Goat cheese & bacon jam burger, grilled poblano burger at Thurber Mingus in west Fort Worth on April 9, 2015. Joyce Marshall Star-Telegram
Goat cheese & bacon jam burger, grilled poblano burger at Thurber Mingus in west Fort Worth on April 9, 2015. Joyce Marshall Star-Telegram

Food & Drink

Thurber Mingus, home of one of Fort Worth’s best burgers, closes

By Preston Jones

pjones@star-telegram.com

October 13, 2016 1:43 PM

About 20 months after it opened its door, Fort Worth restaurant Thurber Mingus, known for its gourmet burgers and inventive street tacos, has closed.

The news was posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page early Thursday, reading simply: “We are now permantly closed. Thanks for the good times.”

According to Fort Worth, Texas magazine, which broke the news, “Representatives from Thurber Mingus confirmed the closure Thursday morning but did not disclose further details as to why the restaurant shut down.”

Thurber Mingus, which opened in February 2015, was chef-owner Coby Baumann’s ode to west Texas taco and burger joints.

“[Growing up] we would travel to the border, to towns like Del Rio and Sanderson, and they had these kind of indoor/outdoor open concepts where there was always tacos and burgers and kind of a hybrid menu of Mexican and Tex-Mex food,” he told the Star-Telegram in 2015. “That’s really what I’m talking about here — more of the atmosphere, kinda laid-back.”

A Star-Telegram review of Thurber Mingus in April 2015 advised patience when it came to service and sifting through the eclectic menu, but offered overall praise, stating “The quality of just about everything we tried was high, even when it was something that initially seemed amiss.”

That summer, Thurber Mingus advanced to the Final Four of DFW.com’s Burger Battle, knocking off longtime Fort Worth favorite Fred’s along the way on the strength of its green chile white cheddar pimento burger. “The blending of flavors was spot on,” our judges raved. Ultimately, it may have been Thurber Mingus’ location, tucked below street level on White Settlement Road across from the Trinity River, in the former Froggy’s spot.

Preston Jones: 817-390-7713, @prestonjones

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