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Chef Casey Thompson always envisioned returning to Texas if the right project came along. Well get ready Fort Worth, Casey Thompson is back as executive chef of Brownstone, and returning to her childhood roots with a menu specializing in southern-inspired cuisine. Opening in early May, Brownstone is located in the new West 7th development in Fort Worth.
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Inspired by traditional family-style recipes and time-honored techniques, Chef Thompson’s menu captures the essence of the south’s unique culinary flair with dishes comprised of the freshest regional ingredients ranging from familiar and classic to modern interpretations. As Chef Thompson notes, “it’s the food you grew up loving”.
Brownstone’s menu is comprised of small plates for sharing as well as heavier faire and a selection of sides that utilize organic and locally farmed produce and meats whenever possible. The small plates selection features southern-style specialties that include Grandmother’s Biscuit Pan made-to-order from a wood-burning oven served with fruit preserves and venison sausage; Pork and Peppers made with blistered baby bells, ricotta, slab bacon, Texas honey and jalapeno oil; a selection of fire-baked Chicken Pot Pies; and Texas BBQ Smoked Pork “Rib-lets” served with rib candy and house-made sauce.
Diners wanting heartier options will enjoy dishes such as Buffalo Skillet Steak served with rosemary-thyme roasted mushrooms and creamed spinach and Tart Cherry and Wine Braised Pork slow cooked and falling apart over spoonbread.
Patrons can also select from a plethora of sides that include pickled vegetable jars; waffle fries and mayonnaise; and slow cooked heirloom pinto beans and bread.
Brownstone will offer a wide variety of culinary-inspired specialty cocktails and martinis made with fresh local produce, purees and herbs with ingredients ranging from agave nectar to tarragon and thyme, and local peppers and spices. Playing off Chef Thompson’s southern-inspired cuisine, Brownstone’s drink menu will offer modern versions of classic American cocktails as well as custom creations with a special twist.
Brownstone’s wine list will consist of a broad range of moderately priced eclectic wines with local and global selections offering both new world styles with old world favorites.
Brownstone’s timeless décor features rich, warm tones throughout the restaurant’s dining room, intimate library and bar. The overall atmosphere was designed to convey the feeling of being welcomed as a guest into the home of an old friend.
Upon arrival at Brownstone, guests pass through an expansive fenced in open-air patio. After entering the restaurant, diners can choose to be seated in the main dining room or grab a comfy chair in the library while enjoying the large fireplace. Designed to remind people of the comfort of home, the library is a warm and inviting space filled with casual, cozy furniture in rich colors of chocolate brown, deep reds and royal blues. An ensemble of sectionals, ottomans and cocktail tables allows guests to mingle while enjoying cocktails and small plates. The focal point of the room is a wall of custom built-in bookcases filled with antique books and memorabilia on cooking and travel. A chandelier spanning seven feet made of steel frame rods serves as the room’s centerpiece. Complementing the space are brick columns and windows with sheer bronze drapery.
The main dining room is a mix of textures including stained concrete floors, brown leather banquettes and wooden tables and chairs. The room’s floor-to-ceiling windows are covered with sheer bronze drapery, complimenting the sandstone colored walls and brick columns that frame the room. Just off the main dining room, separated by wood panel doors, is a private dining room with wall-to-wall cabinetry that houses the restaurant’s wine selection. The private dining room seats up to 20 guests and offers full audiovisual capabilities.
The focal point of the Brownstone bar is the dark emperador marble topped bar with antique mirrored front. The space features two custom-designed chandeliers surrounded by decorative ceiling panels. Comfortable brown leather booths and high top tables provide a place for guests to enjoy Brownstone’s seasonal culinary cocktail creations.
Brownstone is the latest restaurant project from the Sameni Entertainment Group (SEG). The management team is comprised of Operating Partner Sam Sameni, Director of Operations Susie Ware and Beverage Director Steve Buchner. The interior of Brownstone is the vision of Hatsumi Kuzuu of Kuzuu Designs in conjunction with Matthew Giese