Eats beat: Italian Inn goes dark Sunday, but the show’s not over

Posted 2:16pm on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2013

The “Home of the Singing Waiters” is moving.

And bringing along 45 years of memories.

The Italian Inn will close Sunday night, moving its piano and singers lock-stock-and-spotlights to Edelweiss German Restaurant.

Beginning in mid-July, Edelweiss will star pianists and show tunes weeknights and Sundays, German bierhalle oompah bands Fridays and Saturdays.

The odd combination unites two 1960s Fort Worth icons. Italian Inn opened in 1967 but seemed much older, founded as a spinoff from a 1950s-vintage east-side location.

The Zeqiri family owns both restaurants but lost the lease on the Italian Inn’s booth-lined Camp Bowie Boulevard space, a sprawling basement often voted the city’s “most romantic” restaurant in reader polls.

“So many of our customers got engaged in this restaurant,” owner Kenny Zeqiri said, adding that he’s “been married to it for nearly 20 years.”

He said Edelweiss’ menu will remain mostly steaks and German dishes, but will add popular seafood and pasta dishes from Italian Inn.

The Italian Inn’s fascinating collection of photos of Casa Mañana and Bass Hall stage and musical stars will move and merge with the similar Edelweiss collection, Zeqiri said.

Italian Inn will be open nightly through Sunday at 5, closing at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 p.m. on the final night, Sunday; 6323 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-737-0123,

Edelweiss is open Thursdays-Sundays and will add Wednesdays when the new menu begins July 10; 3801 Southwest Blvd. (on the Benbrook Traffic Circle), 817-738-5934,

The side road to Seventh Street

Ignore the traffic signs.

There’s more than one way to West Seventh Street.

While the Clear Fork bridge to downtown is out, follow the official detour to West Lancaster Avenue-Currie Street and stop at Fred’s Texas Cafe, Waters or the new burger grill, Rodeo Goat.

Or explore the secret detour: across the Henderson Street bridge to White Settlement Road, then south on Greenleaf Street or Carroll Street.

Greenleaf takes two turns and delivers traffic directly to Chuy’s Restaurant’s front door next to Bayou Jack’s Cajun Grill (and soon, Max’s Wine Dive).

Carroll’s hidden surprise is the M&O Station Grill inside the Leonard’s Museum, open seven days for breakfast and lunch beginning July 1.

Carroll also leads to Montgomery Plaza and Gloria’s, Sushi Axiom or the new DeLuxe Bar & Grille, which opens for breakfast weekends.

The art of tacos

Salsa Limón, the new museum-district diner home for one of Fort Worth’s favorite taco trucks, is open at 929 University Drive near the Modern Art Museum.

Salsa Limón will open for breakfast tacos and coffee, then stay open late nights for the West 7th crowd. For two months, diners who check in on Facebook will get a free breakfast taco;

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