Craft beer fans have a new reason to drive to Fort Worth. Bird Cafe, the newest restaurant from the very busy Shannon Wynne, who partnered with Keith Schlabs and Larry Richardson, opens December 18.
Going into the newly redeveloped Sundance Square Plaza, Bird Cafe is like a Fort Worth version of Wynne's Meddlesome Moth. It has lots of beer and an identical menu created by chef David McMillan.
Signature items include the Monte Cristo sandwich special, "Moth balls," pot pie and mussels. The night menu will include dishes suitable for sharing, such as deviled eggs and chicken-skin chips.
The restaurant, a looming space with 6,400 square feet indoors and 1,300 square feet of patio, is split between two levels in the renovated 1889 Land Title Building and newly built Commerce Building. In a release, Wynne called the Land Title Building, "one of the very last of a building style that used to dominate downtown Fort Worth, representing the lavish and detailed Victorian architecture that Americans at the time emulated from Europe."
The restaurant's bird theme is evident in the art by Fort Worth artists Scott and Stuart Gentling. They created a 47-pound boxed collection of watercolors, called Of Birds and Texas, which features portraits of more than 50 species of birds found in the state.
"This may be one of the only places that all of the birds can be seen hanging in one place,” said Wynne. The Gentlings also painted the domed ceiling of Bass Performance Hall.
Bird Cafe is open daily for dinner only starting at 5 pm; lunch service will be added at a later date.