Grapevine is the city of second chances.
Two restaurants moved from Colleyville to find not only new homes, but also new diners.
“The Grapevine crowd is different — we’re seeing people from Coppell or Flower Mound we never saw before,” said Rena Frost of Mac’s on Main, newest of a 30-year-old local steakhouse partnership.
Mac’s only moved 4 miles, but the new crowd is more interested in seafood.
Mac’s added more daily-catch items such as sea bass and flounder, Frost said.
But the surprise seller is prime rib, with sales up sharply compared to Colleyville.
(And that was before the Mac’s $14.95 prime rib Sunday-Monday dinner special, which ends next week.)
Mac’s also offers completely different desserts, including a house-made turtle cheesecake.
Mac’s is open for lunch and dinner daily, with a midafternoon break; 909 S. Main St., Grapevine, 817-251-6227, macsteak.com.
Grapevine’s new Crust
Also newly relocated to Grapevine: Chef Sage Sakiri, opening his new Brooklyn Crust Bistro.
Brooklyn Crust is BYOB and more casual than his former Tribeca. (It’s also less expensive.)
Brooklyn Crust serves lunch and Sunday brunch for less than $10, and offers a special $65, three-course Valentine’s dinner with wine featuring seared cod, roast chicken in a champagne beurre blanc, spinach-provolone pork loin roulade, or mushroom ravioli.
It’s open for lunch and dinner daily at 3105 Ira E. Woods Ave., 817-488-8130.
Romance in the ’Vine
Most Grapevine and Mid-Cities restaurants still list Valentine’s tables available, although Bob’s Steak & Chop House availability is getting tight. Brio, Del Frisco’s Grille, il Calabrese and Kirby’s in Southlake still have tables, along with The Classic at Roanoke.
And for a foodie Valentine’s gift, how about tickets to the second Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival?
This year’s event is March 26-29, including a new barbecue showcase at Billy Bob’s Texas with a Wade Bowen country concert.
Tickets for the entire weekend cost $325 — that’s only about $80 per day — at fortworthfoodandwinefestival.com.
Love with a side of bacon
If all else fails, there’s always Waffle House.
The Alvarado, Benbrook and Lake Worth locations will offer a special candlelight two-for-$27 Valentine’s steak dinner; see wafflehouse.com.
Bud Kennedy’s column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in DFW.com. 817-390-7538