New Restaurants

2 Dallas restaurants add kapow to newly renamed Fort Worth complex

2 Dallas restaurants add kapow to newly renamed Fort Worth complex

Pakpao Thai restaurant in Dallas
Pakpao Thai is one of two Dallas restaurants expanding to Fort Worth. Photo courtesy of Pakpao Thai

Two restaurants from a successful Dallas dining group are heading west. El Bolero Cocina Mexicana and Pakpao Thai will open in the newly rechristened Crockett Row at West 7th in late fall 2017. Crockett Row is the rebranded identity of the complex formerly known as the West 7th District.

The new restaurants come from Apheleia Restaurant Group, owned by Tiffanee and Richard Ellman. In addition to opening the restaurants, the Ellmans have partnered with the Crockett Row team to help oversee the property's food and beverage offerings.

Peter Jacobsen of The Woodmont Company, which oversees leasing, says in a release that pairing with the Ellmans represented a big opportunity. "The Ellmans’ restaurant industry expertise — from concept to execution — will add tremendous value to our team's efforts to further establish Crockett Row as a destination for truly special dining and entertainment experiences in Fort Worth."

El Bolero is the Ellmans' casual-chic Mexican restaurant in Dallas' Design District. The menu includes tacos al pastor, shrimp ceviche, chile relleno, and a lavender-rosemary margarita. The Fort Worth branch will open at 2933 Crockett St., in what was previously Fort Worth Market & Table, but what is probably better known as the former Tillman's Roadhouse. It's a 4,200-square-food space that'll seat 120, with additional seating on an outdoor patio, and an open kitchen.

Pakpao has a menu devised by famed chef Jet Tila that's influenced by the street food of Bangkok and the diverse regions of Thailand. Dishes include green papaya salad, fried chicken curry, and black sea bass; it also has gluten-free and vegan offerings.

Tila is the judge of Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen, and has been featured on Chopped, Iron Chef America, The Early Show on CBS, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, and The Best Thai I Ever Ate.

Pakpao will open in a 3,000-square-foot space at 2932 Crockett St., in the former Rafain Brazilian Steakhouse space, which used to be Patrizio. It'll boast an open kitchen and creative cocktails shaken at the bar.

In addition to its new name and branding, Crockett Row will soon debut architectural enhancements to offer a more pedestrian-friendly experience. Updates include individually designed tenant storefronts, additional shading and landscaping, public art, and a text-to-retrieve valet system with a central pick-up and drop-off location.

Crockett Row at West 7th is located at the southeast corner of West Seventh Street and University Drive between downtown Fort Worth and the Cultural District.