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Celebrity Chef Tim Love Brings Fort Worth a Swanky New Tapas Lounge This Week

Atico dresses Iberico ham with caviar and gold flakes

Jumbo prawns at Atico.
Brittany Baerwald/Atico

Fort Worth’s anticipated rooftop hotspot Atico invites diners to feast on brisket croquettes and upscale charcuterie boards while soaking up views of the downtown skyline.

Chef and reality TV star Tim Love’s Barcelona-themed tapas bar is scheduled to open in time for the long holiday weekend on Friday, January 17 in The Stockyards. The scenic 82-seat lounge sits atop the new SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel (2315 N. Main Street), which was formerly a Wells Fargo bank.

Traditional bites include patatas bravas, pan con tomate, Spanish flatbreads, and grilled oysters dressed with guanciale. Charcuterie boards are built with Spain’s prized Iberico ham or black lime-garlic lomo embuchado (dry-cured pork tenderloin). An elaborate “José’s Tacos” order adorns Iberico ham with caviar and gold flakes.

Wood-roasted whole fish served with salsa, herbs, and crème fraiche.
Brittany Baerwald/Atico
Brittany Baerwald/Atico

The drinks list is largely filled out by wines, cava and sherries made in various regions of Spain.

Cocktails include a blood orange sangria spiked with tempranillo, a horchata Old Fashioned, and sherry-and-soda elixir. Sherry also makes an appearance in the PX Float, a dessert drink finished with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

The Studio 11-designed perch is packed with plenty of stylish odes to Barcelona, including brick arches, a modern glass roof, and large potted plants and live green walls throughout.

Atico, which translates to “penthouse” in Spanish, offers prime views of Fort Worth’s landmarks like TCU stadium, Will Rogers Memorial Center, and Dickies Arena.

Hours kick off at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. on weekends.