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Eat This: Noteworthy Dallas Restaurant Openings & Closings for October

Nori Handroll Bar/Facebook

Nori Handroll Bar/Facebook


Fall has arrived and football/pumpkin spice season is here. But before you dash off to the State Fair to eat your way through this year’s menu or head to your usual Cowboys-watching location for the same old-same old, be sure to check out the latest in who’s closing in DFW, the newest culinary spots, and what’s right around the corner.


What: This California burger chain known for its 50/50 bacon and beef burgers is opening a second location, joining the first location on Greenville Avenue. Diners can expect West Coast-style burger offerings and an extensive list of regional craft beers.
Where: 11661 Preston Road
When: Early October

Photo: Slater’s 50/50/Facebook

Who: Mark Lee and Jimmy Park, the former Nobu chef who helped open Pok the Raw Bar at the West Village
What: Diners can select from 12 fixed temaki-style sushi (hand rolls), plus special items that Park will offer, based on seasonal availability. The ingredients are flown in from the Tsukiji market in Tokyo weekly with a 30- to 48-hour turnaround, so expect some serious quality.
Where: 2814 Elm Street
When: After a successful soft opening September 28-29, Nori is now open to the public 5 PM until 11 PM.

Photo: Nori Handroll Bar/Facebook

What: Choose between 26 different “popbars” at a time, including vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free options. There’s even a gelato and chocolate cookie sandwich on a stick — and a gelato shake, setting aside the stick entirely.
Where: 2420 Victory Park Lane

Photo: Popbar/Facebook

Who: Apheleia Restaurant Group, behind Oak, Pakpao Thai, El Bolero and Royale Burgers
What: Now open for breakfast, lunch, dinner AND brunch on weekends, expect a globally-inspired menu at this quirky new American eatery. And perfect for solo dining adventures or groups, menu items are identified as "selfless" (shareable for a group) and "selfish" (portioned for one person).
Where: 4040 Maple Avenue

Photo: Merchant House/Instagram

Who: Hunter Pond and Kyle Brooks, founders of the popular, East Hampton Sandwich Co, in partnership with M Crowd Restaurant Group (Mi Cocina, The Mercury)
What: Diners can expect fresh shucked oysters, seafood towers, sandwiches, burgers and cocktails at this East Coast-inspired eatery.
Where: 4933 Beltline Road in Addison

Photo: Hudson House/Facebook

Who: Dallas-based Stock In Trade Restaurant Group
What: This healthy fast-casual spot is serving up wraps, salads and fresh seasonal items daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Where: 6632 Snider Plaza
When: This fourth North Texas location opened to the public on September 19.

Photo: Unleavened Fresh Kitchen/Facebook

Who: Frisco-based 33 Restaurant Group
What: The “farmhouse chic” eatery in the heart of McKinney offers classic backyard grub (think beer cheese dips and chicken wings) for friends and family in one of McKinney’s most historic homes. Be sure and check out the cocktail menu — the Perl Frosé is a must.
Where: 107 S. Church Street in McKinney

Photo: The Yard/Facebook

Who: Ink Masters tattoo artist Oliver Peck
What: This vegan eatery offers a menu of juices, smoothies, and shaved ice with food, beer, and wine items to roll out soon.
Where: 2639 Elm Street

Photo: Tiki Loco/Facebook

What: This Rhode Island-based cafe carries the mission to provide employment opportunities for people with special needs. Diners can expect delicious sandwich offerings and classic breakfast dishes.
Where: 1868 Sylvan Avenue
When: A grand opening is currently planned for mid-October.

Photo: Shayna’s Place/Instagram

What: Los Angeles-based Neapolitan pizza eatery MidiCi (meaning “tell me” in Italian), is expanding in DFW with a second location at Preston Hollow Village. Expect airy thin-crust pizzas in wood-fired ovens with delicious garnishes in a laid-back neighborhood atmosphere.
Where: 7825 Firefall Way, Suite 180
When: Early October

Photo: MidiCi/Facebook

What: This Japanese bakery offers delicious pastries wrapped in pie crust, then filled with custard or ice cream and glazed. The puffs are available in flavors like matcha, chocolate, strawberry, and honey-butter.
Where: 2301 North Central Expressway in Plano
When: Mid-October

Photo: Beard Papa’s/Facebook

What: This Philadelphia-based chain will be serving up soft pretzel bites, cinnamon twists, pretzel-wrapped hot dogs, and pepperoni pretzel melts at the store, along with ice cream and frozen lemonade.
Where: 5601 W. Lovers Lane, Suite #130
When: Mid-to-late October

Photo: Philly Pretzel Factory/Facebook



The tiny, tongue-in-cheek Oak Cliff Internet Cafe 2 has closed. This side project from Emporium Pies offered coffee and delicious “sugar rectangles” (think A+ homemade Pop Tarts) before quietly closing last month. Not long after IC2 shuttered, Emporium launched a new "π  Scream Truck" serving pie and ice cream combos like buttermilk chess and chocolate hazelnut swirl pie with strawberry ice cream.

About nine months after opening in Uptown, clubby Italian restaurant Pazzo has closed. Pazzo’s social media accounts have been deleted from Instagram and Facebook, and its owners have not yet issued a statement on the restaurant’s closure.

Baker's Ribs announced late last month on Facebook that they're shuttering the Deep Ellum location and moving the operation to their Northwest Highway location.

Max’s Wine Dive has officially departed DFW. The restaurant shuttered its Fort Worth location, just about a year after the Dallas location in Uptown’s West Village closed. The Houston-based chain still operates locations in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Denver, but apparently Dallas-Fort Worth had grown tired of the chain’s fried chicken and Champagne.

(via Fort Worth Star Telegram, Eater, Dallas Observer, and CultureMap)