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Eats Beat: Del Frisco’s new location goes uptown, and upstairs

Posted 12:03pm on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

Almost 20 years ago, Del Frisco’s chose a Fort Worth steakhouse location on the southern end of downtown, away from busy Sundance Square.

But the new Del Frisco’s Grille is right in the middle of the action.

When the Southlake-based company opens its new casual grill later this month, it will be in a striking, two-story location at East Third and Main streets, with panoramic second-story views of the new central plaza and crowds mingling outside around the square.

Del Frisco’s Grille instantly joins Reata as Sundance’s most prominent restaurant anchors, seating more than 300 across 9,000 square feet and offering an upstairs bar, three private dining rooms and a wide-ranging menu of snacks, salads, flatbreads, burgers and of couse, prime steaks and a choice of 500 wines.

This is not the high-dollar Del’s. Based on the current Uptown Dallas menu, lunch and weekend brunch will cost about $10-$15, dinners $15-$30.

The Dallas location is known as much for the bar scene as for dining, and the Fort Worth location is set up the same way, with an upstairs bar overlooking both the plaza and across East Third Street toward the Flying Saucer patio.

Del Frisco’s has been promising to open before the rest of the square Nov. 1, but it’ll be close. Watch for it at 154 E. Third St.; 817-601-3439, delfriscosgrille.com.

(The new Southlake Town Square location will follow in December.)

• American Airlines is now serving first-class customers a taste of Grapevine.

Chef Stefano Secchi of Ferrari’s came up with a new pasta menu, including a spinach-mushroom pasta and pasta Alfredo with sun-dried tomatoes.

If you’d rather wait and dine at a nonfolding table, Ferrari’s is open nightly at 5 p.m. at 1200 William D. Tate Ave.; 817-251-2525, ferrarisrestaurant.com.

• More Sicilian pizza is coming to west Fort Worth.

Irving-based i Fratelli Pizza will open a take-out counter on West Seventh Street, the second restaurant serving rectangular, thin-crust pizzas much like those served at Campisi’s.

This i Fratelli is a franchise. It will take over an old candle shop at 2828 W. Seventh St.; www.ifratelli.net/pizza./

(Dee Jay’s Candles moved to nearby Montgomery Plaza.)

Campisi’s, meanwhile, has added weekend valet parking and takes reservations at its new Fort Worth location, 6150 Camp Bowie Blvd.; www.campisis.us.

• More new restaurants:

Mariscos La Marea, a popular Dallas Baja-style seafood restaurant, will open a Fort Worth location at 601 W. Northside Drive, in a former Italian restaurant best known as the long-ago Loredo’s.

The next West Magnolia Avenue announcement will be for 24 Plates, a tapas-style cafe with acoustic music, in a former Tex-Mex restaurant at 401 W. Magnolia Ave.

Bud Kennedy’s Eats Beat appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in DFW.com. 817-390-7538 Twitter: @EatsBeat Facebook: Bud Kennedy’s Eats Beat Get alerts at RebelMouse.com/eats

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