Traditional steakhouses and old-fashioned butcher shops may seem like things of the past, but both will be resurrected, in 21st-century fashion, when B&B Butchers & Restaurant opens at The Shops at Clearfork Nov. 20.
The restaurant/butcher shop comes from Houston, where owner Benjamin Berg opened the first location two years ago. Over the course of multiple trips to Fort Worth – where beef for his restaurant is processed – he fell in love with the city and soon decided to open a second location here.
“I wasn’t looking to expand,” Berg says. “But the more time I spent up here, the more I got to know the city and the more I realized it would make a great fit. Fort Worth has such a rich history in the beef and cattle industry. It makes perfect sense to open here.”
The upscale steakhouse will specialize in Texas and Japanese Wagyu, as well as dry-aged USDA prime beef, all of which will be hand-cut daily in the adjoining butcher shop. Featured appetizers include Wagyu carpaccio, brisket ravioli and house-smoked lamb bacon. For entrees, just about every cut of beef imaginable will be available, from chateaubriand for two to Kobe beef ribeye. There’s also a handful of seafood dishes, including a 10-ounce South African lobster tail. At lunch, there will be burgers, pizza and sandwiches.
Overseeing the kitchen will be executive chef Christian Marentes, a Fort Worth-based chef who spent time at Bob’s Steak & Chophouse and Sam and Harry’s in Washington, D.C.
B&B’s will occupy a massive slice of Clearfork’s footprint: The dining room and butcher shop alone are nearly 7,500 square feet. A mezzanine will offer additional seating, along with an outdoor patio that overlooks the shopping center’s park area. “Our design is a little more urban and contemporary than your average steakhouse,” Berg says. “But it still maintains classic steakhouse characteristics — there’s dark leather and dark wood everywhere you turn.”
The butcher shop will be open daily, offering hand-cut steaks, house-cured prosciuttos and made-to-order sandwiches.
A hallmark of the Houston location is a shuttle bus — or rather, a custom-designed Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van nicknamed “Rare Force One” — that transports diners to the restaurant from various locales. Fort Worth, too, will have a shuttle, although pick-up locations and cute shuttle nicknames have not been announced yet.
5212 Marathon Ave., Fort Worth, www.bbbutchers.com.