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Eats Beat: Eatzi’s coming later, and Market + Table soon

Chickens on the rotisserie at Eatzi’s in Grapevine.
Chickens on the rotisserie at Eatzi’s in Grapevine. archives

For almost 30 years, readers have asked when Fort Worth would get an Eatzi’s and a Whole Foods Market.

Now that other gourmet grocers are here, both are on the way in 2017.

Eatzi’s will open early that year in University Park Village, replacing one of the restaurants.

In the announcement, Eatzi’s executive Adam Romo of Dallas called Fort Worth “a fantastic city” with “educated, discerning and sophisticated foodies.”

Watch for Eatzi’s gourmet takeout on South University Drive replacing Chili’s in the shopping center across from the competing Fresh Market.

Current locations are in Dallas, Plano and Grapevine (1200 W. Texas 114):

(A Whole Foods will open about the same time in the Waterside shops at Bryant Irvin Road and Arborlawn Drive.)

Two weeks to Market

Yes, some restaurants closed in West 7th.

But that left space for newcomers, like Market + Table.

Technically, chef Kalen Morgenstern’s cafe and takeout shop will be a makeover of the old Tillman’s. But when it opens in about two weeks, diners will find a new layout and menu, featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, coffees, fresh juices and takeout.

Watch for Market + Table at 2933 Crockett St., 817-850-9255;

More than pumpkin pie

Fall is baking season.

So the Black Rooster Bakery will have a new menu of sandwiches, pies and cakes.

The Rooster’s fall menu will include German chocolate cake, pumpkin-pecan bourbon cake, caramel-apple tarts and the ubiquitous pumpkin flavor, but in pumpkin-chocolate chip bars.

Lunch items will include a turkey-goat cheese-cranberry croissant.

The Rooster opens at 7 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 8 a.m. Saturdays, so keep it in mind for early TCU football games; 2430 Forest Park Blvd., 817-924-1600,

Thurber truffle

The new Thurber Mingus, winner of several upsets in the Burger Battle judging, continues to expand its menu.

The restaurant has added a lengua taco, and a pecan truffle-wild mushroom ragout burger with lemon chevre.

If that doesn’t sound like anything you’ve ever tried in small-town Thurber or Mingus, try the city version at 4400 White Settlement Road, 817-570-0537;

The restaurant is also showing family movies on Tuesdays.

Early bird gets the taco

Readers liked the recent mention of Mi Cocina’s early lunch hours, so here’s more.

The Sundance Square location opens at 10:30 a.m. daily for those too hungry or busy to wait.

Other 10:30 lunch stops: tiny Bailey’s Barbecue downtown, and Boomerjack’s, Fred’s Texas Cafe, Pei Wei or Freebirds on West Seventh.

Bud Kennedy: 817-390-7538,, @EatsBeat. His column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in