The Kimpton Harper Hotel Now Open in Fort Worth

The Kimpton Harper Hotel Now Open in Fort Worth

Kimpton Harper Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth and three miles from the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, is pleased to announce that the 226-room boutique hotel is now open. The Harper Hotel offers a unique destination for travelers and locals alike as a 100-year old historical building within the renowned Sundance Square Plaza, as well as shopping, entertainment, restaurants, and a lively bar scene—all just steps away.

Managed by Pivot, the lifestyle operating vertical of Davidson Hospitality Group, the Harper Hotel offers 226 guest rooms and suites perfect for both business and leisure guests, featuring luxurious Frette bedding, Atelier Bloem bath amenities, Bluetooth speaker systems, and plush bathrobes alongside signature hotel amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center and 10,000 square feet of event space. Designer Cynthia Forchielli of Forchielli Glynn brings relaxed yet sophisticated design to every room, including handcrafted furniture, thoughtful details, such as a panther figurine that greets guests upon opening the room closet, referencing the ‘Panther City’ nickname, brass pendant lights, woven baskets, and lively local art.

Located on the ground floor and helmed by Chef Matthew Williams, il Modo brings contemporary Italian cuisine to downtown Fort Worth. il Modo creates an inviting space for the community to gather and connect while enjoying dishes prepared with seasonality and sustainability in mind, with offerings including house-made pasta, such as a Cacio e Pepe Orecchiette, Manilla Clam Linguini, and Spicy Italian Sausage Rigatoni. Additional rustic-refined Italian dishes include a 22-ounce bone-in Ribeye grilled to perfection with roasted garlic and bone marrow butter; a roasted Half Amish Chicken served with potato-leek puree and garnished with roasted garlic and preserved lemon jus. Menu items also include a selection of raw bar offerings, family-style platters, shareable appetizers, complementing sides, and delectable Italian-inspired desserts.

Restaurant and bar guests can also enjoy a thoughtful wine list, created to harmonize with the cuisine, and cocktails built around Italian classics. The sophisticated Italian restaurant will soon host pasta-making classes and offer a variety of namesake packaged sauces and pasta for purchase that allow guests to enjoy a taste of il Modo at home.

Refinery 714, the Harper Hotel’s penthouse and cocktail lounge nestled on the 24th floor, presents robust whiskey offerings, classic cocktails, curated beers and wines, and a select menu of elevated bar bites, such as a King Crab and Smoked Trout Salad drizzled with lemon aioli; White Bean Hummus made with roasted eggplant, brown butter mushrooms, and pine nut relish served with lavash flatbread; and shareables, including House Potato Chips and Citrus and Garlic Marinated Olives. Off the menu but included with every order is the unbeatable view in all directions of Fort Worth and beyond.

Reservations are now open. For more information on the hotel, please visit theharperfortworth.com. Stay tuned for additional updates by following The Harper on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Kimpton Harper Hotel: 714 Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

 

ABOUT PIVOT
Pivot is the lifestyle operating vertical of Davidson Hospitality Group. With a deep-rooted passion for continuous innovation, Pivot offers exceptional service delivery, revenue generation, integrated marketing, and financial responsibility. Constituted by some of the most accomplished leaders in lifestyle hospitality, Pivot caters to today’s independent, adventure-minded traveler through approachable design, locally inspired food and beverage, intuitive, heartfelt service, and authentic experiences at each of its properties. For more information, visit www.davidsonhospitality.com/pivot. Follow us on Instagram @davidsonhospitality and Twitter @DavidsonHospGrp. Like us on Facebook @DavidsonHospitalityGroup. Connect with us on LinkedIn @DavidsonHospitalityGroup. #PivotHotels

ABOUT KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the original boutique hotel company, which pioneered the concept of unique, distinctive, design-forward hotels in the United States in 1981. Anchored in one-of-a-kind experiences, Kimpton now operates more than 60 hotels and 80 restaurants, bars, and lounges across urban locations, resort destinations, and up-and-coming markets in the United States, Canada, Europe, Caribbean, and Greater China. Kimpton spaces and experiences center on its guests, offering inspiring design to forward-thinking flavors that feed the soul. Every detail is thoughtfully curated and artfully delivered so that guest experiences remain meaningful, unscripted, and ridiculously personal. In January 2015, Kimpton became part of the IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG) family of hotel brands. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com.

