The Chili’s Grill & Bar location near the Fort Worth Zoo will close Oct. 24 to make way for a new location for Dallas-based Eatzi’s Market & Bakery.
Eatzi’s executive Adam Romo said Wednesday that construction will begin Nov. 1 and the store is expected to open in March or April.
Eatzi’s is marking its 20th year as a gourmet take-out shop and grocer. The location will be the company’s fifth, and second in Tarrant County after a Grapevine store.
Eatzi’s investors also recently purchased The Slow Bone, a popular west Dallas barbecue restaurant.
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By the time Eatzi’s opens, it will have competition across the street. A new Tom Thumb supermarket is planned for the WestBend shops on River Run, replacing a former Fresh Market grocery.
Eatzi’s joins a crowded Fort Worth gourmet grocery market dominated for 15 years by H-E-B’s Central Market and later also by California-based Trader Joe’s, which in 2012 chose Fort Worth to make its North Texas debut.
The city’s first Whole Foods Market opened Wednesday in the new Waterside shopping center on Bryant Irvin Road at Arborlawn Drive. A second, larger Tom Thumb “urban market” is also under construction on West Seventh Street near the Clear Fork river bridge.
In University Park Village, work also is beginning on a new Bread Winners Bakery & Bistro in a space left vacant this week when Blue Mesa Grill moved to a stand-alone building near Montgomery Plaza.
Chili’s was one of the original 1987 tenants.
University Park Village is also home to an Apple Store, Anthropologie & Co., Tesla, Victoria’s Secret, Williams-Sonoma and other clothing and specialty retailers.
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Whole Foods Market opens its first store in Fort Worth on October 12 with a large cafe and bar and lots of local beers. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison)