A Crockett Row restaurant that was announced in July ’17 will finally open this week

The enchiladas at El Bolero which is opening in the space on Crockett Street that once housed Tillman’s Roadhouse.
The enchiladas at El Bolero which is opening in the space on Crockett Street that once housed Tillman’s Roadhouse. El Bolero

In July 2017, Crockett Row at West 7th, the restaurant/retail/apartment development off of West 7th Street, announced that El Bolero Cocina Mexicana and Pakpao Thai would open in the development ... sometime in late fall of that year,

As we know, the wheels in the restaurant world move slowly, and both restaurants have turned out to taken a lot longer than expected. But a representative for El Bolero tells us that the “chic casual Mexican restaurant” will open Friday, Feb. 15, just missing Valentine’s Day.

You’ll still have to wait for Pakpao Thai, however — it’s expected to open in the summer.

Both restaurants come from Dallas-based Aphelia Restaurant Group, and both have a couple of Dallas locations.  

From our 2017 story about the announcement:

“El Bolero, which takes its culinary inspiration from across Mexico, has a selection of ceviches, tacos, soups, salads and entrees, including a goat/panela cheese chile relleno, lobster-tail fajitas and cochinita pibil.” On the Dallas menu, the most expensive items are prawn or langosta fajitas and a 16-ounce ribeye, both of which clock in at $30; the least expensive entree (not counting taco plates) is vegetarian enchiladas at $13. “Our eyes are drawn to a dessert lineup that includes a Neapolitan tres leches and arroz con leche cake. El Bolero also offers brunch.”

El Bolero will be at 2933 Crockett St., previously home to Fort Worth Market + Table and, before that, the (relatively) longtime home of Tillman’s Roadhouse Fort Worth.

Pakpao will be across the street at 2932 Crockett St., most recently home to Rafain Brazilian Steakhouse, which closed in March 2017.

These aren’t the only changes coming to Crockett Row. The Star-Telegram recently reported that Concrete Cowboy Kitchen & Cocktails will open at 2901 Crockett St., which is the former home of Waters, which has since relocated to Sundance Square. And CultureMap Fort Worth reported last week that Toasted Coffee + Kitchen — a Dallas-based restaurant that specializes in, yes, toast (with a variety of sweet and savory toppings) as well as sandwiches, salads, breakfast dishes and more — will open this year at 2972 Crockett St., in a former ski shop in Crockett Row.

Robert Philpot has been a features reporter for the Star-Telegram since October 1992, and currently covers the Tarrant County (and sometimes more) restaurant scene. He also writes general-entertainment stories and features about DFW TV and radio personalities.