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Eat This: Noteworthy Dallas Restaurant Openings & Closings for November

 
Tacos Mariachi/Facebook

Tacos Mariachi/Facebook

There’s no denying that the restaurant world has a vicious streak of Darwinism about it. Restaurants that attempt to crawl out of the primordial ooze and walk on the land have just months to prove their worth or risk being passed over by faster, tastier spots. Likewise, an old-timer that shows a limp can quickly fall victim to capricious diners and lurking landlords.

If you need a microcosm of “attract eaters or be eaten” then you just need to look at Lowest Greenville where we see two closings and two openings in this month’s collection. Elsewhere, Stephan Pyles’ Stampede 66 said goodbye while John Tesar’s Knife opened a second location. How many of these openings will still be around in a year? Which institution will bow out come November 2019?

OPENINGS

What: Former Lockhart Smokehouse pitmaster Will Fleischman is bringing “redneck barbecue” to Greenville. St. Louis-style spare ribs, briskets, along with standard sides and canned brews await!

Where: 1916 Greenville Ave.

Photo: Louie King/Facebook

What: Now open in the former Victor Tangos spot, this upscale-comfort menu includes everything from flatbreads to steak tartare, served in a pop art-inspired interior.

Where: 3001 N Henderson Ave.

Photo: Felix Culpa/Facebook

What: John Tesar’s long-awaited second outpost of his critically acclaimed steakhouse is finally here. Diners can expect a new steakhouse staple in their dinner rotation, with steaks aged for upwards of 240 days. And for something a little lighter, there’s also Knife Burger and Knife Butcher Shop adjacent to the restaurant.

Where: 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano

Photo: Knife/Facebook

What: Chef Nico Sanchez is serving up chic, vacation-inspired plates in this open air Highland Park kitchen. Guests can expect rustic and elegant pairings, such as roasted beet with goat cheese, scallops with smoked potato puree and roasted beet, and baby back ribs with roasted pineapple salsa negra and sesame seeds.

Where: 4216 Oak Lawn Avenue

Photo: Tulum/Facebook

What: Popular Houston-based healthy fare is coming to The Hill, serving up its menu of salads, wraps, panini, burgers, tacos, and pizza. And those with dietary limits and restrictions, rejoice: the menu will be offering gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, Keto, paleo, and Whole 30-approved items.

Where: 8041 Walnut Hill Lane #810

When: November 8

Photo: Bellagreen/Facebook

What: After considerable acclaim from diners, critics and even Guy Fieri, Jesus Carmona will be opening a second Taco Mariachi location on Greenville. Don’t let the line out the door dissuade you from waiting; this Tijuana-style seafood fare is well worth the wait. Order the octopus taco and mole fries and thank us later.

Where: 2020 Greenville Avenue

When: Late November

Photo: Tacos Mariachi/Facebook

What: This third location of the fast-casual eatery will be offering a variety of handmade pizzas, salads, and pastas. Don’t miss out on the pizza cookie: a half-baked chocolate chip cookie dough base that’s topped with gelato.

Where: 7300 N. MacArthur Blvd., Las Colinas

Photo: Sauce Pizza & Wine/Facebook

WHERE TO EAT IN NOVEMBER

CLOSING

Uptown restaurant Stampede 66 closed its doors on October 13. The restaurant is expected to reopen in January inside a new Marriott hotel in Allen called Delta Hotels Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center.

After 48 years of picnics, carnival rides and school field trips, Sandy Lake Amusement Park has permanently closed its doors. Owners of the long running Carrollton amusement park announced in mid-October that the property had been sold, making the park no longer available for public use effective immediately.

Yucatan Taco Stand on Greenville Avenue has closed after three years in business. Co-owner Athena Navarro Hinkhouse calls it a "personal decision" to close the restaurant and focus on the more profitable Yucatan Taco Stands in Fort Worth and Houston, she says.

Shared commercial kitchen space Pilotworks closed it doors without warning in mid-October, due to “failing to raise the necessary capital to continue operations”. A similar concept in Fort Worth, Locavore, is jumping in to help stranded Pilotworks renters that lost their space.

After operating for 15 months at Sylvan Thirty, experimental ice cream parlor Betty Ringer Ice Cream has closed. Owner Stephen Smith says Betty Ringer may pop back up elsewhere in Dallas one day, or he may take it elsewhere.

Greenville Avenue Mexican restaurant Don Chingon has closed. Co-owner Shawn Rao told CultureMap that the building needed work and "ultimately we decided it was time to get out of that neighborhood."

(via Eater, Dallas Observer, Guide Live)