The Chili’s Grill & Bar location near the Fort Worth Zoo will close Oct. 24 to make way for a new location for Dallas-based Eatzi’s Market & Bakery.
Eatzi’s executive Adam Romo said Wednesday that construction will begin Nov. 1 and the store is expected to open in March.
Eatzi’s is marking its 20th year as a gourmet take-out shop and grocer. The location will be the company’s fifth, and second in Tarrant County after a Grapevine store.
Eatzi’s investors also recently purchased The Slow Bone, a popular west Dallas barbecue restaurant.
By the time Eatzi’s opens, it will have competition across the street. A new Tom Thumb supermarket is planned for the WestBend shops on River Run, replacing a former Fresh Market grocer.
Eatzi’s joins a crowded Fort Worth gourmet grocery market dominated for 15 years by H-E-B’s Central Market. The city’s first Whole Foods Market opened Wednesday in the Waterside shopping center on Bryant Irvin Road at Arborlawn Drive, and a new, larger Tom Thumb is also under construction on West Seventh Street near the Clear Fork river bridge.
In University Park Village, work also is beginning on a new Bread Winners Bakery * Bistro in a space left vacant when Blue Mesa Grill moved to a stand-alone building near Montgomery Plaza.
University Park Village is also home to an Apple Store, Anthropologie & Co., Tesla, Victoria’s Secret, Williams-Sonoma and other clothing and specialty retailers.