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A Fort Worth Sports Bar Will Move Into the Toyota Music Factory Space Vacated by Big Beat Dallas

Look for Reservoir in the space formerly occupied by Big Beat Dallas


After the surprise shutter of Big Beat Dallas earlier this year, a Fort Worth sports bar has plans to take over (some of) the space vacated by the restaurant development at Toyota Music Factory.

The forthcoming eatery will debut in the Texas Lottery Plaza across from Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Emil Bragdon, president and CEO of Funky Lime Hospitality Concepts, operates Reservoir and Whiskey Garden in Fort Worth, and is “excited” to open Reservoir near his hometown of Irving, according to a press release. On West 7th Street in Fort Worth, Reservoir is known as a game-watching hotspot and serves up Americana fare with a Southwest twist including fajitas, nachos, sandwiches, pizza, and brunch options like chicken and waffles.

As Eater reported back in May, Big Beat Dallas suddenly closed its doors in Irving after just two months of operations. When it closed, owner Billy Bob Barnett, co-founder of legendary Fort Worth honky-tonk Billy Bob’s, told his employees that he was forced to close the sprawling restaurant and bar complex because of disputes with the landlord at the Toyota Music Factory.

Big Beat Dallas’ departure left behind 90,000 square feet of restaurant space to fill, and there are already two new arrivals set to open before the end of the year. Reservoir will join new restaurants Kitchen 101 and Violet Room, both projects of Sambuca owner Kim Forsythe. In the coming months, more tenants will be added to the space, presumably to fill the four remaining spots in the enormous 90,000 square-foot facility vacated by Big Beat Dallas.

Stay tuned for an official opening date for Reservoir.