The newly launched childhood-obesity-fighting program, Snack It Up, is trying to change the way kids eat in Dallas. I just tucked down a Jack-in-the-Box waffle breakfast sandwich, so this DBJ article is really guilt-tripping me. But kudos to this initiative. It seeks to connect out-of-school programs with grocery stores that’ll provide fresh fruits and veggies to kids after school. Kroger has already signed up.Full Story
Consilient Hospitality has just announced that AF+B is ready for the public on Friday, January 10. Exciting! That means two of our six most anticipated restaurant openings of 2014 already have some eating action going on. (The Blind Butcher opened super softly two nights ago.) What can we say? DFW loves to feast. Resolutions to be skinny be damned.Full Story
Two hours ago, when I stepped foot inside Restaurant Vagabond, the building still had a huge J. Pepe’s sign hanging over its front door, dusty floors, and a messy interior that will magically transform into a music venue/restaurant/bar within the next 24 hours. Why? Tomorrow, the restaurant—set to open officially by the end of January—is hosting legendary Texas singers Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, and Terry Allen for two shows. (They’re only selling tickets to the second show at 10 p.m., though.) These are all friends of the owner John Kenyon, a man who’s been in the food business on Greenville Avenue since 1980. Think of him what you will, but he is undoubtedly the King on Restaurant Reinvention.Full Story
It’s sad to say goodbye to 2013. ‘Twas a good year in Dallas dining.
We picked Dallas’ 100 best restaurants, our 10 favorite new restaurants, and almost made Nancy work to death. I think she was sick for a good two or three months after those issues came out.
Well, it’s a new year. Cheers to good health, fewer doctors visits, and more reasons to eat out. Here are six of them, in case you couldn’t tell by the title of this post. We’re pretty excited about these restaurants openings in 2014.Full Story
Chino Chinatown, the culinary vision of chef Uno Immanivong and Adrian Verdin, hosted a preview dinner last night. They open at Trinity Groves today. Warning: fusion food porn.Full Story
John Tesar is talking about opening a steak restaurant in Dallas. He’s got it all planned. It will be different. It will be chef-driven. I will be located centrally in the 214.Full Story
One Arts Plaza takes another hit. Lombardi Family Concepts has called it quits for Cafe des Artistes.Full Story
Bonchon, the much-anticipated Korean chicken wing spot on Greenville opened on December 10 and closed a week later. They didn’t anticipate such a crush of business. What’s the big deal?Full Story
Primo’s, the popular Tex-Mex spot on McKinney, closed abruptly on Saturday. Employees showed up and found a sign on the door noting the restaurant was closed and thanking the patrons for 28 years patio fun and margaritas. The plot thickens.Full Story
Restaurant numero eight is officially being hatched at Trinity Groves, the restaurant incubator, tomorrow. AmberJax Fish Market Grille opens December 21, right off the hot tails of Chino Chinatown, Uno Immanivong’s Latin-Asian fusion concept. TG’s first seafood place at 3011 Gulden Lane, Suite 107, is a place where you can call in your orders and pick them up.Full Story
Kitchen LTO at Trinity Groves will host an event on Sunday, January 5th, 2014, to debut its chef and designer finalists for its second permanent pop-up restaurant rotation. We have the inside scoop.Full Story
Back in October, City of Ate reported that Origin Natural Food (4438 McKinney Avenue, Suite 150) was closing down its takeaway-food-and-coffee program, changing things up, and re-opening as a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Well, today is the big day.Full Story
Shannon Wynne’s new concept, Bird Cafe, will open Wednesday in Sundance Square in Fort Worth. The menu is similar to the one at Meddlesome Moth.Full Story
Napa Valley’s loss is Dallas’ gain.
Word on the street says there’s a new restaurant for late-night dining on Henderson. Dynamic duo Alison Yoder and Stephen Rogers have moved to the South, and they’re bringing their fine taste with them. Sure, we love Velvet Taco at 2 a.m., but now all you night owls have a new option. Gemma Restaurant, an intimate little place with 55 seats inside (there is patio seating outside, too), is the Napa Valley couple’s newcomer with an American seasonal menu.Full Story
BonChon Chicken, the famous franchise based in South Korea, has been (officially) open a total of two days on 5500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 1300, and I’m fairly certain 75% of everyone I know has already been there. It’s a slight exaggeration, but still.Full Story
Henderson Tap House, “a full-service sports bar,” will open in January. It’s a full-service sports bar with a strict dress code. Really? No jerseys unless it’s game day? Sign says, “If you entered before 9pm and are out of dress code you may be asked to leave.” Interesting for a spot with an “I’d tap that” tagline.Full Story
Chip’s Old Fashioned Burgers opens a new location in East Dallas.Full Story
BonChon, a place for Korean fried chicken, is open on Greenville Avenue. Take note: It was packed like sardines last night.Full Story
Pearl Cup has announced that it will be closing its flagship location on Henderson.
“It’s a sad day when you have to announce the closing of your first coffee shop location. We opened Pearl Cup Coffee when Henderson Avenue didn’t have much to offer other than a handful of bars. We had a hand in building the Dallas coffee culture to what it is today, and we are quite proud of that feat, but the incredibly high rents are simply not sustainable for a true coffee shop… We are very disappointed that we were unsuccessful at negotiating an affordable rent structure and that we will no longer be a part of this neighborhood.”Full Story
This morning I bring you good news from Oak Cliff. The former red-roofed taqueria at the corner of Bishop Avenue and Davis Street—once home to El Padrino until last winter—won’t be bulldozed like we expected. Previously, observers speculated the taco shop would disappear after the Lombardi group withdrew its interest in the site. In May, we found out that Sarah Lombardi decided not to go forward with her plans to open a frozen custard and hot dog place with the land she leased.Full Story