UPDATED: Add another new eatery to the stretch of Magnolia Avenue that is rapidly becoming Fort Worth's street of culinary dreams. Brewed, a gastropub/coffeehouse, will throw open its doors Oct. 11, with a menu of contemporary Southern cuisine, 14 beers on tap, 70 beers in bottles, and a full coffee bar. Kombucha will be on tap as well.
"It's a little bit like Tillman's [Roadhouse] and Oddfellows," says co-owner Jamey Ice, referring to the two notable Oak Cliff restaurants, the former known for its twist on Southern food and the latter for its coffee. "But we'll also have an emphasis on craft beer."
The chef is John Kramer who, though from Fort Worth, has been working most recently at eateries in Las Vegas and Bryan-College Station. "He does quirky takes on traditional food," says Ice, who's better known for his day job as the guitarist with the band Green River Ordinance. "Everything will be local and farm-raised."
However, Ice says the idea is not to get all fancy with it. There will be counter service and no wait staff. "If people want to come and study, they're welcome to," he says of the casual atmosphere.
The 4000-square-foot building at 801 W. Magnolia, which was "super ugly, 1950s" office space, according to Ice, before being gutted and turned into Brewed, will also sport a large patio. The restaurant will also share parking with the music venue Live Oak.
Even though Brewed wants to be known for coffee, Ice says he doesn't see Avoca down the street as competition. "Avoca is one of our roasters. We're big fans of Avoca," he says.
Although Brewed will open around 5 p.m. on its first day, Ice expects the place to generally be open from morning to midnight and to also offer a Sunday brunch.