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8.0 in Fort Worth: A patio on the move

Posted 7:03pm on Tuesday, May. 08, 2012

When will the Flying Saucer land at 8.0?

For 18 years, 8.0 was the patio in downtown Fort Worth. The large, tree-shaded space was a pleasant place to have lunch on a nice day, and at night, it rocked with bands that could be heard blocks away. No wonder it was the longtime home of the 95.9 The Ranch Texas Music Series, which brought a lot of alt-country artists to Sundance Square on spring and summer Wednesdays. (The music series has relocated to the Capital Bar, another great outdoor space with a rooftop patio near the Cultural District.)

Shannon Wynne, who owns both 8.0 and the Flying Saucer, announced in February that 8.0 would close and the Saucer would take over the space by the end of April. Known for its selection of 200 craft beers, the Flying Saucer would use the expansive patio area to create a nice beer garden.

So far, the space is limited because of remodeling, but the patio has been open Fridays and Saturdays, beginning with a Foreigner private benefit show during Samsung Mobile 500 Race Week in April, followed by a sneak peek during the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival. The Saucer has been announcing live bands via its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FlyingSaucerFortWorth).

The Saucer would like to move into the 8.0 space "as soon as it's ready," said Mark Castaldo, who identified himself as the Saucer's "boss."

For now, though, we'll just have to wait and watch the evolution of one of our favorite spots downtown. Stay tuned to the Saucer's patio doings on Facebook or at www.beerknurd.com/stores/fortworth.

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