Food & Drink

February 6, 2014

Eats Beat: Cane Rosso’s waiting, parking situation; Kona Grill opens

FYI to Fort Worth pizza lovers: The busy Magnolia Avenue restaurant scene has a free parking garage nearby.

Cane Rosso’s Jay Jerrier has learned the difference between Dallas and Fort Worth.

“Our customers here really don’t like to wait,” he said this week, opening for the first lunch rush at his new Neapolitan-approved pizzeria on West Magnolia Avenue.

Fort Worth diners have a reputation. We want table service. But we don’t like long waits to be seated.

Most of all, we expect easy parking at the front door.

“We’re trying to explain about parking and to come get on the list,” he said.

“The best part so far has been the really good mix of people. We see families with kids at 5 o’clock, then groups of girls on their way to go out, then people going to Live Oak,” referring to the music hall next door.

Cane Rosso has been the most notable opening on Magnolia since Ellerbe Fine Foods, and has brought crowds who aren’t familiar with Magnolia.

The front door is behind the restaurant, facing the patio and Live Oak.

There’s parking behind Cane Rosso and Brewed, but the easiest parking is in the free Magnolia Green Parking Garage at 1201 Alston Ave., two blocks northwest.

Once you check in at Cane Rosso, you can walk Magnolia and drop in at Brewed, Live Oak, Zio Carlo or one of the other local drinkeries. Cane Rosso has been on a wait list most nights, and doesn’t take phone reservations or check-ins yet.

There’s one other lesson in Fort Worth: Even in Cowtown, we now expect brunch.

“I thought Dallas was brunch-obsessed, but Fort Worth is even more so,” Jerrier said. He has added a few dishes on Saturdays.

Cane Rosso is open for lunch Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and the same nights for dinner. (There’s a two-for-$22 weekday lunch special with a pizza, salad and two drinks.) It’s closed Sundays and Mondays; 815 W. Magnolia Ave., 817-922-9222, facebook.com/CaneRossoFW.

• After a few days’ practice, Arizona-based Kona Grill is now open in the West 7th shops.

The familiar, vaguely Polynesian-Pacific Rim chain is known from a NorthPark location for its sushi, macadamia chicken, “Big Kahuna” cheeseburger and passion fruit creme brulee.

The new location has a rooftop terrace. It’s open for lunch and dinner daily, serving until 10 p.m. weeknights and 11 p.m. weekends; 3028 Crockett St., 817-210-4216, konagrill.com.

• Also coming in the West 7th shops: Brewsters, a new burger pub and craft beer house from the owner of Esparza’s in Grapevine and Guero’s Mexican Grill in Coppell.

Owner Steve Brown promises fresh-ground beef and a broader menu.

Brewsters will be at 2837 Crockett St., east of AF+B; facebook.com/BrewstersWest7th.

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