Monday, January 6, 2014
Look inside: DFW’s second Velvet Taco now open in Fort Worth
It's located in the hot hot hot West Seventh district.
FORT WORTH Velvet Taco is expanding to Fort Worth. Expect the same vibe as the Henderson Avenue spot in Dallas -- lots of after-bars eaters, same food -- at a new West Seventh location in Fort Worth.
It joins potential competitors like Revolver Taco Lounge and Torchy's Tacos in the hot Fort Worth area, though corporate chef John Franke says Velvet Taco is more likely to vie for business with the gastropubs nearby. "We have taco in our name and we serve things in a tortilla and in a lettuce wrap, but that’s as far as the formulation goes," he said.
The Fort Worth restaurant will have an identical menu to the Dallas store, with items like the Roti Chicken BLT Taco ("herbed goat cheese, lettuce, tomato, duck bacon, avocado, basil crema"); Fried Paneer Taco ("tomato chutney, Thai basil, tikka sauce, rajita crema"); and Fish n' Chips Taco ("curry mayo, malted French fries, house shred, beer battered Atlantic cod, pea tendrils").
The menu, like in Dallas, will have a WTF -- a Weekly Taco Feature. An example back in November was a turkey Swedish meatball with cranberry chutney. They've done tacos with lamb, kangaroo or buffalo. The company has more than 120 WTF recipes, Franke said.
Velvet Taco in Fort Worth will be located where bar the Gold Standard once was, and before that, an Arby's. (Are we spotting a trend here? The Velvet Taco on Henderson Avenue in Dallas took over a Church's Chicken.) Velvet Taco will sell rotisserie chicken to go, like in Dallas, but instead of being "back-door chicken" -- named for where patrons pick it up in Dallas -- the West Seventh store has a walk-up window on the side of the building.
The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. January 6, with dinner service (no lunch) for a week. Backdoor Chicken becomes available January 13.
A third Velvet Taco is slated to open in Chicago in July, Franke said. After that, the crew at parent company Fork It Over will scout for storefronts in Los Angeles, Houston, San Antonio and Austin.
Watch out, Hill Country dwellers: "I do feel like Velvet Taco has Austin written all over it" despite it being home to Torchy's. "With Chicago, with LA, with Austin, [we're trying to find] places that have high food traffic and late-night drinking and cool, eclectic environments. We’re not going to give into the temptation of being in a strip mall," Franke said.
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