Seafood spot leads Fort Worth restaurant-bar reopenings and closures

With protests for justice around the Fort Worth area, the coronavirus may be less of a priority. But restaurants and bars in the Fort Worth area are still working hard to reopen their doors after months of downtime.

With relaxed capacity constraints and creative social distancing measures, many have been able to go back to business in the past few days. But there has also been some disappointing news about restaurants and bars that have decided to close permanently.

Here is the final round of exciting reopenings and sad closings:


waterChef Jon Bonnell’s gourmet seafood restaurant in Sundance Square will reopen on June 9th. Sundance Square valet parking will also reopen in front of the restaurant. Check out an enticing video here that introduces Waters’ many new COVID-19 precautions. Reservations are made through

Blackland Distillery Reopening June 5th with 50 percent capacity under new bar manager Megan McClinton. The Foundry District tasting room is open Wednesday through Thursday from 4pm to 11pm, Friday from 4pm to 12pm, and Saturday from 2pm to 12pm. The cocktail menu has been revised and roadside service has been discontinued.

Corner Bakery Cafe has only four dining rooms in Dallas-Fort Worth, including the Southlake location, reopened at 100 State St. Diners with limited access to the spice station for one customer at a time.

Kate Weiser Chocolate Reopening in Clearfork stores on June 2nd. Precautions include thorough cleaning, strict hygiene protocols, and consolidated hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 5pm and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. Customers can also shop online at

Messina yard has officially reopened its tasting room and wine bar for local consumption in Grapevine. The urban winery offers multiple tasting areas with 40 different wines, tastings, premium flights, wine on tap or by the glass, gourmet foods and accessories. From June 5th, the new opening times are from Sunday to Thursday from 12 noon to 8 p.m. and from Friday to Saturday from 12 noon to 10 p.m.

Delaney vineyards in Grapevine will reopen for tastings on June 12th. The tastings take place on Fridays and Saturdays every hour on the hour from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Due to social distancing rules, they strongly encourage reservations. They also ask guests to wear face masks within the venue. Further information on appointments and security measures can be found here.

Healthy hippie cafe, a hot spot for vegans in Watauga, is hosting a grand reopening ceremony from June 12th to 14th. They reveal a new dining room and bar, plus outdoor seating, an updated menu, and new opening times. “We’ll be celebrating all weekend with live music, menu specials and our sunset hour cocktails,” they say.

Mercy Bar & Lounge Reopened at Toyota Music Factory in Irving on June 5th with 50 percent capacity. With the recent closure of the Mercy Wine Bar in Addison, this is the only location in DFW. The opening times are closed Tuesday to Friday from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 4 to 11 p.m. and Sunday to Monday. There is live music every Friday and Saturday from 7pm to 9pm. Another Toyota Music Factory favorite, Mama tried Bar and live music venue, reopened June 5th. Mama Tried sticks to social distancing, with seating on the outside deck as well as a large bar in the center of the room with a wraparound bar that seats 30. Check the events calendar for hours and musical line-up.


Dough Boy Donuts has decided to close its dining room on Camp Bowie Boulevard. “It was definitely not an easy decision, but we felt it was a wise business decision to keep the shop running as we haven’t had the opportunity to welcome guests to our shop since COVID,” it said in a Facebook post by the owner. They say they will continue to offer roadside service and will have more news soon.

Alchemy Pops plans to close its doors on the South Main on August 1st. Until June and July it is only open on weekends from 12 noon to 7 pm. “You are invited to celebrate with me this summer by POPping in the store (when you feel comfortable and safe doing it), using your gift cards, redeeming your punch cards and celebrating together for our last summer,” owner Carolyn Phillips wrote on Facebook .

Sprigs of American cuisine has closed its location in Clearfork stores. “This crisis has put a heavy toll on our ability to operate the restaurant during the pandemic, resulting in lost revenue that we have no other choice about,” the restaurant said. They will continue to operate their newest location in Grandscape at The Colony which is in full swing.

Cool river cafeThe Irving Southwest Restaurant and Cigar Bar are closed. Designed in 1998, the hotel had a large bar scene and was a popular meeting place during the annual Byron Nelson golf tournament. An official statement from the CRO said: “Cool River Las Colinas will remain closed. The restrictions imposed to contain the pandemic must be further relaxed or removed before we can determine the disposition of Cool River. The success of the site has always depended on that groups were socialized in the restaurant and in the lounge. Without group events, we currently have no business prospects. “

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