ABOUT DEVELOPMENT SERVICES GROUP, INC.
Development Services Group is an established developer and operator of commercial real estate assets across the United States with a focus on adaptive reuse of historic buildings. An advocate and visionary for community stakeholders, DSG leads efforts that enhance communities, bring people together, and provide outstanding returns on investments. With a multi-disciplined team of seasoned experts, DSG offers comprehensive and integrated support services for all aspects of real estate development and management through each phase from start to finish. For more information, visit www.dsginc.net.

A Fort Worth Father’s Day Guide

A Fort Worth Father’s Day Guide

Even as Fort Worth and all of our favorite hang-outs are opening up, What’s Up Fort Worth wants you, your family, and especially Dad to stay healthy and safe. We suggest that you do a thorough review of all local, state and federal guidelines for all these fun Father’s Day activities. And check the websites below regularly for any updates to hours of operation and/or specific policies and guidelines.

 

Whiskey or Beer…Never Fear!

 

Make it easy on yourself and on Dad.  Year In, Year Out, it’s never a bad idea to take Dad to one of the great local breweries on the Fort Worth Ale Trail.  If you think he needs something a little stronger, there is no shortage of distilleries in and around Fort Worth.

 

And if he absolutely has to do something with a little more activity to it, we have some ideas for that too!

 

BREWERY IDEAS FOR DAD

 

NEAR SOUTHSIDE

Rahr & Sons Brewery

Fathers Day Ideas in Fort Worth160 years after William Rahr founded the Eagle Brewery, his great-great-grandson and namesake, Frederick William “Fritz” Rahr, Jr., felt the pull to brew and with the blessing of his wife, Erin, opened Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. on the south side of downtown Fort Worth in 2004. Knowing the family history, staff at Rahr & Sons tend to get nervous if Fritz leans over a brew kettle too far.

Hop Fusion Ale Works

Creativity is at the heart of everything they do at HopFusion Ale Works. Hop Fusion’s founders, Macy Moore and Matt Hill, are passionate about both. They firmly believe that craft brew is an experience, not just a beer. It’s about community and friends

Wild Acre Brewing

Hell’s Half Acre earned infamy in 19th Century Fort Worth as a destination for revelry and debauchery amongst the renegade travelers and traders that helped build the economy in the post-war West. Residing in its long shadow, Wild Acre Brewing Company toasts the famous stretch of land and the legends that built its reputation with a devotion to brewing the highest quality American craft beer found anywhere.

PANTHER ISLAND

Panther Island Brewing 

Father's Day in Fort WorthPanther Island Brewing is a family own and operated microbrewery located on the banks of the Trinity River in Fort Worth, TX. What started out as a passion for craft beer and a fascination for home brewing grew into a full scale brewery. With the support of friends and family Panther Island became a reality in December 9, 2014. Fort Worth is our home and has given so much to us, so we love being able to give back to the Fort Worth community while doing something we love.

DOWNTOWN

Cowtown Brewing Company

Father's Day in Fort WorthCowtown Brewing Co was founded on the idea that great beer deserves equally great barbecue. Their craft beer and smoked meats are developed and perfected on-site just minutes from Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth. Guests can enjoy their libations and succulent barbecue in the air-conditioned taproom or on the expansive outdoor deck amid lively music and a family-friendly atmosphere.

 MANSFIELD

Dirty Job Brewing
By The Horns Brewing

Check website. They might be re-opened by Father’s Day.

ARLINGTON

Division Brewing
Legal Draft

 

KELLER

Shannon Brewing Company

 

DISTILLERY IDEAS FOR DAD

 

Trinity River Distillery
Firestone & Robertson Distillery
Acre Distilling
Blackland Distilling
Blackeyed Vodka

 

Experience the Fort Worth’s Live Music Scene with Dad

Check out all the opportunities to enjoy the best Live Music that the FORT has to offer.

