Is the Jacksboro Highway ready for "cowboy cuisine"?
Chef Juan Jaramillo is about to find out.
Jaramillo, once the chef at Reata Restaurant, will open Iron Spurs Bar & Grill in a landmark steakhouse.
"I always wanted to go back to 'cowboy fine dining,'" said Jaramillo, who continues as chef at the Scampi's Cove dockside restaurant at Eagle Mountain Lake.
Iron Spurs will open by November in Sansom Park, inside the 62-year-old former Williams Ranch House next door to busy El Paseo Mexican Restaurant.
"It's close enough for people from downtown, and there's nothing else like this for people in this part of the county," Jaramillo said.
"I had a lot of good years doing Southwestern cuisine. I think we can do it and keep the price point more affordable than the big restaurants."
Jaramillo says he perfected Reata's recipes for carne asada and tortilla soup. He also handled much of the cooking for the Reata at the Rodeo remote location.
Iron Spurs will serve less-expensive steaks and grill dishes along with a weekend brunch menu including eggs Benedict and huevos rancheros, he said.
Watch for Iron Spurs at 5532 Jacksboro Highway. Jaramillo's current restaurant, Scampi's Cove, is at 9216 Live Oak Lane; 817-236-8838.
The new Brewed coffeehouse and gastropub is open in the Medical District, expanding the typical brewpub concept to include a morning coffee setting and an inventive full menu.
The menu offers dishes such as a flatiron steak with baby spinach ($18), seafood, chicken or a house-ground burger with white cheddar on the now-ubiquitous sweet sourdough bun ($10).
"Shared" appetizers include Korean-style barbecued pork sliders, lobster corn dogs or bacon mac-and-cheese.
Brewed is at 801 W. Magnolia Ave., next door to Hot Damn, Tamales! and near the also-new Live Oak Music Hall; 817-945-1545, brewedfw.com.
Opening Monday in Alliance Town Center: Houlihan's, a Missouri-based chain restaurant that is a favorite for family dining, weekend brunches and particularly for a holiday buffet; 9365 Rain Lily Trail, houlihans.com.
Bayou Jack's Cajun Grill , a Roanoke seafood restaurant founded by a former Rockfish manager, will open its second location in Fort Worth next door to Chuy's near Trinity Park.
Speaking of Chuy's, a new location is planned in Southlake next door to the lavish new Patrizio's.
Patrizio's will open within the next couple of weeks; 1281 Texas 114 E., patrizios.net.
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