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26-story mixed-use tower planned at Taylor & Fifth in downtown Fort Worth

Jetta Operating Co., a 24-year-old privately held oil and gas company in Fort Worth, and a related entity plan a 26-story mixed-use tower downtown at Taylor and Fifth streets on a site once owned by the Star-Telegram.

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UPDATE: Six candidates file for two Water Board seats

Six candidates have filed for the two open seats on the Tarrant Regional Water Board, setting up a battle that could potentially shift the balance of power on the board and the priorities of one of the largest water districts in Texas.

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Fort Worth breaks ground on $8.6 million South Main renovation

Fort Worth Near Southsiders and city officials broke ground Monday on the 18-month rebuild of South Main Street between Vickery Boulevard and West Magnolia Avenue.

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Fort Worth Chamber names Small Business of the Year winners

A trampoline recreation business; an oilfield services company; a longtime aviation maintenance firm; a maker of electrical wiring harnesses. Those were the wide variety of businesses that received the 2015 Small Business of the Year Award from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.

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Body-camera maker has financial ties to former Fort Worth police chief, others

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Taser International, the stun-gun maker emerging as a leading supplier of body cameras for police, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices, raising a host of conflict-of-interest questions.

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Real Deals: Good ol' boy edition


Need space to practice roundhouse kicks and fist-enforced Texas justice? You’re in luck: Chuck Norris’ spacious former  Dallas home, complete with a gym featuring memorabilia from his Walker, Texas Ranger television series, is on the market.
The Mediterranean ranch-style home in the tony Dallas neighborhood of Northwood Hills also was the on-screen residence of Cordell Walker, the roundhouse-kicking Texas Ranger who battled villainy at every turn.
Norris portrayed Walker in the CBS series that ran for eight seasons. It ended in 2001, but lives on in syndication. Portions of the series were shot in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The 7,362-square-foot home is listed for $1.2 million. Along with the weight room, it’s listed as having four bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and a theater. There’s also a separate building that served as a studio for the filming of Walker, Texas Ranger, as well as other Norris productions, according to listing agent Rogers Healy of Rogers Healy and Associates Real Estate in Dallas.
Norris co-owned the property with his brother, Aaron Norris.
– Associated Press

More good ol’ boy news
Ricky Bobby Sports Saloon, a new restaurant and sports bar with a NASCAR racing theme, has opened down the road apiece from the Texas Motor Speedway.
The restaurant and sports bar, at 2200 NE Loop 820, is the latest concept from Houston-based Rick’s Cabaret International Inc.
The restaurant features a menu designed by restaurant consultant David Simmons to appeal to dining – and driving – enthusiasts, including what it bills as the largest chicken-fried steak in Texas.
“We have traditional items with a Ricky Bobby flair such as our mac ‘n cheese bacon burger, crazy corn, funnel cake, and yes, the largest chicken-fried steak in Texas,” said Simmons in a news release.
The Ricky Bobby restaurant includes multiple giant flat-screen televisions throughout, plus a 3,000-square-foot outdoor patio with fire pits, fountains and a stage for live band performances. A fountain and an authentic NASCAR racer with the number 39 and a Ricky Bobby logo greet guests. Ricky Bobby is a fictional character from a Will Ferrell film.

Burgers, wellness
A new burger restaurant and a wellness center are coming to the West Seventh development, Cypress Equities officials announced July 23.
Brewsters Burger Bar and Chiro One Wellness Centers have signed leases to occupy space in the mixed-use development located at the intersection of West Seventh Street and University Drive.
Brewsters Burger Bar will open a 2,969-square-foot location on Crockett Street across from LA Fitness. Brewsters will be a draft house/burger bar as well as a full bar with about 60 craft beers on tap. Designed by The Duncan Design Group of Dallas, Brewsters will have a classic pub atmosphere with wood, leather and brick, according to a news release from Cypress.
Brewsters will be operated by Steve Brown of the BPSB Corp. Brown has more than 35 years of restaurant expertise, having opened Esparza’s Restaurante Mexicano in downtown Grapevine in 1985 and Guero’s Mexican Grill in Valley Ranch in 1997. Brewsters Burger Bar is slated to open in December.
Roger Smeltzer with Vision Commercial Real Estate represented Brewsters Burger Bar and Perren Gasc of Centennial Retail Services represented the landlord.
Chiro One Wellness Centers offers chiropractic care and has 78 locations in Illinois, Kentucky and Texas. The 2,563-square-foot wellness center will be located between Moda Aveda Salon and Spa and The Boardroom Salon for Men on Seventh Street. This will mark Chiro One’s 10th Metroplex location and is slated to open in the fourth quarter of this year.
Travis Ewert with Colliers International represented Chiro One Wellness Centers while Karly Kilroy of Cypress Equities represented the landlord.

Revving up in Grapevine
Automotive Rentals Inc. (ARI), a member of the Holman Auto Group with headquarters in Mount Laurel, N.J., has expanded its Grapevine operation. ARI recently leased an additional 10,830 square feet of office space at 2550 SW Grapevine Parkway. The growing fleet management services company now occupies more than 50,000 square feet of office space in the building, which is located near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. ARI, founded in 1948, has grown into one of the largest privately held vehicle fleet management services companies in the world with a workforce of more than 2,400. The Grapevine office opened in 2007 and has grown to more than 300 employees, with plans to add additional staff in the near term.
“We are delighted to have ARI continue to grow with us in Grapevine,” said Jim Poynter on behalf of the landlord, One Grapevine Parkway Ltd. “ARI started with less than half the building in 2007 and now leases the entire building from us. This long-term commitment to the building attests to ARI’s business success in this region and globally,” he 
The Offices @ Grapevine Parkway is a 50,406-square-foot, one-story office building near the “restaurant row” area of Grapevine at the intersections of Texas 114, 360, 121 and 26. Poynter represented the landlord and Steve Greenfield with ARI represented the tenant in the lease expansion negotiations. The building is owned, leased and managed by a Poynter Scifres Companies entity.

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