Father’s Day Cookout at the Fort Worth Zoo

Make Dad’s day with a special invitation to an exclusive after-hours Father’s Day Cookout at the Zoo! This family event in Texas Wild! includes a delicious picnic dinner, up-close animal encounters, access to all Texas Wild! animal habitats and free train and carousel rides. Plus, your ticket includes a personalized otter adoption honoring the father figure in your life, supporting the care and feeding of more than 7,000 Fort Worth Zoo animals. But don’t delay – tomorrow is the last day to purchase tickets!

Father’s Day Cookout tickets include:

  • A cookout dinner in Texas Wild!’s Texas Town
  • An up-close meet-and-greet with the Zoo’s outreach animals
  • Free train and carousel rides
  • After-hours access to all Texas Wild! habitats
  • Games and attractions to enjoy:
    – Toyota Children’s Ranch and Petting Corral
    – Central Market Playbarn and Hudson Foundation Kiddie Corral
    – Wild West Shooting Gallery
    – Yellow Rose Express
    – Country Carousel
    – One otter adoption package for Dad

Buy Tickets

Texas Rangers host Minnesota Twins at Globe Life Park

Could there be a better outing to hang out with Dad other than a day at the ballpark?  And guess what?  You don’t have to worry about the weather.  Plan the day for the Rangers game at the brand new Globe Life Field.

Want to do More than just Sit Around with Dad?

Plan a fun family event for the whole crew.  Golf or Bowling works for everyone, especially with Topgolf.  The best part—you do not have to worry about the weather.  Topgolf, Pinstripes, and Alley Cats all offer great options for a fun time with Dad.

Take Dad for a Bike Ride Along the Trinity Trails

If you missed this opportunity with Mom, The Trinity Trails is always a great family outing.  Extending through Fort Worth for over 70 miles along the Trinity River, The Trinity Trails is a wonderful trek for hikers, bikers, runners, and horseback riders and a great way to spend time with Dad.

Wanna Give Dad a Scare???

The Paranormal Activity in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards is one of the most active and written about in the United States.
The Stockyard Ghost Tour takes you on a 90 minute walking tour through the Fort Worth Stockyards, where you will hear stories of paranormal activity as well as detailed history of the Stockyards.  The Bordello’s, the shoot outs, the hangings and much more!
Treat Dad to a memorable, fun and entertaining tour!

For the Bold & The Brave

How about getting Dad and the gang together for a Cycle and a BYOB Party
with the Cowtown Cycle Party!  You’ve seen it!  This is your chance to experience it…and with Dad there, you won’t get in too much trouble…or will you?

Daddy-Daughter Tea at Fort Worth Botanic Garden

This one is planned for a week ahead (Saturday, June 12th) which gives you all the more reason to make this year Father’s Week instead of Father’s Day.  On Saturday, June 12, enjoy scrumptious snacks and a delicious selection of beverages at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s monthly tea. Reservations are required and space is limited. Choose from times 1–2pm or 2–4pm, and call 817/366-1100 to secure your seat.

Father’s Day Last YeeHaw Crawfish Boil in the Fort Worth Stockyard

In celebration of Father’s Day weekend, the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards will be hosting the ultimate Father’s Day event to bring Dad to!

Join the Fort Worth Stockyards for their Father’s Day Last Yee Haw Crawfish Boil on Saturday, June 19 beginning at 11 a.m. until sold out featuring the best boiled and soaked crawfish in Texas provided from Bayou Boils, live jazz music performed by The Big Easy Brass Band, and more family-fun at the Livestock Exchange Lawns. Crawfish will be sold by the pound for $10 and includes corn and potatoes – pre-orders for crawfish are available for purchase here or can be purchased at the ticket booth the day of the event.

