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Eat This: Noteworthy Dallas Restaurant Openings & Closings

 

Maple Street Biscuit Company/Facebook

 

Due to the dog days of summer, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with staying indoors until fall arrives. And thankfully there are plenty of recently-opened DFW eateries that offer up a break from the heat (or at least a bit of patio shade) with unique menu offerings and eye-catching interiors.

Here are a few recently opened Dallas/Fort Worth area restaurants that are getting major buzz, along with some highly-anticipated openings that you should mark in your calendar.

OPENINGS

Billy Can Can

Who: Tristan Simon’s hospitality group Rebees
What: Chef Matt Ford’s menu (formerly of CBD Provisions and Americano) features roasted Gulf snapper and hot-chicken fried quail, along with an epic tomahawk steak for two.
Where: 2386 Victory Park Lane

Photo: Billy Can Can/Facebook

CrushCraft Thai Frisco

Who: Jack Nuchkasem and Chef Paul Singhapong
What: This fast-casual restaurant offers up a refined (and affordable) menu with entrees ranging from $7-10. Hopefully, it will be up to Guy Fieri's standards.

Photo: crushcraftthai.com

Fish & Fizz

Who: Husband-and-wife Nick and Kelli Barclay
What: Diners can expect British specialties such bubble & squeak and Cornish pasty in two versions: traditional filled with meat and vegetables, and a veggie pasty with cheese, onion, and potato. 
Where: 400 N. Coit Rd. #1908

Photo: Fish & Fizz/Facebook

Imoto Dallas

Who: Kent and Tracy Rathbun
What: Head chef Jennifer Newbold’s menu offers classic sushi and non-sushi options such as Korean fried chicken and Vietnamese duck spring rolls. 
Where: 2400 Victory Park Ln. 

Photo: Imoto Dallas/Facebook

Ka-Tip

Who: George and YuYee Kaiho
What: Specializing in insanely flavorful Thai food, this street-level space utilizes their childhood recipes with ingredients that are near-impossible to find in North Texas. 
Where: Dallas Farmers Market

Photo: Ka-Tip/Facebook

Macellaio

Who: David and Jennifer Uygur
What: Prepare yourself for seasonal dishes from Italy and Spain at Lucia's new sister-restaurant. Go in with an adventurous palette — they specialize in salumi and unusual items such as duck tongues. 
Where: 287 N. Bishop Ave. 

Photo: Macellaio/Facebook

Mama Tried

Who: Brooke Humphries (Beauty Bar, Barcadia)
What: This honky tonk/restaurant (and occasional music venue) features a menu by Roe DiLeo of fried catfish, chile-rubbed turkey leg, shrimp & grits, CFS, a pimento sandwich, nachos, a pretzel and meat board, and a popcorn "flight." 
Where: 215 Henry St. 

Photo: Mama Tried/Facebook

Maple Street Biscuit Company (Frisco)

Who: Scott Moore and Gus Evans
What: With 29 locations across the country, MSBC is definitely doing something right with their comfort food with quality ingredients. Menu items range from fluffy biscuit sandwiches to savory dessert-inspired treats. 
Where: 3288 Main St. in Frisco

Photo: Maple Street Biscuit Company/Facebook

r&b

Who: Angela Hernandez
What: This Japanese ramen and bao house features four ramen bowls and seven takes on the bao, the Chinese steamed bun filled with meat and/or vegetables. Head over to the Statler for a late dinner and try the Cheesebao-ger with onion jam, American cheese and bread & butter pickles.
Where: The ground floor of The Statler Hotel

Photo: r&b/Instagram

Vidorra

Who: Milkshake Concepts, the restaurant group behind Deep Ellum’s Stirr and Uptown’s Citizen
What: With premium Mexican cuisine and skyline views, get ready for this to be your new Deep Ellum date night spot. The menu includes options like pan-seared red snapper served with orzo and cactus salad. And no need to arrive hungry — the bar menu boasts almost 50 tequila offerings and a dozen mezcals.
Where: 2642 Main Street

Photo: Vidorra/Facebook

Cauldron Ice Cream

Who: Masaish LLC
What: Prepare your Instagram feeds now — this made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream menu (available in traditional or rose petal scoops) includes a unique offering of everything from Milk & Cereal to H2O Rose. 
Where: 3001 Knox St., #103
When: Sometime this fall

Photo: @cosmicleanna/Instagram

Circo

Who: Chef Alfio Longo, who has been with the original Circo since 1996
What: Diners can expect an over-the-top menu consisting of Italian dishes, six offerings of tartare, and their famous creme brulee. 
Where: 2619 McKinney Avenue
When: Start planning your date night now — Cirque begins taking reservations on September 13 via Tock.

Photo: Circo/Instagram

Felix Culpa

Who: SBBC, the hospitality group whose other concepts include Truth & Alibi, Punk Society, and The Tipsy Alchemist
What: The menu, devised by Chef Rodman Shields, includes shared plates/appetizers such as ahi tuna tostadas with honey-lime ponzu, fritto misto, and calamari along with almond-crusted prawns.
Where: 3001 Henderson Ave.
When: Late September

Photo: felixculpadallas.com

Snooze: an AM Eatery

Who: Brothers Jon and Adam Schlegel
What: This beloved brunch chain offers up pancake flights, breakfast sandwiches, and classic egg dishes, along with breakfast tacos and avocado toast. Thirsty patrons can also opt for local brews on tap, the house sparkling wine, a range of coffee drinks, and the ultimate brunch beverage: Bloody Marys. 
Where: 8041 Walnut Hill Lane
When: Diners can begin making plans for brunch dates on September 26.

Photo: Snooze/Facebook

WHERE TO EAT IN SEPTEMBER

CLOSINGS

Addison is currently mourning a longtime breakfast spot. After 15 years of serving up healthy breakfasts and delicious pancakes, Dream Cafe permanently closed on August 12. 

While the restaurant offerings at Knox-Henderson are always changing, this one was definitely a surprise. Mesero, the Mex/Tex-Mex chain founded by Mico Rodriquez, closed its Henderson location on August 19 due to leasing issues. 

After less than a year, Trinity Groves’ traditional Spanish tapas bar Tapas Castile closed its doors on August 25. In a release, owner Phil Romano said that the restaurant wasn't doing sufficient business. "In spite of the positive reviews of the food and wine program at Tapas Castile, the restaurant has not performed well enough for us financially to continue with the concept," Romano said. 

More bad news from the Knox Street Original Wild About Harry's. In addition to the original location’s closure in April, the quirky custard and hot dog shop has closed its outlet at 111 S. Hall St. in Deep Ellum due to leasing issues. According to Culturemap, a spokesperson stated that the shop was sad about the closure and would "miss the friendly Deep Ellum community."

Due to the construction of a new office building, Knox Street’s beloved Highland Park Pharmacy will be permanently closed for business. Be sure to pop in and pay tribute on or before the doors close on September 9. 

(via Eater and Culturemap)