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The Dish: Growth in Tarrant County triggers culinary expansion and relocation

The Dish: Growth in Tarrant County triggers culinary expansion and relocation

In an area that is developing as quickly as Tarrant County, growth problems are inevitable. In Arlington’s sports hub, the number of restaurants near the stadiums and the new convention center is exploding. Growth in other areas is displacing old favorites and leading to speculation about rising rents.

A sophisticated pan-Asian restaurant called Soy Cowboy just opened at the Loews Arlington hotel, a location that is guaranteed to bring a lot of traffic to this upscale restaurant. The 21-story resort is connected to the new Loews Arlington Convention Center and is located between Choctaw Stadium and Globe Life Field, just a stone’s throw from AT&T Stadium.

Soy Cowboy is a new concept from Berg Hospitality Group, the restaurateurs behind B&B Butchers & Restaurant in Clearfork and a number of fine dining restaurants in Houston. A restaurant spokesperson said they expect about 50% of guests to come from nearby sporting events, while the other 50% will come from events at the convention center.

The sprawling restaurant features three distinct dining spaces, each with its own striking decor. Guests enter the restaurant through a dark foyer lined with realistic leafy bamboo canes that reach to the high ceiling. To the left, a bright cocktail lounge is decorated with red pagoda motifs, and pink cherry blossom branches reach to the ceiling around the bar. To the right, a plush black dining room is lined with mustard-yellow booths that look out onto an open kitchen.

A dramatic fire pit sways back and forth overhead. Behind the main dining room, the bright green “Bamboo Castle” serves as a private event space that can accommodate additional seating on busy nights, according to a restaurant spokesperson. Soy Cowboys officials expect seating on the outdoor patio, which stretches the length of the restaurant with views of Choctaw Stadium and Globe Life Field, to be in demand on game days.

The menu features dishes from China, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and Japan and includes sections for dim sum, sushi, robata grill and wok dishes. Wagyu beef features prominently on the menu.

Specialty cocktails like the Japanese Homerun and Spring Training raise the baseball cap in front of the towering stadiums next door. Soy Cowboy is one of the many new restaurants opening at Loews this spring. 888 Nolan Ryan Expressway, Arlington; 817-766-6444

King Tut Restaurant has been serving Egyptian and Mediterranean cuisine at the same location at 1512 W. Magnolia Ave. since 1992. Back in the 1990s, when I visited it on my trips home from college, I remember thinking the quirky decor seemed like a retro Egyptian throwback. In 2024, it’s a Near Southside gem. A sign on the building announced that the long-standing eatery will close on July 31, but Sandi Flory, who has worked as a server at King Tut since 2004, said the restaurant will only be closed for a few days while they move to their new location about a mile west.

She said King Tut’s owner, Amin Mahmoud, will move some of the iconic artwork from Magnolia Avenue to West Rosedale Street and is considering recreating some of the murals at the new location as well. The restaurant will occupy a smaller space in the Hemphill Crossing shopping center. New location: 508 W. Rosedale St., Fort Worth; 817-335-3051

Rockfish was a popular seafood restaurant in Southlake Town Square for 23 years, but was forced to close on June 19 after Town Square decided not to renew its lease. Rockfish president Mark Maddock told Bud Kennedy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the restaurant will look for a new location, most likely in Grapevine, Keller, Roanoke or Southlake.

The Dallas-based chain has locations in Arlington, Frisco, McKinney, Lewisville, Richardson and Houston, but Tarrant County guests can enjoy the location at 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., which opened in March.

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