One of the popular items at West Magnolia Avenue restaurant Fixture Kitchen and Social Lounge is a burger. It’s an old-school burger, other than its spicy pickles and Pearl Snap kolache bun.
But Ben Merritt, Fixture’s executive chef and owner, has more burgers where that one came from — and he’s planning to open an east-side spot where the burgers are only one of the “B’s.”
Wednesday morning, Merritt announced that he will be opening a second restaurant, Ben’s Triple B: Biscuits, Burgers and Brews, which will be at 3016 E. Rosedale St., near the Texas Wesleyan University campus and Polytechnic High School. The restaurant is scheduled to open in the spring.
It’s the latest step of the “Rosedale Renaissance” that included the opening of the Bernice Coulter Templeton Art Studio at Texas Wesleyan University early this year.
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TWU has been one of the forces behind the effort to revitalize the historic Polytechnic Heights neighborhood and east Fort Worth, and it has been trying add new dining options in the area.
“Ben’s new restaurant is exactly what we have envisioned for this space,” Frederick G. Slabach, Texas Wesleyan’s president, said in a release. “Our campus life is thriving, and this is going to be ‘the’ place to eat and socialize for students, faculty and staff, and draw patrons from all over Fort Worth.”
Merritt, who grew up in Fort Worth, had been planning a second restaurant for a while. According to the release, the restaurant will open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it will include a full bar and “plenty of TVs for sports fans.”
Texas Wesleyan will pave two new parking lots to serve the restaurant and retail center patrons, one to the west at 3000 E. Rosedale St., and one directly behind Merritt’s new restaurant.
The university plans to renovate two vacant interior spaces, which are 4,100 square feet and 1,927 square feet. A Subway sandwich shop and the Texas Wesleyan University Bookstore occupy space in the same strip.
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