Fort Worth New Years Eve picks: Fred’s farewell, ’80s band

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Fred’s Texas Cafe has been located in the western part of Fort Worth for over 40 years.

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New restaurant for the new year

After a COVID-19 spike in 2021 kept pro rodeo cowboys away and slowed the opening of the new Stockyards entertainment district, great chef-run restaurants are now under construction in Fort Worth.

From a farewell party at Fred’s Texas Cafe to a $ 250 dinner at Fearing’s, Texans have a range of choices to ring that stinky 2021 and move on to 2022.

Fred’s, a ruined 1980s hamburger grill, will be hosting a “Last Farewell” party from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

By then, regulars should have enough fuel to hoist Fred onto their shoulders and carry him to his new home on Camp Bowie Boulevard.

Sam Anderson of the Quaker City Night Hawks and singer Claire Hinkle are expected to join his father’s James Hinkle Band on stage as Fred’s raises money for the Dallas-based Meat Fight charity that fights multiple sclerosis.

A 10:30 p.m. raffle will begin a month-long sale of bar stools, kiosks and everything that doesn’t move from the current location, 915 Currie St., at New Fred’s at 7101 Camp Bowie Blvd. W.

Fred’s will also host a Boxing Day show on December 26 and a singer-songwriter Tommy Alverson-Stefan Prigmore special on December 30.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily until New Years Eve; 817-332-0083. (A second location continues at 2730 Western Center Blvd.)

Make sure to check; other events will be scheduled. For now, here are a few more ideas for New Years Eve.

â–ª The AC Hotel Fort Worth, 101 W. Fifth St., always hosts a New Years Eve party with music, dinner, and an 80s tribute band.

The price for the party will increase as it approaches, but by mid-December it was $ 350 per couple (21 and over) and $ 500 with dinner at 7 p.m. There is a charge of $ 350 for cancellations. Call 682-291-0700; reserve on

â–ª Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, is resuming his $ 99 Lone Star Murder Mystery Dinner (18+) at 81 Club across Rodeo Plaza.

The 7 pm dinner includes a choice of Greek chicken, cod or a steak in Dr Pepper marinade, with sides and crème brûlée; 817-624-7117,

â–ª Downtown Cowtown at the Isis Theater, 2401 N. Main St., will host Texas comedian William Lee Martin for a show at 8 p.m. Tickets: $ 29.50, VIP $ 49.50;

â–ª Byblos Mediterranean Restaurant, 1406 N. Main St., known for its Middle Eastern dance performances, will host Lebanese singer-mediator Gabriel Fouad Nohra for a dinner at $ 160 per couple with advance reservation ( $ 200 per couple at the door); 817-625-9667,

â–ª Most restaurants are open, including Crú Food & Wine Bar, 5188 Marathon Ave., serving a $ 75 dinner of filet mignon, sea bass, or rack of lamb with chocolate cake or mousse. There’s also a $ 125 chateaubriand take-out dinner for two; 817-737-9463,

â–ª Cafe Modern, 3200 Darnell St. in the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, serves early dinner but doesn’t have a menu announced; 817-840-2157,

â–ª Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, 2400 Texas 114 West, Grapevine, serves a $ 75 lunch with a choice of eight entrees starting at 11 a.m., dinner at $ 85 after 5:45 p.m., and a $ 75 take-out menu until midnight ; 682-477-2261,

â–ª The Four Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas, 4150 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, serves a $ 135 or $ 195 dinner with wines. On the menu, corundum, halibut, beef cheek or mushrooms; 972-717-2420,

â–ª Next Bistro, 5003 Colleyville Blvd., serves a $ 99 dinner of duck, Cornish hen, Beef Wellington, rib eye or seafood; 682-325-4046, Next Bistro (

This story was originally published December 26, 2021 5:06 am.

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and went on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 18 sessions of the Texas Legislature. Since 1985, he has also written over 2,800 “Eats Beat” columns on restaurants, dining and food in Texas.

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