Things keep happening on the 1200 block of Magnolia Avenue in Fort Worth.
A week ago, the news wasn’t that good, as we found out that Magnolia Cheese Co. would not reopen at 1251 W. Magnolia.
Then we got word that Stir Crazy Baked Goods will open a location in that space. This will be a second location in addition to the 106 E. Daggett St. location not far south of downtown off of South Main Street; there are plans to expand to a larger location in the growing South Main area as well. Stir Crazy co-owner/baker Robbie Werner was featured in our Life of Pie story in late 2012.
Here’s the full release, which has one of the best closing lines we’ve ever read on a press release. Mid-July is the target date for the Magnolia location.
Now comes word that Le Chat Noir Cupcake Bordello and Bakery is opening more or less across the street, at 1208 W. Magnolia (Le Chat Noir will be east of Fifth Avenue while Stir Crazy will be west). This is the first brick-and-mortar for Le Chat Noir, which began in 2010 as a bake-to-order featuring cupcakes with descriptions reminiscent of “burlesque dancers, and fancy-ladies not unlike what you may have found in Fort Worth’s infamous, Hell’s Half Acre.” Le Chat Noir goods were also sold at local coffee shops. After bouncing around to some other markets, owner Patti Kirkey is returning to Fort Worth.
“We are taking baby steps,” Kirkey says in a release (which came with the attention-getting subject line “Bordello to Open in Fort Worth!”). “Our space may be small today, but we are looking to expand our bakery concept across Panther City and beyond. Any customer who has had a taste of our Toasty Tart, Salty Seductress or the like, can’t help but have a look of satisfaction on their face. It’s Always a Happy-Ending.”
The bakery also makes French macarons, as well as sculpted cakes, and wedding and other celebration cakes.
Target opening for Le Chat Noir’s brick-and-mortar is May.
If you’ve noted that 1208 W. Magnolia is also the address of Cat City Grill, don’t worry, it’s sticking around. Kirkey tells us that her shop will actually be at Suite 100.
“[It’s] a quirk of the building and sharing the building,” she says via email. “Ephemera — Comics and Terrariums is situated directly next to me, followed by Hutson Studio, and a newcomer, Finn, which specializes in upscale women's retail. We are all one big happy Historic 1208 family. Cat City's prep-kitchen and back entrance to their restaurant is actually right in the same hall as my shop.”