One Fort Worth-based burger palace moves out, another moves in: Fred’s Texas Cafe announced Monday that it will add a third location, taking over the old Love Shack/Oui Lounge space on Blue Bonnet Circle near TCU.
After we saw the Fort Worth Business Press report, we put in a call to Fred’s co-owner, “Outlaw Chef” Terry Chandler, to get some more details.
“It’s gonna be Fred’s TCU,” Chandler says. “It’s gonna be a purple Fred’s. I’m sure those kids out there will help it evolve into the Fred’s it will evolve into. Because Fred’s is constantly evolving, [and] it evolves into whatever the customers enjoy. But I think there ever was a Fred’s sports bar, that it will be there.”
Chandler says that the property owners contacted him shortly after the Love Shack at the Oui closed in June, and that things happened very fast afterward. The target date for opening is late September, to try to catch as much Horned Frog football fever as possible. Chandler says the location will have a lot of TVs, with a lot of emphasis on college sports.
But don’t let the TCU/sports bar emphasis fool you. It will still be very much a Fred’s.
“We’re going to hang Fred’s stuff up in there,” Chandler says. “I’m gonna have a vintage surfboard collection in there. I’m gonna have photos and deer antlers, just like Fred’s North and Fred’s original.”
The menu will be the same as at the other locations.
One of the things that separated Love Shack at the Oui from other Love Shacks was the lack of an outdoor patio, and the space doesn’t look like it will accommodate an outdoor seating area. But Chandler says he plans to make one happen.
“You’ve gotta remember, at [the original] Fred’s, we could take something that doesn’t look like there’s any room there and create stuff,” Chandler says with a laugh. “I have no choice but to do that. I’ve kinda been conditioned into thinking that way.”
But although the TCU location will feature some live music, it won’t be on the patio as it is at the original Fred’s, Chandler says, adding that the outdoor area will probably be relatively small. And the outdoor dining area will be added later, because Chandler wants to meet that September target date.
“We can thank our customer base for that,” Chandler says. “We enjoy our popularity for sure, but we pay attention to our menu and our service.”