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A Beloved Austin Bar Is Expanding to Fort Worth

Nickel City’s second location is opening in the SoMa neighborhood this summer

Nickle City in Austin
Photo: Robert J. Lerma

Nickel City may look like it’s been in Austin for years, but it was actually designed in 2017 as the ultimate laidback neighborhood bar. The plan worked, and Nickle City’s dive bar aesthetic is a huge hit in Austin — and now the team is set to open a second location in Fort Worth.

“It’s truly the most authentic city in Texas,” Nickel City co-owner Travis Tober told Eater Austin, which broke the expansion news. “It’s that more blue-collar city, it’s got that vibe that Nickel City already has. We just want to go up there and be part of that,” he said.

The Fort Worth Nickle City is slated to open this summer in the SoMa neighborhood in a former flag store at 212 South Main Street. It’s going to be bigger than the original, and will be outfitted with a 15-seat agave bar and a patio. Nickle City’s onsite food truck Delray Cafe is coming along too, and beyond the sliders and coney dogs served at the original Austin spot, the plan is to serve menu items and drinks that serve as an homage to Fort Worth.

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