Houston Chronicle – By Greg Morago – B&B Butchers & Restaurant hasn’t hit its two-year anniversary yet but business has been good enough for the upscale steakhouse to spread its wings.
Proprietor Benjamin Berg has announced that B&B will open a second restaurant in Fort Worth, a city no stranger to the finer points of beef. The second B&B is scheduled to open in September 2017 at The Shops at Clearfork, a project developed in partnership by Cassco Development Co. and Simon Property Group.
When it opened in June 2015 on the Washington Corridor in the former Dittman Bakery Building, B&B quickly became a go-to fine dining favorite thanks to its stellar beef program and excellent service. Berg worked hard to make the restaurant special with parties, festive happy hours, and new incentives that kept the city’s see-and-be-scenesters happily engaged with martini in hand. Foodies too were well tended to with a sumptuous menu from chef Tommy Elbashary and an on-site butcher program that kept pushing for the best. Last July the restaurant earned the distinction of being one of only nine U.S. restaurants licensed by the Kobe Beef Association in Japan to offer 100 percent authentic A5 Kobe Beef (A5 is the highest grade).
Those distinctions clearly caught the eye of developers.
“I wasn’t looking to expand when I was approached about opening in Fort Worth, but it made perfect sense,” Berg said. “My slaughterhouse is in Fort Worth and I’ve fallen in love with the quintessentially Texas city and its people, who remind me a lot of Houstonians with their love for philanthropy, art, food and all things Texas.”
B&B will open at the 270-acre Clearfork mixed-use development of luxury retail, entertainment and dining. The Shops at Clearfork’s first tenant, Neiman Marcus, opened in a 90,000 square foot space in February. B&B will take a 11,400 square- foot-space (dining room, butcher shop, mezzanine and patio) in the center of Clearfork just south of Neiman Marcus.
“We are excited to welcome such a first-class, Texas-based steakhouse and butcher shop like B&B Butchers & Restaurant to The Shops at Clearfork,” said Julie Wilsey, director of retail development for Cassco. “With nothing else like it in North Texas, Fort Worth’s dining patrons will surely embrace the unique concept offering the finest cuts of beef in an elegant yet dynamic dining atmosphere.”