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Texas can’t get enough Hurtado Barbecue: Here’s when the new restaurant will open

Bud Kennedy's Eats Beat, Fort Worth Star-Telegram /


Front Street phenomenon Hurtado Barbecue has set an opening date for a new restaurant.

If all goes well, Brandon Hurtado’s “Texas Twinkies” will be served beginning Feb. 8 inside a new restaurant and beer garden at 205 E. Front St. in Downtown Arlington.

If you haven’t tried a Texas Twinkie, Arlington loves them as much as Fort Worth loves bacon “burnt ends.”

It’s a bacon-wrapped jalapeno stuffed with brisket and pimiento-cheddar, with a barbecue-sauce glaze.

They’ve become the signature for a barbecue stand that started as a pop-up at breweries, then expanded to a vacant lot and now takes the place of a longtime bar built in 1900 as a retail shop.

Hurtado, a marketing executive, is living every barbecue lover’s dream. He thought his barbecue might be good enough to sell, so he gave it a try.

In the middle of light snow flurries Saturday, Hurtado had a line for barbecue.

Along with Zavala’s in Grand Prairie, they have dominated small-batch craft barbecue in the cities between Dallas and Fort Worth.

The new Hurtado will have limited seating inside but a large beer garden. It’s in the growing Urban Union district north of downtown near Tipsy Oak and a new Cane Rosso pizzeria. It’s a mile from AT&T Stadium, a mile and a half from the new Globe Life Field.

Hurtado Barbecue is open at 5 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. Saturdays on a lot behind the new restaurant on Front Street between Mesquite and Elm streets; 682-401-7888,

Story by Bud Kennedy originally written for and published in Fort Worth Star-Telegram / on January 15, 2020. Image from Hurtado Barbecue Facebook page. View the video: