Fort Worth’s only food hall does reboot to make it less food hall-ish

Fort Worth’s food hall, which first opened in December 2018, has undergone a major restart that includes a new name, new restaurants, new operators, new management and a redesign of the space.

Now all they need is new customers, and the circle is complete.

Formerly called the Food Hall on Crockett Row, it is now called Crockett Halland has reopened with 15 food and drink items, 11 of which are new.

Dining options include poke, burgers, barbecue, pizza, pasta, pot pies, tacos, salads, sandwiches, coffee, cocktails and a mini market in the neighborhood.

The “brain” behind the Re-Do is Bruce Russo from B. Russo Designs. If you like fix-it videos, you may be familiar with Build It With Bruce, his YouTube series that showcases the projects he has created.

In a statement, Russo explains that the goal was to defuse the concept of the food hall.

“The new Crockett Hall offers a true ‘restaurant’ experience as opposed to the food court model it originally opened as,” says Russo. “Not only do we offer a total of 15 artisanal foods and drinks, we’ve invested heavily in high-quality finishes, beautiful lighting, comfortable seating, and flexible, trendy spaces where people can sit, relax, and stay for a while.”

Russo carried out the first construction of the food hall in 2018, which he documented on video. Now he and his team have removed walls and partitions and installed new lighting, custom mill work, marble surfaces, a redesigned bar, lounge areas, workstations, plush seats, reconfigured dining areas, expanded patio areas and new garage doors.

There is free Wi-Fi and fluid indoor and outdoor areas, as well as a new covered paseo area.

With open spaces and outdoor seating areas, the venue is also friendly for social distancing and a contactless experience.

Newcomers are:

  • Crockett Row Coffee – Neighborhood cafe with Italian Illy espresso and baked goods

  • Salurrito – “salad wrap” with homemade salads and burritos with fresh ingredients

  • Polly’s Pot Pies – Pot pies are both savory and sweet, including chicken with mushrooms, Texas peach, and Florentine quiche

  • Piccolo Italia – Neopolitan style pizza and pasta made from imported Italian flour and freshly made dough

  • Cheeseapalooza – Grilled cheese sandwiches, mac & cheese specialties, and quesos

  • Clayton’s Grill – burgers, wings, chicken fingers, and crispy chicken sandwiches

  • Joey’s Hot-or-Cold-Sandwiches – New York sandwiches with charcuterie and cheese

  • Cantina Paseo – Bar with cocktails, draft beer and wine

  • Crockett Hall Mini Mart – Local groceries, takeaway groceries, housewares and toiletries, charcuterie meats and cheeses, and take-away beer and wine

Two more are coming in late summer:

  • Fort Worth Popcorn Company – Gourmet popcorn in flavors such as jalapeno, cheddar cheese, and caramel nut

  • Taco Paseo – Tacos with beef, pork, chicken, fish, shrimp, vegetables, and breakfast options

The predominant oldies are:

  • Aina Poke Co. – Hawaiian sack shells from Chef Kevin Nguyen Ho

  • Not just Q. – BBQ area with brisket, ribs, chicken, turkey, pork and side dishes

  • Shawarma Bar – Mediterranean street food with roasted meat and customizable kebab bowls with fresh toppings

  • Val’s Cheesecakes – Cheesecake with options from biscuits and cream to classic strawberries and banana pudding

Parking is a major issue on Crockett Row. It includes street parking (two hours free) and a covered garage (free with validation).

For delivery, Crockett Hall has partnered with ChowNow, or you can order online at www.CrockettHall.com for pickup and delivery. One good thing: you can order from a comprehensive menu, which is preferable to a number of individual orders for each supplier.

The current opening times are daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Crockett Hall is part of Crockett Row on West 7th, on the southeast corner of West 7th Street and University Drive. In addition to the new Crockett Hall, Crockett Row on West 7th is five blocks away with boutiques, salons, spas, cinemas, restaurants and bars. Crockett Row on West 7th is managed by Vestar.

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