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A new restaurant is coming to East Rosedale Street across from Texas Wesleyan University.

Chef and owner of West Magnolia’s Fixture Kitchen and Social Lounge, Ben Merritt, has selected East Rosedale Street as the site of his new restaurant, Ben’s Triple B: Biscuits, Burgers and Brews.

Merritt, who has more than 10 years of restaurant experience, has been considered a rising star in Fort Worth’s food scene. According to a news release, Merritt developed his passion for food and cooking while traversing the globe during his time in the U.S. Navy. Merritt is an American Culinary Federation Certified Culinarian who has worked and trained alongside some of America’s most well-respected chefs, such as Chef Stephan Pyles.

Texas Wesleyan, in partnership with the city of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, has been working to breathe new life into East Fort Worth’s historic Polytechnic Heights neighborhood. According to the release, Merritt’s new restaurant is the latest win for the Rosedale Renaissance.

“It’s a great location and a great time to be at Texas Wesleyan. Our campus life is thriving and this is going to be ‘the’ place to eat and socialize for students, faculty and staff, and draw patrons from all over Fort Worth,” Texas Wesleyan President Frederick G. Slabach, said in the release. “This economic win for our campus and historic neighborhood is what happens when the city and community leaders come together with a vision.”

Merritt’s 3,400-square-foot eatery will sit at 3016 E. Rosedale St. and is scheduled to open late spring of 2018. The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and will feature biscuits, breakfast items, burgers, a full bar and TVs for sports fans.

“I’ve been working on a second concept for some time now, and the opportunity to be a part of the Rosedale Renaissance Project was a perfect fit,” Merritt said in the release. “Biscuits, burgers and brews will become a reality in 2018, and I look forward to seeing everyone there.”

Texas Wesleyan will pave two new parking lots to serve the restaurant and retail center patrons.

In addition to the space of the new restaurant, Texas Wesleyan will renovate two other vacant interior spaces. The University is scheduled to begin interior renovations before the end of the year. Funding for interior renovations comes from a $572,299 forgivable loan from Fort Worth’s Urban Development Action Grant Miscellaneous Revenue Fund.

Merritt’s improvements to finish out the space will begin in the spring, and take place alongside the university’s renovations.

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