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Eats Beat: Pacific Table nearly set to open in Fort Worth

Posted 12:00am on Thursday, May. 30, 2013

Pacific Table is getting closer.

And bigger.

The new light, California-fresh grill from The Tavern Bar & Grill chef Felipe Armenta will open soon in University Park Village.

With seafood, sushi and oyster bars thriving nearby, Pacific Table is adding both sushi and oyster bars.

“I think people are starting to understand how good sushi and seafood can be,” said Armenta, a pioneer of Gulfstream restaurants in California for the Houston’s restaurant chain.

“We’ll be light. And fun.”

Pacific Table also will serve an aged prime rib off a wood-burning rotisserie on the large patio. The seafood menu will include a miso-glazed salmon with green-tea noodles and fresh salads such as kale.

Pacific Table will open in a former Italian restaurant at 1600 S. University Drive, Suite 601, a few doors west of Blue Mesa Grill; 817-225-6194, twitter.com/PacificTable.

Beast of a party

A restaurant festival next weekend is for real foodie animals.

For $99, Beastro at the Fort Worth Zoo is the only event combining (1) food, (2) a rock concert and (3) special guest animals from the Zoo’s Wild Wonders Outreach.

The band Starship ( We Built This City) wraps up a night that begins with noshes from nearly 40 restaurants, including newcomer Campisi’s.

Rodeo Goat tavern and burger grill will serve its brisket chili. Capital Grille downtown sends lobster-crab sliders and Parmesan-dusted fries. Chef Point Cafe from Watauga will serve its mushroom-cap “what nots” and lobster bisque.

Other restaurants include Blue Mesa Grill, Cast Iron, Chadra Mezza & Grill, Daddy Jack’s, The Lunch Box, Olenjack’s Grille, Salsa Limon, The Tavern, Texas de Brazil, Tokyo Cafe, Twin Creeks Cafe and Winslow’s Wine Cafe.

Beastro begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 7. For tickets and more information, go to www.fortworthzoo.org.

Crawfish for charity

A new Grapevine restaurant is throwing a generous benefit Saturday for the Joan Katz Breast Center in Fort Worth.

AJ’s On Main, a barbecue cafe and seafood grill, will host an all-day crawfish boil in the parking lot, with all sales going to Cruise to the Cure, a charity that benefits the center.

Boiled crawfish will sell for $7 per pound, with $2 beers. Owner A.J. Gillinger’s restaurant will also be open and serving hickory-pecan-smoked barbecue, fried catfish (the same as predecessor South Prairie’s), steaks and oysters. 651 S. Main St., 817-488-6112, ajsonmain.com.

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