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Downtown Fort Worth hotel adds upscale Latin steakhouse in $8 million remodel

Short rib tacos at Toro Toro, a Washington tapas restaurant opening here as a steakhouse.
Short rib tacos at Toro Toro, a Washington tapas restaurant opening here as a steakhouse. Handout photo

The Renaissance Worthington hotel is rejoining the downtown dining scene, and in a big way.

A new Toro Toro steakhouse by Colorado celebrity chef Richard Sandoval will replace the current hotel dining room this fall as part of an $8 million remodeling announced last week.

The Fort Worth restaurant is billed as a “Latin steakhouse” version of the first Toro Toro, a tapas restaurant and bar in Washington.

It’s Sandoval’s sixth restaurant operation and third in Texas, joining Ciclo and Live Oak at the Four Seasons Austin and Bayou & Bottle in the Four Seasons Houston.

The Worthington, 200 Main St., was one of Sundance Square’s first buildings when it opened in 1981. It’s undergoing a complete remodeling of its lobby and common areas.

Toro Toro drew from Latin American barbecue traditions to feature charcoal- and wood-grilled steaks, according to an announcement Aug. 27.

Sandoval’s company operates luxury hotel restaurants around the world.

He launched his career as a French chef in New York, but gained fame when he opened Maya, which launched the contemporary Mexico City restaurant trend we now call “Mex-Mex.”

The restaurant is projected to open in November.

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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