 

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Celebrate World Whisky Day in the Fort

Celebrate World Whisky Day in the Fort

FORT WORTH DISTILLERIES

Convert a beautiful golf course with panaromic views of downtown Fort Worth,  Select a tiny corner of downtown Fort Worth with a questionable history, known as Hell’s Half Acre, Throw in a historic building with some…Yes, black-eyed peas with a West Texas down on his luck farmer, Then head east a bit to another historic landmark with Ranch Style Beans heritage and lots of Texas rainwater, and Wrap it up with a hipster bar and unique Texas grains in The Foundry District…and you have a glimpse of the Distillery scene in Cowtown.

 

Pay homage to World Whisky Day in Fort Worth (Saturday, May 15th) by ordering your favorite libation with whiskey from a local distillery.  Cheers!

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Mother’s Day in Fort Worth

Mother’s Day in Fort Worth

Mom says to continue to follow social distancing guidelines, even on Mother’s Day.  Listen to your mother!  We will have many more years ahead to get up close and personal, but let’s stay on track with COVID-19 this Mother’s Day and continue to follow the guidelines offered by the health authorities.

#1| Mother’s Day Brunch at….Home

It’s time to step up Guys and Kiddos—

Here’s a fun twist on Mother’s Day Brunch

Make all of Mom’s favorite brunch goodies, turn off the television, phones, Everything!  Make mimosas, order flowers, what else does Mom like?

Then when you think you have done enough, turn on her favorite movie and either

1) Enjoy it with her, or

2) Get lost and let her enjoy it alone. 

Let Mom decide whether #1 or #2 work better for her.

 

#2| Pick Your Favorite Mother’s Day Brunch Spot in Fort Worth

If you are not so adventurous to create your own Brunch for Mom, Fort Worth Foodies offers this list……..

B&B Butchers | Clearfork

Beacon Cafe 287 | Northside

Del Frisco’s | Downtown Fort Worth

Ellerbe Fine Foods | Near Southside

Pinstripes | Clearfork

Sky Creek Kitchen | Southlake

Taste Community Project | Near Southside

Trulucks | Southlake

Waters | Sundance Square

Wicked Butcher | Downtown Fort Worth

Joe T Garcias | Northside

If you consider yourself a Foodie or you just like to see What’s Up in the Fort Worth culinary scene, you need to check out Fort Worth Foodies.  Click here for the Fort Worth Foodies website, or Facebook page.

#3| Enjoy a Stroll or Bike Ride Along the Trinity Trails

Please follow all city guidelines regarding park closures and social distancing guidelines.

The Trinity Trails is always a great family outing.  Extending through Fort Worth for over 70 miles along the Trinity River, The Trinity Trails is a wonderful trek for hikers, bikers, runners, and horseback riders and a special outing with Mom.

Click here to check out the trails!

 

#4| Every Mom loves flowers!

SAVE $10

Here’s an idea that doesn’t take any social distancing thought to it.  Order Mom flowers or a beautiful spring flower arrangement.  What’s Up staffers use Gordon Boswell Florist.  Plan your delivery or pick up dates on Monday thru Wednesday next week (May 3-5) and get $10 off.  Just add Coupon Code MOM2021 online or by phone.

 

Click here to order!

 

#5| Enjoy a Glass of Wine with Mom

Cowtown Winery, located on Mule Alley in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards, will be offering half-off glasses of wine to all moms on Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 9th.

Cowtown Winery is a full-service winery in Fort Worth, Texas, offering dry reds, dry whites, ten flavors of semi-sweet fruit wines, and dessert ports. All of their grapes are sourced from vineyards throughout Central California. Cowtown Winery has won numerous state, national, and international wine competitions over the years. They additionally offer custom wine labels, a wine club, blending classes, and winery tours. With grapes fermented and bottled in Fort Worth, Cowtown Winery offers a range of wines for every taste. Patrons can sip on wines by the glass, bottle, or through wine flights and snack on charcuterie in-store or through take-out.

Click here to learn more!

