and Sunday with a special menu and specialty drinks.


Pickleball is trendy because it should be easy to learn and players of all skill levels and generations can play. It’s described as a combination of tennis and ping-pong, and Courtside Kitchen isn’t the only pickleball facility in the works: Chicken N Pickle, a Kansas City-born chain that calls itself the premier dining and entertainment venue with an emphasis on pickleball, a very similar location will open in Grand Prairie later in 2021.

There is already an organization called Fort Worth Pickleball whose spokesperson Zach Nichols says it has hundreds of members.

“Pickleball really took Fort Worth by storm,” says Nichols.

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