September 17, 2020 — Formerly called the Kimbell Buffet, the beloved Kimbell Café is once again serving patrons delicious fare in the beautiful setting of the Louis I. Kahn Building at the Kimbell Art Museum.

Visitors can expect to see the same classics offered in the past for lunch, with the addition of new recipes for soups, quiches and salads prepared by Executive Chef Peter Kreidler. Deviating from buffet-style for the foreseeable future, the café entices guests with a box lunch with two different size offerings. Choices include a weekly rotating selection of soups, a half sandwich, chicken salad or a slice of quiche, priced at $12.50 for a one-item box and $14 for a two-item box. Both box-lunch options will also include a green salad, fruit cup, beverage and cookie.

Sack lunches, beverages and desserts will be available from 2–4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Sack lunches will contain a choice of either a sandwich or a scoop of chicken salad or pimento cheese with crackers for $12. All sack lunches will also include a bag of chips, fruit cup, bottled water and cookie.

For the safety of all visitors, tables are appropriately spaced and sanitized after every use. Larger tables have limited seating capacity, and the courtyard is open to all who prefer to dine outside.

Kimbell Café hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. for lunch and 2–4 p.m. for sack lunches, beverages and desserts, and Fridays and Sundays, noon–2 p.m. for lunch and 2–4 p.m. for sack lunches, beverages and desserts. The museum is closed Mondays. Friday dinner service is suspended until further notice.

The Renzo Piano Pavilion, including the Piano Café, remains temporarily closed.

Queen Nefertari’s Egypt Happy Hour
Patrons attending the upcoming special exhibition Queen Nefertari’s Egypt may enjoy scrumptious hors d'oeuvres and wine specials in the Kahn Kimbell Café after they explore the majesty and brilliance of royal women during the height of ancient Egyptian civilization on Friday evenings from 4–7 p.m.

About the Kimbell Art Museum
The Kimbell Art Museum, owned and operated by the Kimbell Art Foundation, is internationally renowned for both its collections and its architecture. The Kimbell’s collections range in period from antiquity to the 20th century and include European masterpieces by artists such as Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, Velázquez, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso and Matisse; important collections of Egyptian and classical antiquities; and the art of Asia, Africa and the Ancient Americas.

The museum’s 1972 building, designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn, is widely regarded as one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era. A second building, designed by world-renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, opened in 2013 and now provides space for special exhibitions, dedicated classrooms and a 289-seat auditorium with excellent acoustics for music. For more information, visit

Admission to the museum’s permanent collection is always free. Museum hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fridays, noon–8 p.m.; Sundays, noon–5 p.m.; closed Mondays. For general information, call 817-332-8451.

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