Top-ranked BBQ in the Brazos will reopen by Sept. 1 next door to its former gas-station location, co-owner John Sanford said this week.
The popular barbecue restaurant, the highest-rated in the Fort Worth area according to Texas Monthly, will reopen first as a trailer while building on the same lot, 9005 U.S. 377 East.
“We’re staying right we are,” Sanford said. “Only moving a few yards.”
He said he is also meeting with a Fort Worth developer about a possible city location.
“But Cresson’s our home and it’ll be our main restaurant,” he said.
The new restaurant will be next door to competitor Rooster’s Bar-B-Q, a former Nashville and Granbury restaurant owned by former “Man v. Food” pitmaster Rooster Beane. It takes over the vacant space in the Texaco Plaza.
BBQ on the Brazos opened in 2013 after Sanford had cooked as a barbecue caterer and at a bistro on the Granbury square. He had previously owned a barbecue restaurant and cafe in Saginaw.
Texas Monthly first listed it in the “Top 25 New & Improved” barbecue stands, along with Billy’s Oak Acres BBQ and Heim Barbecue in Fort Worth and Meat U Anywhere BBQ in Grapevine and Trophy Club.
Smoke Pit moving to Sammie’s
An old-time barbecue favorite is on the move.
The throwback Smoke Pit barbecue tavern near downtown will close soon after 56 years and merge with the even older Sammie’s nearby, according to workers at the Smoke Pit.
The Smoke Pit, 2401 E. Belknap St., is a dimly lit beer hall with a low ceiling and walls lined with neon beer signs. It will close sometime in August, workers said.
Sam Gibbins, a partner in the Smoke Pit, bought Sammie’s, 3801 E. Belknap St., last year. It has a newer building but a history dating to 1946.
Perch adds sliders, desserts to menu
After two months, the downtown skyline restaurant Perch is adding new luinch menu items and revising the lighter happy-hour menu.
Some diners were confused and thought Perch’s beautiful patio location 12 floors up the Frost Tower would be fine dining. It’s sandwiches and salads at lunch, appetizers and desserts at happy hour.
New items: lunch sliders (pulled pork with ancho barbecue sauce, salmon with pea shoots and avocado, beef with grilled onion and garlic aioli), a crab cake appetizer and desserts such as a mixed-berry pound cake.
Farewell to the floating restaurant
The fire that destroyed the former Twisted Oar floating grill, bar and dance club further limited the future possibilities for Eagle Mountain Lake shorefront dining.
The Twisted Oar — it opened 30 years ago as Lauderdale’s on the Lake — was under renovation to become a Rockin S, like at other lakes.
▪ Texas Pit BBQ at Eagle Mountain Lake, 6680 Peden Road, is having a great first year. It’s open only for sunset dinner Thursday through Sunday and for lunch weekends.