It’s not often, even in this share-everything social-media age, that a restaurant announces its own closing — much less doing it with a press release. But that’s what FW Market + Table, the West 7th restaurant/grab-and-go shop that launched in the fall, did early Monday evening.
“Fort Worth’s latest casualty on the city’s food and beverage landscape is Market + Table,” the release begins.
The restaurant, which combined an easy hangout/neighborhood market section (Market) with a more fine-dining, sit-down area (Table), took over in a space previously occupied by Tillman’s Roadhouse (the Dallas Tillman’s is still in business in the Bishop Arts District). Kalen Morgenstern, who was chef de cuisine at Tillman’s, stuck around to help launch Market + Table in September as its executive chef (Morgenstern is also a former Hell’s Kitchen contestant).
Market + Table made DFW.com’s list of the Best New Restaurants of 2015. Owner Todd Fiscus blamed the “light foot traffic” in the West 7th development, saying that it “makes a restaurant concept in this area unsustainable.” There has been a lot of turnover in West 7th, both within the development that officially bears the West 7th name and in the broad West Seventh Street corridor, but you can generally find scenes at the less ambitious, more drink-heavy Mash’d (practically across the street from Market + Table) and Social House, both parts of small chains.
“We tried two really fantastic concepts that the public really embraced,” Fiscus says in the release. “But, unfortunately, like many of the other restaurants in the area, we just couldn’t make it without more regular customer activity."
Among the nearby restaurants that have closed in recent months — and this is just an off-the-top of the head list — are Dagwoods Fire Grill Tap, Kin Kin Urban Thai and, a little east down Seventh Street, the Trinity River Tap House, still known to most of us as the Pour House. And, of course, AF+B — in a space that is now occupied by Cork and Pig Tavern, which officially opened Monday.
Regino Rojas, who owns the nearby Revolver Taco Lounge, announced last week that he will move to the old Sera Dining & Wine space on Forest Park Boulevard. When Eric Tschetter, the longtime proprietor of the Pour House/Trinity River Tap House, closed his West Seventh location, he cited increased competition in the area (Tschetter still operates Pour House Dallas, aka PhD). And with all the closures, there have come many more openings to increase that competition even more.