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Future uncertain for popular east Fort Worth restaurant

Pork ribs, sausage, squash casserole and black-eyed peas at Lady & the Pit.
Pork ribs, sausage, squash casserole and black-eyed peas at Lady & the Pit. bud@star-telegram.com

The lady of Lady & the Pit, Natasha Smith, says she hopes to reopen her Handley-area restaurant soon after taking several days off due to a combination of problems.

City code officers have raised new questions about an adjacent barbecue pit, and as a result the restaurant has not been serving its regular plate lunches and smoked meats, she said.

Lady & the Pit is one of Texas’ few woman-owned barbecue restaurants and has been celebrated in Texas Monthly for Smith’s home-cooking menu of fried pork chops, chicken-fried steak and fried catfish.

Customers rallied around Smith last summer to help fix the air conditioning in the restaurant, 2220 Handley Drive, a former chain pizzeria.

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.

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