A new Shops at Clearfork prime steakhouse from Houston is known for its $124 hot dog.
Most of all, it might be known for delivery — of diners, not dinners.
B&B’s popular 15-passenger Mercedes-Benz Sprinter customer shuttle van — it’s nicknamed “Rare Force One” — will be coming to Fort Worth along with the steakhouse when it opens in September near Neiman Marcus.
In Houston, the Wi-Fi-equipped van shuttles customers from dinner in time for arts or theater performances and sports events. In Fort Worth, it might shuttle patrons to Bass Hall, the rodeo or TCU Horned Frogs games.
That’ll be new to the Fort Worth-Arlington market. Right now, only Kirby’s Steakhouse in Southlake promotes a complimentary shuttle van, and only to and from airport-area hotels. (Several Arlington restaurants offer shuttles to Dallas Cowboys or Texas Rangers games.)
B&B Butchers sponsored a preview dinner last week at neighbor Neiman Marcus’ much-improved NM Cafe, which has added formal tablecloths and more sound baffling to restore the quiet Neiman’s dining experience.
Dinner came at a classic B&B price: $165. But that included a choice of filet or rib-eye, sea bass or a chicken shank, with exclusive Kobe beef rib-eyes available for $200. (They’re $225 in Houston.)
Restaurateur Benjamin Berg opened B&B Butchers two years ago in Houston as a throwback to the butcher-shop tradition, offering both a steakhouse and meat counter. The restaurant is one of nine licensed by a Japanese trade group to promote the highest grade of Kobe beef.
Berg has said Fort Worth reminds him of Houston for the shared traditions of arts, philanthropy and a love for Texas beef.
B&B’s $124 hot dog helped stir publicity for the Houston Astros’ baseball season opener. The “Break the Bank Frank” was an all-wagyu beef dog topped with sauteed Maine lobster in a truffle-mustard beurre blanc, dusted with 24-karat gold flakes.
(Yes, the price included fries.)
The new Shops at Clearfork location will include a dining room, butcher shop, patio and mezzanine.
It’s scheduled to open in September at 5212 Marathon Ave., a block south of Neiman Marcus; bbbutchers.com.
30 years of Mac’s
Two landmark Fort Worth and Arlington restaurants will celebrate anniversaries in the coming week.
Mac’s Bar & Grill, which opened in southwest Arlington when that stretch of Interstate 20 was mostly undeveloped, is serving a special menu Wednesday and Thursday to celebrate 30 years.
Mac’s is bringing back forgotten menu items such as charbroiled chicken, Dijon chicken, fried catfish and snapper bearnaise.
55 years of pancakes
The Ol’ South Pancake House will celebrate 55 years with a charity party Tuesday.
And that’s not just 55 years — that’s 55 years, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Ol’ South will serve breakfast until 2 p.m. Tuesday at its original 1962 prices and donate all money collected to Cook Children’s Medical Center.
That means $1.60 for German pancakes with lemon and powdered sugar, $1.95 for three miniature “Dutch baby” German pancakes, $1.80 for a ham-and-egg platter and $1.50 for pecan or blueberry pancakes.
Ol’ South first opened in January 1962, serving Stock Show breakfasts in a now-gone location at 1501 S. University Drive. A second location opened the same month at 2312 E. Lancaster Ave., and both switched to 24-hour service that May.