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Sera Dining & Wine to open in former Sapristi! space

Posted 1:00pm on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013

For more than a decade, Sapristi!, the cozy little spot on Forest Park Boulevard, was a hangout for residents of Fort Worth’s Berkeley Place, Misteltoe Heights and other nearby neighborhoods. Then it closed in late spring, and it has been dark for a few months.

But the spot is about to come back, with some familiar names from Sapristi! but a new name and concept.

John Marsh, who was general manager at Sapristi!, and Brandon Hudson, who was sous chef there, will open Sera Dining & Wine in early fall. Hudson, who most recently was sous chef at Dallas’ popular Smoke, will be the executive chef at the tapas-and-wine bar, which gets its name from the Latin for “it will be” (sounds laid-back -- and a little Doris Day as well, for those of you who remember Que Sera Sera).

The restaurant will have a coastal French-Spanish influence. Hudson had studied under Michelin-starred chefs in Spain.

The menu will feature shareable small, medium and large plates, with dishes ranging from $6 to $32. Items on the menu will change seasonally, and will be locally sourced as much as possible. According to a release, some of the dishes may include: Crispy Whole Sardines with Meyer Lemon Aioli, Hen of the Woods Mushroom with Quail Egg & Morcilla Sausage, and Slow-Cooked Suckling Pig with Quinoa & Herbs.

The restaurant will feature lots of seafood and a regularly changing vegetarian dish, as well as a specialty wine list that will be focused exclusively on Spanish and French wines

The updated 3,456 square-foot space will have lots of bar seating, and have a capacity of about 130, including private-dining and patio areas.

Sera will serve dinner from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, as well as “Sunday Suppers” once a month.

For more information and updates, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Robert Philpot, 817-390-7872 Twitter: @rphilpot

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