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An Italian restaurant is closing in Fort Worth, and it won’t be the last

Bravo! Italian lasted five years in the Trinity Commons shopping center on South Hulen Street,
Bravo! Italian lasted five years in the Trinity Commons shopping center on South Hulen Street,

The Bravo! Italian restaurant in Fort Worth will close soon.

That means you have only a few days left to use up a gift card.

In fact, it’s time for a reminder: When you get a gift card or coupon, use it right away.

More than 600 chain restaurant locations are expected to close this year as dining tastes shift to local, unique restaurants. More chain and local closings will follow in the customary business slowdown after Jan. 1.

If you have a gift card for Bravo! use it now. Another idea: Use it at corporate cousin Brio Italian, which continues in Southlake Town Square.

Every year at the holidays, Eats Beat readers ask how to use gift cards for restaurants that didn’t even make it to New Year’s.

Don’t get caught: Use gift cards quickly.

Bravo! has suffered lately along with other chain restaurants, and the outlook changed significantly when that Ohio-based chain was bought up this year by a Swiss private equity firm affiliated with a Bermuda investment firm.

The company announced nine closings nationwide. (Another Bravo! in Arlington closed years ago.)

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The Fort Worth location opened in 2013 in the Trinity Commons shopping center, near Oklahoma-based Charleston’s and Dallas-based Meso Maya. The building was orignally built in 1998 as a Fresh Choice buffet and then became The Covey brewpub.

Bravo! had high ratings on social media and a devoted neighborhood following, but all the restaurants on Hulen have lost business to the newer Shops at Clearfork.

It’s open until about Nov. 11 at 3010 S. Hulen St.; 817-763-0145,

San Daniele, newly opened in Grapevine, has a rooftop bar and rustic Italian favorites with more-refined flavors. Here, chef Yoann Lardeux describes the food.

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