Reata expands downtown, will open 203 Cafe at Fort Worth's Sundance Square


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Reata Restaurant is expanding in downtown Fort Worth, with plans to open a café on the second floor of the old Fire Station No. 1 in Sundance Square.

The 203 Café, at 203 Commerce St. between the Wells Fargo and Bank of America towers, will offer fast casual breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday and also cater to downtown businesses.

“When we initially established ‘Reata on the Road’ as a ‘temporary’ catering company back in 2001, we had no idea how significant our catering business would grow to be, especially among the downtown office community,” Mike Micallef, owner and president of Reata Restaurant Group, said Wednesday.

“We also recognize that sometimes office workers need another option for lunch on the go. 203 Café will provide a different menu than Reata through satisfying items that are easy to take back to a desk or a conference room.”

203 Café’s menu will focus on signature sandwiches. Menu items include:

  • The Rueben – Housemade pastrami with applewood-smoked bacon, swiss cheese, housemade fennel sauerkraut and whole grain mustard, served on toasted pumpernickel rye bread.
  • The Turkey – Citrus and herb-roasted turkey breast sliced thin, with whole grain mustard, arugula and sliced red onions, served on a butter croissant roll.
  • The Buffalo Shrimp – Fried bay shrimp tossed in spicy house made buffalo sauce, with shredded iceberg, red cabbage, cilantro, sliced tomatoes, cotija cheese and garlic aioli, served on toasted ciabatta.
  • The Bratwurst – Traditional German sausage of pork and spices steamed in lager, with housemade sauerkraut and whole grain mustard, served in a toasted pretzel roll.

“We are very pleased to have the Reata owners take on this new endeavor,” said Johnny Campbell, president and chief executive of Sundance Square. “203 Café will fill a niche in Sundance Square with a high-quality, first-class offering.”

203 Café is primarily designed for workers on the go. The 2,200-square-foot restaurant is expected to open this fall. The architect is Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford, with design assistance from The Projects Group and the general contractor is Dennett Construction.

203 Café is expected to hire 10 employees, and is initially slated to be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.