Fort Worth’s diverse restaurant scene always brings something new to the table. In 2016, Dallas News reported that the Dallas-Fort Worth area is among the top US metro areas in terms of restaurant growth, and the area’s restaurant scene is still growing. Fort Worth has everything from Texas barbeque to fusion cuisine. Several local favorites can be found in Downtown Fort Worth’s historic buildings, which have an industrial yet homey feel, while the upscale restaurants at The Shops at Clearfork feature laid back patios.
Helping create these perfect venues are the top six restaurant contractors in Fort Worth. These commercial contractors were selected using a comprehensive set of criteria, including the contractors’ number of projects, diversity in style, national and local presence, and overall construction capability.
213 N Rupert St., Fort Worth, TX 76107
For a fairly young company, Cooper-Jensen Contractors has done a lot in Texas commercial construction. This general contractor and construction manager has completed ground-up and finish-out office, retail, and restaurant projects in Fort Worth and Dallas. Although founded only in 2015, it boasts nine decades of combined team experience. Company principal Pete Jensen has 30 years of commercial contracting experience and has owned a previous firm—Jensen Commercial.
The firm has completed renovations and ground-up construction for a number of well-known local restaurants. These include Kincaid’s Hamburgers, which serve Fort Worth’s first nationally famous hamburgers, and Dallas-based Meso Maya—which was named among the 21 Best Mexican Restaurants in America by Thrillist and one of the Top 5: Eats in Dallas by National Geographic. This upscale Mexican eatery offers Mexican and Mayan food. Its Tanglewood, Fort Worth branch features two patios that are perfect for Sunday brunch and a private dining area for a more intimate group setting. Other notable details the firm included in the restaurant are custom millwork and wine storage.
Case & Associates General Contractors
6315 Skyline Dr., Houston, TX 77057
Case & Associates is a general contracting company that specializes in nationwide luxury hotel renovations. Its creative solutions in the hospitality market have also extended into the restaurant market, with renovations and build-outs for fine dining spaces.
The firm’s close-knit team of renovation specialists is headed by company principal Allen Case, who founded the firm in 1988. Success followed when the firm accepted its first big project four years later—the renovation of the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. The firm continued on to conduct restaurant renovations within hotel complexes, such as the J&G Steakhouse in the luxurious Phoenician Resort and several restaurants in The Westin Maui Resort & Spa.
Case & Associates conducted an extensive renovation of the B&B Butchers and Restaurant in The Shops at Clearfork. The firm fitted the upscale steakhouse and traditional butcher shop with floor-to-ceiling windows and size-specific dining areas perfect for every group size. Rustic elements like distressed wood chevron patterns, brick wall details, and oak floors are combined with a modern open layout decked in white.
7409 US 287 Hwy., Arlington, TX 76001
From Fortune 500 corporations to emerging startups, Stovall Construction has built and renovated structures for a diverse clientele in the commercial sector. It is the oldest firm on this list, with almost 50 years in business. Jack Stovall founded the company in 1970 after working as a construction engineer in a large oil and gas company. His dream of being able to settle down and be his own boss was fulfilled, as his company is now one of the leading commercial general contractors in the area, with deep roots in the restaurant and retail industries. The firm’s 30-strong team is now led by Jack’s son, Jay, and his son-in-law, Rob Metzger.
In the restaurant market, the company has conducted ground-up new restaurant construction, drive-thru improvements, major renovations, and interior remodeling. Since its inception, the family-owned company has filled the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex with a variety of quick-serve restaurants, casual dining, and full-service dining spaces. The firm’s list of clientele includes some of the nation’s biggest names in fast food: McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Wendy’s.
Right Way Facility Services of Texas
503 Mercedes St. Suite B, Benbrook, TX 76126
Right Way Facility Services offers a wide range of services in commercial general contracting to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and beyond. It does commercial remodels, tenant improvements, ground-up construction, and rollouts for office, retail, and restaurant construction projects. Licensed in more than 36 states, this firm has the most extensive background in building chain/franchise restaurants on this list. It is exceptional at creating a laid back, casual dining experience that does not compromise comfort or design.
For more than 20 years, the company has successfully managed thousands of construction projects for some of the largest brands in the world, including TGI Friday’s, Chili’s, and Starbucks. For Chili’s in California and Texas, the company performs Open Store Remodels. This means the firm does the work solely at night, so the restaurant is open for business daily to serve lunch and dinner. This featured project is an interior shot of a MOD Pizza branch. RWFS does new construction as well as open store remodels for the DIY pizza chain throughout Texas.
14901 Quorum Dr. Suite #320, Dallas, TX 75254
Panterra Construction is one of the premier contractors chosen by the country’s top shopping center developers, retailers, and restaurant chains to build and remodel in north Texas. As the construction arm of the Gerdes Henrichson Investment Group, the company addresses a broad range of client needs—from initial site investigation to design and construction. Additionally, it offers one of the most comprehensive facilities management programs among the contractors on this list. This program is valuable for new and existing operations of restaurants and retail stores, providing fast response times for service requests.
The firm has done ground-up construction and renovations for a variety of brands. These range from local high-end steakhouses like Brick House Tavern + Tap and Perry’s Steak House to national fast-food franchises like In-N-Out Burger, Panera Bread, Starbucks, and Panda Express. The firm also delves into design-build partnerships and is highly skilled at creating specialty rooms and features.
1000 Civic Circle, Lewisville, TX 75067
Parkway Construction strategically brings together comprehensive experience and a complete design-build team to offer excellent commercial projects to Texas and the rest of the country. Licensed in 49 states, the company has traveled to provide commercial construction services to anywhere a client needs. It has built and renovated spaces for the education, retail, restaurant, healthcare, and hospitality sectors since 1981.
The firm possesses an in-house architecture team, a pre-construction division, and an accomplished construction team. This enables it to take on a holistic approach and, in turn, give a seamless process from concept to completion. This was made possible by the vision of current CEO, Rick Wojciechowski, who hired Greg Klimko in 2008 to be Director of Architecture, for the express purpose of doing design build work.
In the restaurant sector, the firm has completed a variety of work that ranges from quick service to fine dining. Parkway’s restaurant projects in Fort Worth include multiple Chuy’s locations, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Fixe Southern House, Olive Garden, Houlihan’s, Piada, Freebirds, Jason’s Deli, and Freebirds, among many others.
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