 

#6| Indulge in Some Retail Therapy with Mom

Every mom has “a thing” or favorite store.  Treat your mom to an afternoon of safe, social distanced shopping and buy her something nice, something she would not have bought for herself.   Be safe and Buy Local.  That makes Mom happy and keeps the Fort retail wheels turning.  #Support Our Fort.  We love supporting Fort Worth businesses so that’s always a Bonus.  A good day of shopping is always followed by a good glass of wine at your favorite spot.   See #5!

 

#8| Give Mom a Mani-Pedi

Couldn’t do a Mani-Pedi for Mother’s Day 2020 so it’s long overdue.  Treat Mom to a little pampering to encourage mother-daughter bonding. You’re out with Mom and  pampering her (and yourself).  Doesn’t that feel good?

 

#9| Garden Together

Stop by your favorite garden center, back to #Support the Fort, and plan a day of gardening with Mom.  It can be as intense or light as you want.  It might end up with a nice Sip and Sit with Mom on the back porch…and that’s always a good thing! 

 

#10| Adopt a Monarch Butterfly for Mom

The Fort Worth Zoo offers a unique way to celebrate Mother’s Day.  Adopt a Monarch butterfly in honor of Mom this year! Celebrate Mom all year long with a monarch adoption from the Fort Worth Zoo. This adoption includes a monarch plush and a packet of native wildflower seeds for you to create your own butterfly retreat at home! Your adoption supports the care and feeding of the animals at the Fort Worth Zoo, including the pollinator species, and planting native wildflowers helps wild butterflies in all phases of their life cycle.

 

Click Here to learn more about butterfly adoption with the Fort Worth Zoo

#11| Plan a Game Night for Mom

You know what games Mom likes to play—card games, board games, charades, or any other party game.  If Mom likes it, let’s play it!

 

#12| No Work Pass

OK this should be a given.  Moms do not work on Mother’s Day.  If your mom tries to participate in work activities,  present her with a “No Work Pass” for the day.  Sit her down and take over.

 

#13|Custom Coupons for Mom

Since COVID has held us back with so many activities with Mom this past year, put a coupon book together for things that you  and Mom have not been able to do for the past 14 months.  Ideas are easy—lunch and a movie, a wine outing or Happy Hour, a spa day.  The list is endless and it gives Mom lots more things to look forward to, as we continue our work to put COVID 19 behind us.

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Sidesaddle Saloon Now Open In Mule Alley!

Sidesaddle Saloon Now Open In Mule Alley!

‘Finest Saloon in Texas’ NOW OPEN in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards

Sidesaddle Saloon is now open in Mule Alley with a selection of craft cocktails, beer, wine, spirits, and Texas tapas. Neon Light District Hospitality Group Partners Sarah Castillo, Glen Keely, and Christian Lehrmann, the team behind Fort Worth favorites Tinie’s and Taco Heads, created the ‘finest saloon in Texas’ to pay homage to the spirit of the American Cowgirl.

“We love the idea of an elevated ‘watering hole’ for our growing city, and we are fond of the nod to the cowgirl — we’re fans of tough, fearless women who can handle their own,” said Castillo. “We’re excited to provide our community with a refined, yet laid-back bar where everyone feels welcome.”

Leading the kitchen is Lehrmann, who focused on a Texas Tapas menu featuring down-home favorites with a sophisticated twist. Dishes include country ham and pimento cheese served with pickled vegetables, bison tartare with mustard vinaigrette and toasted sourdough, bacon cheddar chive biscuits with whipped butter, and deviled eggs with caviar and crème fraîche.

The craft cocktail menu, created by Keely, features signature mixed drinks with names inspired by American cowgirls and outlaws, like the “The Prairie Rose Henderson,” a perfect mix of Old Forester Bourbon’d Texas Tea, raspberry, and rose water, and the “Belle Star,” a blend of Silverstar Vodka, mint, strawberry aloe syrup, lemon, and Peychaud’s. The extensive beer, wine, and spirits menu will feature a variety of brands from Texas and beyond.

“We are excited to work with the Sidesaddle team on this concept. The partners bring a real sense of community and Fort Worth flair to every concept they’re a part of,” said M2G Ventures Co-President Jessica Miller Essl. “Sidesaddle Saloon will further the Mule Alley legacy of being the top dining, shopping, and entertainment destination in Fort Worth.”

