A fun new sports bar in Bedford gives mid-size towns a drink

Like any town, Bedford could use more bars, so let’s welcome Central office bar and kitchen, a new sports bar and restaurant that opened in March in a cozy location at 2208 Central Dr. where they serve all your bar essentials and more. Cold beer, cocktails, food, and a fun atmosphere are always on the “order of the day,” they say, because of this office theme, get it.

The location has good karma: for several years it was home to Ted E’s Kitchen, a popular restaurant and deli that had been in the space since 2015 but closed during the pandemic; before that it was an Asian restaurant called Fortune Star Buffet.

Enough about the past, because it’s the present where you can relax on the Central Office’s outdoor terrace or enjoy their multiple entertainment options inside. These include sports on television, with a 120 inch showing all the balls: basketball and football and other balls.

They also have pool tables, darts and karaoke, as well as some interesting games such as their TouchTunes jukebox and two Lane Master bowling games. On Mondays, they do Trivia Night, and the one on April 18 is sponsored by the trendy Eight Elite Lager, former Dallas Cowboys Troy Aikman’s tasty 90-calorie beer.

The interior has a welcome “clean” feel with a brick wall that actually gives off an office vibe. The bar itself is bathed in blue light and there are several neon signs on the walls.

The menu includes burgers, a chicken quesadilla, and spicy, crispy, chicken-wrapped chicken sandwiches. Plus wings with a choice of 10 sauces, plus chicken fillets and even vegan fillets. These guys know what’s going on.

Fun dishes to share include mini corn dogs, loaded nachos, loaded fries, jalapenos, fried pickles, and an interesting twist on popcorn chicken in which the chicken is shaped like tater tots, put some one in your mouth, boom. There are also three salads, which is a noble effort. Snaps for salads. Everything is under $10.

The bartenders are friendly and they have what they boldly describe as the best happy hour in town, the one that runs from 12pm to 7pm and includes drink specials every day, not just weekdays.

Central Office is actually a spin-off from another successful downtown bar on the border of Fort Worth and Euless called Office on the Trinity, also office-themed, get it, which specializes in a great selection of snaps. Owner Tim Parini is an Eless native who previously worked in the wine and spirits industry.

“I’ve been in the bar industry for 10 years – before that I was in the corporate world,” he says. “I grew up in this part of town and wanted to provide a place where locals could hang out and eat and drink for a good price.”

Mission accomplished.

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