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Here’s what we know about chef Tim Love’s new Fort Worth restaurant

A Dirty Love Burger at the Love Shack.
A Dirty Love Burger at the Love Shack.

The Tim Love restaurant empire is growing again.

Fort Worth’s best-known TV chef will open a new restaurant this spring named for his daughters, Ella and Anna.

That’s all he’s saying for now. The menu and location are secret.

But he says the restaurant will have a small indoor dining area with about 12 tables, a larger patio and a vegetable garden.

“It’s so exciting, I don’t want to say much yet,” he wrote by message this week.

It’s not Love’s only project.

A new Love Shack Burgers will open May 1 in Houston. It’s at Levy Park, off Southwest Parkway near Buffalo Speedway.

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It’s a spinoff from his Love Shack Burgers location on East Exchange Avenue in the Fort Worth Stockyards, known for “Dirty Love Burgers” and chicken sandwiches, hot dogs with Lonesome Dove chili and craft root beer or fresh-made lemonade. (You can eat in the beer garden or inside the White Elephant Saloon.)

Next in Houston: the second Woodshed Smokehouse, opening Aug. 1 in the same park.

It’s the second location for his open-air breakfast, lunch, barbecue and burgers restaurant along the Clear Fork in Fort Worth near South University Drive.

(If you think it’s too cold for the Woodshed, think again. It’s a cozy place for coffee, breakfast, lunch or dinner.)

The new Houston restaurants are close to Eunice, the new restaurant from the company founded but no longer led by New Orleans chef John Besh.

Also coming this fall: Atico, the new Tim Love bar atop a hotel across the street from his Lonesome Dove Western Bistro.

Love said his restaurants are coming off a strong year. In particular, his Denton restaurant, Queenie’s Steakhouse, had a 28 percent increase, he said.

If you’d like to see what Queenie’s is all about, it’s open for dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays, for lunch Fridays at 115 E. Hickory St., Denton;

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and has moved on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 15 Texas Legislature sessions. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns about Texas dining, restaurants and food.