Dallas' Si Tapas restaurant to open spinoff in Fort Worth entertainment zone
A Dallas tapas concept is expanding west: Si Tapas, which has been doing authentic Spanish-style tapas in Dallas for 14 years, will open a second location in Fort Worth, specifically the Crockett Row district, at 2949 Crockett St. in a former Fireside Pies.
According to a release, it'll open in the fall.
Si Tapas is from Ildefonso Jimenez, a tapas pioneer who opened the first location in Uptown Dallas in 2009. Previously, Jimenez had operated Cafe Madrid, Dallas' original tapas restaurant with his wife Donica; she took over the restaurant after the couple split.
He opened Si Tapas in a cute white cottage at 2207 Allen St. in the State Thomas neighborhood, which he infused with an Old World atmosphere, soccer memorabilia, decorative bottles of wine, and a sweet oasis of a patio.
The menu includes tapas classics such as cold cuts, cheeses, olives, garlic shrimp, patatas bravas, calamari, Spanish potato omelet, serrano ham croquettes, whipped garbanzos & spinach with toasted bread, marinated red bell peppers, and more — kind of like a charcuterie board, disassembled.
They're known for their big and highly affordable wine list, with bottles ranging from $30 to $200. It's a place to share a bottle and snack on snacks, which has really become the contemporary way to eat out for a lot of people.
Their house drinks and wine list offer a unique collection of Spanish wines selected by region, and their food reflects the rich regional diversity of classical and modern Spain.
Ildefonso will be adding menu items exclusive to Fort Worth such as Cochinillo, a Spanish dish consisting of a roasted pig; and Lechazo, a Spanish dish consisting of roasted lamb.
"We are excited and grateful for the opportunity to expand our second location of Si Tapas into Fort Worth’s growing culinary scene," Jimenez says in a statement.
This is not the first time Jimenez has expanded the Si Tapas empire: He previously opened a location in Austin in 2014, and he once had a popular spinoff on McKinney Avenue called Hola!
Kathy Permenter, co-managing partner of Younger Partners, says in a statement that they're thrilled to bring Si Tapas to Fort Worth.
“They have many Fort Worth patrons and this new location will give them a chance to enjoy a tapas in a casual elegant setting," Permenter says.
Younger Partners purchased Crockett Row in August of 2022 and is revitalizing the development, including new gathering spaces, parking technology to help locate their 1500 complimentary parking spaces, updated signage, and additional elevators that will improve accessibility throughout the property, Permenter says.