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Just what Fort Worth needed: doughnuts and beer?

Funkytown Donuts owner Brandon Moors will open a bakery-beer bar downtown in Sundance Square.
Funkytown Donuts owner Brandon Moors will open a bakery-beer bar downtown in Sundance Square. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

The bakery of Homer Simpson’s dreamsis coming to downtown Fort Worth.

Doughnuts and beer will be the centerpiece of a new Funkytown Donuts & Drafts location, replacing a former cupcake shop on East Fourth Street across from Bass Hall.

The new Funkytown will expand the Moors family’s artisan doughnut empire to add craft brews, coffees and a cold coffee brew on tap.

The “extreme doughnuts” shop is known for all-natural ingredients, clever combinations and artful icing and toppings.

Owners Angie and Brandon Moors left other hospitality jobs to open Funkytown, first as a caterer and food truck and then last year at their current shop, 1000 Eighth Ave.

Funkytown Donuts & Drafts will be open morning, noon and late night, Brandon Moors wrote by email. (The current location closes shortly after noon or when the doughnuts run out.)

The new Funkytown location will join a long list of artisan bakeries open or near opening. The Taiwan-inspired 85ºC Bakery Cafewill open next week at 628 Harrold St. in the Left Bank shops.

Recent openings include Back Dough, serving extreme doughnuts weekend nights and mornings at the Love Shack, 110 E. Exchange Ave.; California-based SusieCakes, 1621 River Run in the WestBend shops; Unrefined Bakery, 3250 Hulen St.; and new downtown and Ridglea locations of Black Rooster Bakery, 910 Houston St. and 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd.

Laissez les po-boys rouler

In an ugly trick of the calendar, Mardi Gras is the night before Valentine’s Day.

There’s a new place in Fort Worth for a laid-back Mardi Gras: the Twilite Lounge.

If you haven’t gone, the Twilite is a dark and murky bar on the south side of Fort Worth serving equally dark and murky red-beans-and-rice along with roast beef “debris” po-boys, fried or blackened shrimp or catfish po-boys, grilled andouille sausage and chunky fried green tomatoes with “Twilite” sauce.

The menu won’t change for Mardi Gras, but every Tuesday, Twilite has a well-timed $5 frozen drink special. The Twilite serves po-boys nightly and brunch weekends at 212 Lipscomb St., 817-720-5483; thetwilitelounge.com.

Later, lover

Valentine’s night is mostly booked early, particularly at the prime steakhouses.

But call and try for a later table. Steakhouses such as Buffalo West and Mac’s might still have some early tables.

When I checked at midweek, your best bet looked like a Mediterranean or Italian restaurant: either Istanbul Grill in Fort Worth or Arlington, Terra Mediterranean Grill or one of the Italian choices such as Taverna by Lombardi or Campisi’s.

Valentine’s to go

Or order takeout.

I’m not kidding. For $130, B&B Butchers & Restaurant’s Butcher Shop takeout counter is offering a choice of chateaubriand, filet mignon or beef Wellington for two with appetizers, sides and desserts — and, for an extra charge, gourmet chocolates and flowers.

That’s available all weekend. The chocolates and flowers are also available with lunch or dinner reservations in the steakhouse, serving the regular menu plus a few specials such as steak-and-lobster for $69 or a red velvet cake dessert with a chocolate heart ($9).

B&B is open at 8 a.m. daily for takeout in the Butcher Shop, 11 a.m. daily for lunch and dinner at 5212 Marathon Ave.; 817-737-5212, bbbutchers.com.

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

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