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New York-style pizza chain finally announces opening date for 1st Fort Worth location

A pepperoni pizza from Grimaldi’s, which opened its first Fort Worth location in December in the Shops at Clearfork.
A pepperoni pizza from Grimaldi’s, which opened its first Fort Worth location in December in the Shops at Clearfork. Courtesy photo

Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria, the New York-style chain, has had signs up in the Shops at Clearfork for months. It’s had its eye on Fort Worth for years. And it’s finally going to open Dec. 14 in the Clearfork location.

Grimaldi’s is known for old-school, dough-tossing, don’t-eat-it-with-a-fork, fold-the-slice, black-bottom, thin-crust, thick-topped pizza. Or as a release put it, “Grimaldi’s is famous for its coal-burning ovens, which are heated by 100 pounds of coal per day at a temperature of up to 1,200 degrees, delivering a unique smoky-flavored thin crust.” But we like our description better.

The first hint of a Grimaldi’s coming to Fort Worth, according to our archives, was in 2014, when it was looking at the WestBend shopping center off of University Drive. That didn’t happen, which might account for why it took four more years for a Grimaldi’s to finally open in Fort Worth.

The first Dallas location opened in 2008; the first Tarrant County location opened in 2012 in Grapevine. The Clearfork location will be the eighth overall in North Texas. The chain’s origins date back to 1905 in New York City, but it is now based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The 3,900 square-foot restaurant will have a main dining room seating 126, as well as a 29-seat covered patio, because Shops at Clearfork is big on restaurants with patios. Along with pizzas, it will offer calzones, salads, New York-style cheesecakes, specialty cocktails, craft beers, “a robust wine list” and more.

The new location will be at 5726 Monahans Ave. Suite J200. For more information, visit https://www.grimaldispizzeria.com or follow @GrimaldisPizzeria on Facebook, @GrimaldizPizza on Twitter, or grimaldispizzeria on Instagram.

Their secret? Made from scratch dough, fresh ingredients and a glaze of garlic butter.

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