Pacific Table is getting closer.
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 Houstons restaurant chain.
Well 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 Zoos Wild Wonders Outreach.
The band Starship ( We Built This City) wraps up a night that begins with noshes from nearly 40 restaurants, including newcomer Campisis.
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 Jacks, The Lunch Box, Olenjacks Grille, Salsa Limon, The Tavern, Texas de Brazil, Tokyo Cafe, Twin Creeks Cafe and Winslows 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.
AJs 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. Gillingers restaurant will also be open and serving hickory-pecan-smoked barbecue, fried catfish (the same as predecessor South Prairies), steaks and oysters. 651 S. Main St., 817-488-6112, ajsonmain.com.