Dan Koller over on People Newspapers has photographic evidence that the Purple Cow is dead. There will be no more blue cheese burgers and purple milkshakes at Preston Royal Village, my friends. You’ll have to use your imagination from now on.Full Story
On Friday, February 28, Gianpiero Lorenzo and Dave Pedack were merely setting up chairs outside of their new cafe for a Facebook photo, when a flood of people stopped by and started enjoying the first fruits of their labor. Lorenzo, from Naples, and Pedack intended to open their brand-new sidewalk street cafe at 1520 Elm Street, aptly named Cafe Strada, quietly. But clearly that didn’t happen.
“We completely sold out of gelato!” Lorenzo tells me. On the very first day, the Euro-style cafe ran out of 20 gallons of house-made gelato. The pistachio, black cherry, and hazelnut mocha—all gone. Only a little bit of mango sorbet was left.Full Story
Chef Eddy Thretipthuangisin recently left PakPao for BITE, an upscale American restaurant, in Fort Worth. The restaurant is slated to open March 20, and it will begin taking reservations on Monday, March 10.Full Story
The Fish restaurant at 1001 W. Jefferson is (temporarily? permanently?) kaput. A loyal SideDisher (aka Bradford Pearson) took a photo of this sign from February 13 that says, “Friends, we are unable to reopen due to a maintenance issue. Please check our Facebook page for updates.”Full Story
Fort Worth is stepping up their game with hot new restaurants. Every week, this city is exploding with more and more dining options. Good. Now you’ve got an excuse to break your restaurant habit and try something new. Go fire up your engine and visit these 10 restaurants, listed from newest to oldest.Full Story
Rodeo Goat Ice House—the popular burger joint in Fort Worth owned by Keith Schlabs, Shannon Wynne, and his son—is making its move to Dallas. Specifically, the Design District. A second Rodeo Goat location will open at Market Center Boulevard, one block away from the Meddlesome Moth (another one of Wynne’s restaurants).Full Story
Four years ago, mother-and-daughter duo Anne Hoyt and Taylor Nicholson opened Unrefined Bakery on Buckner Boulevard with a huge leap of faith. They didn’t have any formal culinary training and used only word-of-mouth and grassroots marketing. Such efforts have proved fruitful, as the flagship bakery is now one of three locations, with new stores recently opening in the old Society Bakery spot on Greenville Avenue and in Frisco.Full Story
Hacienda on Henderson is closed. Yesterday, Teresa Gubbins detected something wrong with the fun Tex-Mex spot, which was still posting on its Facebook page on January 30. The five-year-old restaurant apparently shut down without notice over this past weekend.Full Story
Too many good things are happening at Village on the Green right now. At this shopping center adjacent to the Galleria Dallas, La Perla d’Italia (a restaurant with “authentic Italian cuisine from Maurizio Primo”) is opening at 5301 Alpha Road, Suite 66. It joins a slew of other ethnic cuisines over there, like Mughlai’s Indian, Pho House Euro-Vietnamese Bistro, and Maximo.Full Story
Scotty’s Elm Street Cafe is closing tonight after Ricki Derek performance.Full Story
CrushCraft, the new Thai eatery in Uptown, was scheduled to open today, but ran into some snags during mock service. Good thing they figured this out early! They announced the two-day delay via Facebook.Full Story
When the oil is hot at Pier 247 Seafood Grill & Bar, you want to be around.
The secret to this old gas station building at Davis and Madison—which opens for its first dinner tonight—is Pier 247′s two chefs, John Fleming and Ty Frazier, and a deep fryer. They love Cajun food, and they love to feed people.Full Story
Fess up. How many of you raised your kids on chicken nuggets? If you are still in the enabling process, you may want to check out PDQ, a chicken joint dedicated to high quality and homemade sauces.Full Story
Holy moly. We don’t know what exactly went down between Pakpao owners, Richard and Tiffanee Ellman, and Eddy Thretipthuangsin (the chef they lured all the way from Naples, FL) , but I have a feeling it has something to do with what just hit my inbox. The ex-execuchef of Pakpao in the Design District, who ended his relationship with the Thai restaurant he helped open, has already moved on to a different pasture. And it’s only been a month.Full Story
Back when we announced CrushCraft Thai’s January opening at 2800 Routh Street, we were excited about the idea of casual street food going into Uptown. (Uptown! Of all places.) Now that CrushCraft Thai is built, it’s settling nicely inside its Quadrangle nest. The interior, designed by Jones Baker, is designed to have an “open-air market feel” to the space.Full Story
David Rice, a man who’s been working in the restaurant business for 15 years, has always fantasized having his own Italian restaurant with an indoor bocce court.
“At our family gatherings, we always ended up playing bocce,” says Rice. “To me it means, friends, family, and tradition.”
His dream of having a bocce team comprised of staff and customers is bound to become a reality; but for now, the bocce court idea is still a work-in-progress. Rice is still waiting for circumstances to pan out before that portion of the plan is realized. Meanwhile, Rice and his mom, Donna, have the Italian food part down.Full Story
This March, the first Nespresso Boutique in Texas is slated to open inside NorthPark mall. The Nespresso team was kind enough to share some of the artist renderings of the place, which looks sorta like a hybrid cafe and store.Full Story
Back in June 2013, a fire destroyed Luna’s Tortilla Factory, a family-owned restaurant that opened in 1924. Plans for a new Luna’s Tortilla Factory, though, have been underway for quite some time.
Luna’s Tortilla Factory’s first location was at McKinney Avenue, and Harry Hines is where Luna’s Tortillas made its second home. Next door, Restaurante Luna’s, which opened in 2011, has kept the tortilla show going, despite the rubble that now takes the place of the 90-year-old business. In the restaurant world, that kind of longevity is unheard of.Full Story
For a long time, a mysterious sign for Potato Flats hovered above (what I can only guess are) floor plans and construction materials inside an empty space at Trinity Groves, the West Dallas restaurant incubator. Nobody said a peep about the restaurant. Nobody knew the specifics of what Potato Flats had in store for West Dallas until now.Full Story
I first heard on Cravedfw that ACME Social Club, the clearly-trying-to-survive restaurant, finally puttered out after a long, breathless run. The space on McKinney Avenue first started as a joint venture between Good 2 Go girls (Colleen O’Hare and Jeana Johnson) and the Barcadia ladies (Brooke Humphries and Brianna Larson). It started out as a pretty cool concept. Centered around a meat allocation program and real farm-to-table food, ACME F&B (its original name) had good things going for it. But then there was a shakeup, and a lot of crazy things happened at once. Norman Grimm was appointed the new executive chef, the Barcadia ladies bought out the Good 2 Go girls, and then it kinda went downhill from there.Full Story