If you've been to the Shops at Clearfork, the luxury-oriented retail/dining center in southwest Fort Worth, you've probably seen signs and construction for Pinstripes, which appears to be one of those big bowling-alley/restaurant entertainment centers (you know, like Pinstack, but let's not confuse the two).
And that's what Pinstripes is — with a couple of twists. Yes, it's a 30,000-square-foot bowling-entertainment venue. But it also has a wine cellar.
Pinstripes, which on Thursday announced an April 7 opening date, is officially Pinstripes Bistro-Bowling-Bocce: 12 bowling lanes, six bocce courts, and in keeping with the Italian origin of the latter game, "made from scratch Italian-American cuisine."
The menu is actually broader than that, but there is a selection of pastas, standards such as chicken marsala and chicken Parmesan, and slightly more adventurous offerings such as Italian "Jambalaya" (the quotation marks are theirs, not ours, for this spicy chicken, grilled shrimp, risotto, sausage and roasted pepper dish) and gnocchi and ahi tuna (we did say "slightly" more adventurous).
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Elsewhere, there are baby-back ribs, filet mignon, short ribs, a sandwich menu including a cheeseburger, and pizzas and flatbreads, including a prosciutto and fig flatbread and a yellowfin tuna flatbread along with some more standard choices (margherita, pepperoni, etc.).
Desserts include tiramisu, housemade s'mores, a Frangelico chocolate cake and gelato (although the place is only a short walk from the game-changing Amorino Gelato). Along with the wine, there'll be a rotating menu of craft beers. There will also be a Sunday brunch buffet, a gluten-free menu, cocktails and more.
As you might imagine with a place this size, it's available for events for groups ranging from 20 to .... 600. The Fort Worth one is the first in Texas (a Houston one will open in a few months). Pinstripes is based in Chicago, and Fort Worth will be the ninth location nationwide.
Pinstripes joins an already crowded restaurant lineup at the Shops at Clearfork, including B&B Butchers, City Works, Cru Food & Wine Bar,Fixe Southern House, Malai Kitchen, NM Cafe, Rise nº3, Twigs Bistro and more, with more to come. But do any of those have a bocce court?
Pinstripes will be at 5001 Trailhead Bend Way in the Shops at Clearfork; http://pinstripes.com