Category: News

Who knew the best endorsement a downtown establishment could ask for would come from not the Dallas Cowboys but… Pittsburgh Steelers?  Pete’s, the dueling piano bar upstairs from The Library bar at 6th & Houston, has been mentioned by name by a myriad of sports networks and news websites due to a surprise visit and serenade by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Tuesday.


It is no surprise that one of the three songs in heavy rotation at Pete’s Piano Bar on Houston & 6th, Piano Man (the other two being Brown Eyed Girl and Tiny Dancer, of course), are making national headlines as TMZ has released cell-phone video footage of Ben Roethlisberger and a few of his offensive linemen — who, as the AFC team are staying in downtown Fort Worth for this weekend’s Super Bowl — drunkedly merrily singing the Billy Joel classic Tuesday night.  View the video here.


As a fitting end-cap to the cavalcade of national news coverage of Joel Burns’ now-legendary city council speech from last Tuesday, Burns’ husband JD Angle joined him via sattelite on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Chris O’Donnell. When asked if he was surprised by his fellow councilmembers’ supportive response to his speech, Burns had effectively conveyed Fort Worth’s unique character trait in our ability to hold civilized city council meetings unlike other cities who are well-known for their divisiveness.  View the clip here.


Straight from his appearance on NBC’s Today Show, Fort Worth District 9’s esteemed city councilman Joel Burns flew to Los Angeles to tape a segment for The Ellen Show on Tuesday.  During its airing on Wednesday afternoon, downtown’s Simply Fondue was kind enough to open their doors early for a crowd of constituents and downtown friends as they had the show on their screens.  You can view Burns’ Ellen appearance here.


From what is certainly the most-viewed Fort Worth City Council clip ever, Joel Burns appears on The Today Show and discusses with Matt Lauer his “It Gets Better” speech and how it’s skyrocketing to over a million views in under one week has spread the word about this campaign in unprecedented proportions.   The clip can be viewed here.

Our now world-famous city councilman has been all over the Internet, television and radio discussing his touching speech he made during last Tuesday’s city council meeting.  We have the audio posted here of  Mr. Burns’ interview with Melissa Glass from NPR’s All Things Considered.


District 9 City Councilman Joel Burns’ passionate speech during last Tuesday’s city council meeting has been viewed over 500,000 times in just one day, and been featured on, and scores of other news websites worldwide.  CNN aired an unprecedented thirteen minutes of Burns’ YouTube video before the live interview. Click here to view his interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN.Joel Burns on CNN

Every local news organization and some national ones have been crowded around 10th & Lamar all day hoping to catch a glimpse of Nolan Ryan, Mark Cuban and their respective legal teams as the battle for bidding rights to ownership of the Texas Rangers is carried out inside the Eldon Mahon Federal Courthouse. more

Mayor Mike Moncrief and Ed Bass before the press conferenceUnder the newly constructed and much-welcomed 8.0 patio shade screen, Mayor Mike Moncrief, Ed Bass, John Goff of Crescent Real Estate, and Stephanie Druley of ESPN announce the exciting news that downtown Fort Worth will host ESPN’s coveted broadcast center during the entire week leading up to Superbowl XLV.  The final seven minutes of the press-conference features Moncrief at his most passionate, more

ESPN Announces Downtown Fort Worth as venue for Superbowl Week Broadcast CenterStephanie Druley of ESPN, along with Mayor Mike Moncrief, Sundance Square founder and downtown visionary Ed Bass, and John Goff, CEO of Crescent Real Estate announced during a joint-press conference ESPN’s decision to have Downtown Fort Worth’s Sundance Square be their broadcast center during Superbowl Week of the upcoming Superbowl XLV. Full video of the 26 minute press-conference is posted here.