the Star Cafe has been known for 42 years as one of Fort Worth’s best steak deals.
This will not change under the new owner Chris Floreshe said last week.
Flores takes over on May 1 at a cattle steakhouse known for its “baseball cut” top sirloin, chicken fried steaks, burgers, pork chops and salads with homemade olive dressing.
These days it’s also known as a casual lunch cafe away from the crowds of Mule Alley at 111 W. Exchange Ave.
That’s exactly why Flores bought it.
“The Star Cafe should stay as it is,” he said.
“There aren’t many places here now where you don’t pay $16 for a drink and $25 for a cheeseburger. I want to keep the star the star. Let’s have a place where locals can eat at a reasonable price.
The bar and grill opened in the mid-1930s as Edna’s Star Cafe.
It was best known as the Star Cafe until it was transformed in the 1970s into one of the first Black-Eyed Pea Restaurant Locations.
An accountant and salesman for Superior Meat Co., Don Bolesbrought the Star back in July 1980. It has built a reputation for cheap steaks rubbed with lemon and garlic, and chicken fried steaks.
He retired at 86.
“I just want to be a good steward,” Flores said.
“The first thing that comes out of everyone’s mouth is, ‘You’re not going to change it, are you?’ “
That’s partly because Flores was an Easter high school classmate of the “1883” and “Yellowstone” producer. Taylor Sheridanconsidered an investor in other developments along West Exchange Avenue in storefronts used in “1883”.
Flores prepared some here for “1883”, he said.
But it’s not a soft foot from Stockyards.
“I’ve done my fair share of hanging out in PR and all that stuff,” he said.
He mentioned a new cafe and more variety as well as the street country dance bars.
“It’s going in the right direction,” he said.
Right now, the only change he has in mind for the Star is a rollback.
He wants to bring back the special meatloaf lunch on Wednesdays, he said, and possibly restore the Tuesday service.
Currently, the Star is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Saturday; 817-624-8701, starcafefortworth.com.