Sidesaddle Saloon joins Mule Alley’s open tenants, including Hotel Drover, Provender Hall, Shake Shack, Lucchese Bootmaker, MB Mercantile & Supply, American Paint Horse Association’s flagship experience, Biscuit Bar, Cowtown Winery, Wrangler, King Ranch Saddle Shop, Proper Supply Co., and Simpli.fi national headquarters. Mule Alley will soon welcome additional retail and restaurants, including Second Rodeo Brewing Co., Avoca Coffee, and two new restaurant concepts from Chef Tim Love.

Sidesaddle Saloon is located at 122 E. Exchange suite 240 and will be open Monday through Thursday from 3 to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from noon to midnight, and Sunday from noon to 10pm. For more information, please visit www.sidesaddle-saloon.com and follow on Instagram @sidesaddlesaloon.

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Wolfgang Puck Catering at The Modern

Wolfgang Puck Catering at The Modern

Wolfgang Puck Catering and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth announce their partnership, with the former now joining as operator of all the Museum’s catering and events, as well as Café Modern, beginning this spring. With its unique restaurant-style approach to catering, Wolfgang Puck Catering is nationally recognized for its warm hospitality, creative cuisine, and customized experiences.

“We have been fortunate to be a part of the Texas culinary landscape for the past 13 years, and we are excited to expand our footprint in the state with our new partnership with the Modern,” said Drew Swanson, Texas Regional Executive Chef, Wolfgang Puck Catering.

“Wolfgang Puck Catering brings an international reputation for excellence to Café Modern, and we look forward to working with their team,” said Marla Price, Director, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Leading the culinary team will be Chef Jett Mora, a seasoned Wolfgang Puck Catering veteran for the past decade. A staunch believer in local immersion, Mora has already spent time in the region with Regional Executive Chef Drew Swanson forging relationships with farmers and purveyors. As a result, Mora will create seasonal menus rooted in Texas ingredients combined with Wolfgang’s signature touch.

At Café Modern, Mora will team with General Manager Roxanne Mclarry, who has been with the Museum for the past 17 years. Slated to open this spring, the restaurant will offer weekday lunch, Friday happy hour, Friday dinner, and weekend brunch with seating available both indoors and on the expansive outdoor patio. The menus will feature comfort food with global influences and a beverage program showcasing local spirits.

The Modern occupies a world-renowned building designed by Tadao Ando, with a picturesque reflecting-pond backdrop, making it an impressive venue for corporate or social events. Mora and his team of chefs will customize each event menu to tell the client’s story through food. As the exclusive caterer for many of the country’s premier cultural, corporate, and entertainment centers, Wolfgang’s expert team of experienced planners and chefs handle all the details from start to finish, creating a truly personalized event.

About Executive Chef Jett Mora
A graduate of the Academy of Culinary Education in California, the Los Angeles-born and bred chef Jett Mora began his cooking career with the highly acclaimed Wolfgang Puck Catering (WPC) in 2011. Working in WPC’s flagship Hollywood & Highland kitchen, Mora spent years working alongside Wolfgang and his team of chefs to create menus for weddings, special events, corporate galas, and some of the country’s premier events including the Oscars® Governors Ball.

Throughout his ten years with Wolfgang Puck Catering, Mora’s creativity, leadership, and support enabled him to advance quickly through the ranks, leading corporate dining at a top technology and entertainment client before joining Puck’s West Hollywood restaurant Red Seven as Executive Chef.

Mora then received the coveted opportunity to cook inside Wolfgang’s Test Kitchen, the master chef’s culinary incubator where Mora created his own multi-course tasting menus. This “experimental” restaurant allowed Mora to explore new dishes, ingredients, and cuisines and to design menus without limitations.

In 2021, Mora relocated to Fort Worth, Texas to lead the culinary team at the Modern, overseeing food and beverage operations, menu creation and catering and events, including running the museum’s signature restaurant, Café Modern.

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