New Fort Worth bar in Foundry District channels New Orleans spirit
Fort Worth is getting a sweet taste of New Orleans with the debut of Tulanes, a NOLA-inspired cocktail lounge that opened in the Foundry District on February 25th.
Located at 2708 Weisenberger Strasse, the lounge pays homage (but not a relationship) to New Orleans’ premier university by two Fort Worth Food & Beverage veterans.
Partners Daniel Zapata and Amanda Jones have been throwing cocktails in Fort Worth for several years. Jones’ family owns the Houston Street Bar and Patio, the sports bar in downtown Fort Worth. Zapata worked there and has also worked in prestigious bars like Thompson’s and Poag Mahone’s.
Tulane’s is the first bar they own and they put all their heart and soul into it and practically rebuilt the place from scratch. “It’s a love job,” they say.
Jones lived in California for many years while Zapata lived in Fort Worth all his life. But they are big fans of the Big Easy.
“I fell in love with New Orleans and was just trying to find a way to bring a piece of it back to Fort Worth,” says Zapata.
They took inspiration from New Orleans landmarks like the Blacksmith Shop Bar in Lafitte, and gave Tulane a New Orleans spirit that includes sleek chandeliers and jewel-colored lighting behind the bar in shades of purple, emerald, and magenta.
An outdoor area was key to channeling the garden area of Audubon Cottages on Dauphine St. in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Their beverage program includes techniques like on-site infusions and barrel aging, but they also make good old-fashioned NOLA classics, from sazerac and vieux carre to hurricanes and rum punch.
There are staples just enough when someone needs to nosh. These include slice of pizza as well as seasonal New Orleans-style specialties such as lobster cooking. They make their own pizza with a high-tech TurboChef oven.
The bar opens at 3 p.m. and the pizza starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m. daily.
Tulanes fits into the foundry program, says Jenny Sanders, marketing director for M2G Ventures, who was the driving force behind the development of this revitalized warehouse district.
“They have a wealth of knowledge,” says Sanders. “And whether it’s Blackland or 38th & Vine or Tulane’s, what holds it together is that it’s a local brand. We love to have Fort Worth people who see an opportunity and choose – who choose interest the city and want to make a contribution. “