The singer-chef’s Singing Chef Cafe will add spinoff to Fort Worth

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Drummer Sammy Fox runs the Singing Chef Cafe and leads a band of the same name.

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The popular “Singing Boss” is so busy that he wanted to move to a bigger restaurant.

But Everman and Forest Hill wouldn’t let him go.

“The community went crazy and said, ‘You have to stay here!’ ” Sammy Fox said. He is chef by day, drummer and night conductor and neighborhood, offering homemade cuisine at Singing chef’s cafe8000 Wichita St.

After dinner is over, he performs in nightclubs as Singing leader.

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Drummer Sammy Fox runs the Singing Chef Cafe and leads a band of the same name. kennedy bud [email protected]

Last weekend, he was serving pork chops with grilled peaches, thinking about a later nightclub show in Arlington and his new spinoff project in Fort Worth.

Instead of moving, Fox will expand. He said he took over the downtown kitchen of Red Goose Saloon, 306 Houston St. near Sundance Square.

He plans to serve slices of gourmet mac and cheese and pizza on Red Goose music shows. The name of the menu: Big Mo’s Macaroni & Slice.

“It seems like a good way to branch out,” Fox said.

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Grilled peaches over pork chops at the Singing Chef Cafe. Courtesy picture

“I’m just trying to do everything I can to get out of it.”

Few restaurateurs do more.

He moved to southeast Fort Worth after making the Singing Chef one of Temple’s most popular food trucks.

When the truck burned in a kitchen fire in 2017, it was the main article on Waco-Temple TV news.

He has helped investors open grill and bar restaurants in the San Antonio, Temple and Burleson.

When he came to the Everman area last fall and opened the Singing Chef Cafe in a strip mall, he quickly made a name for himself for the “Donut Burger,” half a pound between two donuts in Candied bacon and honey-Tabasco.

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Shrimp Jambalya at Singing Chef Cafe. Courtesy picture

There’s a Cap’n Crunch fried chicken basket, cheese steaks, and Cajun seafood and pasta plates, including fried alligator.

It’s like soul food meets cowboy food.

(Fox’s music is the same, he says – “Everything from Gary Stewart to Snoop Dogg.” He grew up as a young star drummer for Drum Corps International and later fronted a Temple band, Binge. he directed Sammy Fox and the Intervention.)

The Singing Chef is open for lunch and dinner early weekdays and Saturdays, closing early enough for Fox’s band to head to a club gig; 682-707-9339, thesingingchefcafe.com.

This story was originally published July 18, 2022 at 5:45 a.m.

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a guy from Fort Worth who covered high school football at age 16 and went on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 18 sessions of the Texas Legislative Assembly. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,800 “Eats Beat” columns about Texas restaurants, eateries and cuisine.

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