Diners at Winslow’s Wine Cafe, the cozy and popular west Fort Worth wine bar/restaurant, have at least seen pictures of — and have probably met — Winslow, the blue heeler mix that gave the restaurant its name.
We have sad news to relay. Joe Berry, the wine bar’s owner, sent an e-mail announcement Monday to customers that Winslow died on Sunday at age 14.
“Winslow has been the world to me through all the great times and the bad,” Berry wrote. “He never left my side. ... Winslow had a big steak prepared by our chef yesterday and was dearly loved until the very end.”
According to the Winslow’s website, Berry — who had formerly worked with the PGA, LPGA and NBA — was taking care of the family farm in Arkansas after the patriarch died. One day, Berry went to a neighboring farm to borrow a gas can and saw some puppies on the porch. When he returned the gas can, he asked if he could have one of the puppies, and the neighbor said yes. On the drive out of town, Berry saw a sign for “Winslow, Arkansas,” and turned to the puppy and said, “Hello, Winslow!”
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Inspired by a friend in Tulsa who had a successful wine bar, Joe and his nephew Tim began making plans for a Fort Worth wine spot of their own, according to the website. While they were hashing out details and trying to decide on a name, Winslow awoke from a nap — it was 3 in the morning — and came around the corner to see what was going on. Joe and Tim simultaneously thought of the name: “Winslow’s!”
The dog’s eyes — one brown, one blue — inspired the restaurant’s color scheme, and the restaurant has had regular dog nights on its patio.
Winslow’s, at the corner of Clover Lane and Camp Bowie Boulevard, is one of the most “neighborhoody” restaurants in Fort Worth, and condolences have been pouring in on the restaurant’s Facebook page. The restaurant will always bear Winslow’s name. “I love that his name will always be in neon lights,” Berry said in his e-mail to customers.
Berry has posted a moving slide-show tribute on Slidely. You can watch it here.