Wolfgang Puck Catering has Fort Worth Cafe Modern restaurant

Wolfgang Puck arrives at the 2020 Oscars in Los Angeles.

Wolfgang Puck arrives at the 2020 Oscars in Los Angeles.

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The catering company of the same name owned by the Californian celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck will take over the Cafe Modern in the Museum of Modern Art in Fort Worth.

Wolfgang Puck Catering is best known locally for the Nasher Cafe at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. The company also operates the Perot Museum Cafe at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, as well as several event venues.

The Modern hasn’t officially announced any change to its popular restaurant yet, but a spokesman for California-based Bon Appetit, the former operator, confirmed its departure in January after 19 years.

Both companies are part of the North Carolina-based Compass Group. Puck, 80, is not directly involved.

A perennial brunch favorite in Fort Worth and home to countless holiday lunches and wedding receptions, Cafe Modern has been closed on COVID-19 cases since mid-2020.

Former chef Denise Shavandy, winner of an episode of the Food Network show “Chopped” in February, has started a pop-up dinner series, a catering company and a YouTube channel under the name Spork & Spice.

The restaurant was voted one of the 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America by OpenTable.com.

The restaurant at the nearby Kimbell Art Museum has reopened and serves packed lunches for indoor or outdoor use. Afternoon tea with pastries is now also served.

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth man who covered high school soccer at age 16 and attended two Super Bowls, seven political conventions, and 15 legislative sessions in Texas. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns on restaurants, dining and eating in Texas.

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