PImagine yourself in New York’s West Village, in a cozy neighborhood haunt, happily munching on raw oysters. This is the feel of the Hudson House restaurant and raw bar. The popular Dallas-based restaurant chain is now casting a wider net with three new restaurant openings planned. Including a new Fort Worth Hudson home, PaperCity has learned.
Although nothing has been announced or the website updated, signage for the new Hudson House is already in place along the bricks of Camp Bowie.
When outdoor furniture mecca Into The Garden left the iconic Ice House building at 4600 Dexter Avenue in favor of new digs at The Shops at Clearfork, longtime residents of Fort Worth got a little nervous. What would become of the building? We are numerous to like this building
Now it’s set to become the site of Fort Worth’s first-ever Hudson House, which seems like a perfect fit.
Fort Worth icehouse finds new purpose
Fort Worth’s cool Ice House building started life like this. My dad remembers riding his bike there to pick up a block of ice before electrified refrigeration came into fashion. The collective memory of many longtime residents of Fort Worth is tied to this ice house.
Then in the 1980s, the building housed two consecutive restaurants. First was the Icehouse restaurant. Later, a Fort Worth branch of Dallas’ Celebration restaurant held court there from 1990 to 2000, transforming the vintage space into one of the city’s most beloved dining experiences. On January 1, 2000, the Ice House building became home to Into the Garden, which eventually departed last August.
A year later, Hudson House begins to move in.
Hudson House currently has four restaurants in North Texas – Highland Park (Lovers Lane), Belt Line Road, Lakewood (Abrams Road) and Las Colinas, which just opened in May and added new event space baptized The Pineapple Room.
Houston also gets its first Hudson House (at 1964 West Gray Street in River Oaks). This would be followed by the first Hudson House restaurant outside the state of Texas – a Beverly Hills Hudson House along Los Angeles’ famous Sunset Boulevard.
The team behind Hudson House is Vandelay Hospitality, which also owns East Hampton Sandwich Co., Drake’s Hollywood and DL Macks restaurants. Back in June PaperCity reported that Vandelay also plans to open a new champagne bar in the Highland Park stores later this summer. The restaurant group is also rolling out another new restaurant concept called Anchor Bar, which will have two locations in Dallas when it opens in 2023, with a focus on fresh sushi, seafood and an oyster bar.
Fort Worth’s Own Hudson House
What can you expect from the first Hudson House in Fort Worth? There will be fresh oysters for sure, along with a chilled shrimp cocktail and chipotle remoulade, plus a seafood bouquet of oysters and shrimp served with all the trimmings.
In cooler weather — yes, there will eventually be cooler weather in Fort Worth — Hudson House’s satisfying Nantucket soup, which features freshly shucked clams, is sure to be a draw.
The rest of the greatest hits menu includes four salads like the Beverly with grilled shrimp, hearts of palm, avocado, radishes, crispy shallots and tomatoes, all tossed in house dressing. There’s a burger, fish tacos, and sandwiches like a New England-style lobster roll, plus a handful of entrees, including pan-fried red fish and steak and fries.
Looks like Fort Worth is in for a treat. Best of all, the city’s iconic Ice House Building will soon return to its former life as a bustling restaurant. That’s the power of Hudson House.