* DFW.com broke the big news on Wednesday – famed Dallas pizzeria Cane Rosso is opening its first Fort Worth location. Cane Rosso will occupy the building at 815 W. Magnolia Ave., recently vacated by the shortly lived Ryan’s Fine Grocer & Deli. It will fit in nicely on the Near Southside, whose independent restaurants – among them, Ellerbe Fine Foods, Shinjuku Station, Nonna Tata and Spiral Diner – are among the city’s best.
Owner Jay Jerrier wrote on the restaurant’s new Facebook page that he’s hoping the place will be ready to roll by year’s end. “We don’t have a lot of work to do inside. We’re going to add a couple of bathrooms, build a bar and a pizza kitchen – and that’s really it. Depends on how smoothly permitting goes with the City, how long it takes to get our oven from Naples, and how the TABC permitting goes. So I’d love to get open before the end of the year…but it’s a crapshoot right now.”
Some of us know what we’re in for, thanks to Jerrier already establishing a Cane Rosso presence in Fort Worth. The Cane Rosso mobile truck sells pies out of Times Ten Cellar in the W. 7th area most Thursday and Friday nights, and the CR truck also briefly worked out of Swiss Pastry Shop. Jerrier told Bud Kennedy that the mobile truck will continue its weekly trips to Times Ten.
This will be the fourth Cane Rosso-related resto. The original is in Deep Ellum, a second location opened in east Dallas earlier this year and just a few weeks ago Jerrier opened his New York-style pizzeria Zoli’s NY Pizza Tavern in Oak Cliff in Dallas.
Now if only Barbecue on the Brazos or Pecan Lodge would open locations here, we’d never have to leave Fort Worth again.
* Tweep @sweeteaFW delivered some great news for soul-food lovers this week: Straight From the Kitchen has reopened today in a new location at 1509 Evans Ave. You’ll know you’re in the right spot when you see the signs for the old Kip’z Barbecue, which haven’t been removed yet. Owners Matt and Marsha Thompson are starting out small, serving only fried chicken and fried catfish plates. Over the next few weeks, they’ll add more of the comfort food staples that their previous spot on the west side was known for.
* As first noted here last week, a new Venezuelan-Mexican fusion restaurant called Sol de Luna opened last week in the old Red Cactus space. Run by a 25-year-old TCU grad, it’s a combo of fast-casual and made-to-order. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Try the avocado-chicken arepa with a side of corn sauce.
* Just a few feet away from Sol de Luna is where Pizza Snob will open later this year. It’ll be a similar concept as Pie Five, Pizza Inn’s fast-casual resto, but with supposedly gourmet-ish toppings.* The fourth Fito’s Tacos de Trompo taqueria opened recently at 1950 Hemphill on the south side. It’s the first Fort Worth location of this Taco Trail-approved mini-chain. The other locations are in Dallas. Be forewarned before you order your tongue tacos and chicken flautas: cash only.
* A fire broke out at Tim Love’s Lonesome Dove restaurant on Tuesday, forcing the Stockyards resto to close for about two months for repairs.
* Two shiny new resto signs went up this week – for Little Red Wasp, the second downtown venture for Grace owner Adam Jones, and Max’s Wine Dive, the latest Dallas bar-resto to expand to FW. The Wasp is still on track to open the day after Labor Day. Max’s opening day is pending a certificate of occupancy. “It could be a week or a month,” they tweeted.
* Reviews: BBQ Snob Daniel Vaughn took a trip to Rendon’s Jambo’s BBQ Shack. DFW.com’s Andrew Marton went nuts over Citrus Bistro in Colleyville. Fort Worth Weekly’s Laurie James reviewed the new Miss Saigon Cafe. According to Eater Dallas, I’m not going to Arlington often enough.