December conclusion on the opening and closing of restaurants
Another month has passed and around 30 restaurants have opened. While there have been whispers (and screams) about more on the way, we’ve rounded up the restaurants that are open now, along with a few first looks to let you know what to expect.
And as always, with good news comes sad news too. Observer Writer Doyle Rader spoke to Dominick Oliverie, owner of The Great American Hero, about his past four decades serving sandwiches in Dallas and why he’s shutting down. If you want one of their heroic heroes, be sure to stop by before they close in late December.
Another closure has struck near us: after 20 years in business, the Metropolitan Cafe, a downtown breakfast and lunch spot next to the Observer office, shop closed after Thanksgiving.
Deep Ellum also took some hard hits. The Anvil pub closed on Halloween after 11 years in business, leaving some of us without the loss of the iconic “F * ckbrunch”. Then, Braindead Brewing and its patio where everyone spends time closed the day after Thanksgiving.
It’s not like you can replace these kinds of local businesses, but Deep Ellum is trying. We checked out Pop Culture DTX (2812 Elm St.), a pop-up-themed revolving bar. The current theme called TGIF (it’s all about the ’80s and’ 90s) kicked off right after Thanksgiving.
Also in Deep Ellum, Electric Shuffle (2615 Elm St.) opened with 17 electric shuffleboard tables that allow up to 20 people to play at the same time. Alyssa High has covered the menu as well as brunch and happy hour packages that include shuffleboard, food and drink.
Angie Quebedeaux has written about the food, drink, and trippy bathrooms at Hawkers Asian Street Food (2800 Main St.), which is also in Deep Ellum. This spot is based in Orlando, and there are approximately 11 other restaurants across the country. They serve popular street food from China, Malaysia, and Thailand.
In the neighboring exhibition center, Tarantino’s Cicchetti Bar and Record Lounge (3611 Parry Ave.) is now open and serves cicchetti (small plates) and focaccina (small Italian sandwiches). This place is by longtime Dallas restaurateur Peter Tarantino, who previously owned a place of the same name in Deep Ellum. They have a full bar and showcase local art as well as a record-breaking seating area for their ever-spinning turntable.
The Sugar Factory (1900 Cedar Springs Road) opened in Uptown, an over-the-top liquor and sugar business with a strong social media vibe. If you want a flashy birthday party with a $ 100 ice cream sundae, this is a great option.
La Villa Azur offers a Franco-Mediterranean dinner and a great nighttime party atmosphere in Victory Park.
Nearby, Modest Rogers (3811 Fairmount St.) opened at Oak Lawn; it is much more modest but still worthy of interest. This place serves Venezuelan, Spanish and Mexican cuisine influenced by Modesto Rodriguez’s Texas, which many Dallas locals know from stints at Nonna and Carbone or his Mo’s Plancha pop-ups.
Zack Coutré, CFO of ARG Concepts, shared on his personal Facebook page that Wits Steakhouse has started a smooth little opening. Wits is the South African steakhouse replacing longtime Oak restaurant in the Design District. Reservations through Resy are only open until Saturday, but we expect regular times to be announced soon.
The restaurants on Lamar at the Omni Dallas downtown have two new restaurants – Pegasus Pizza and Hops and Hens. There can never be too much fried chicken (apparently), and at Hops and Hens it’s paired with local beer on the pressure and lawn games. Pegasus Pizza next door has Neapolitan style pizza and a full bar.
Also downtown, Parterre opened in the Santander Tower (formerly the Thanksgiving Tower) in the space that once housed the Ascension Cafe. For those who work or live downtown, Parterre is a must-see place for everything: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks.
We visited Casablanca at Bishop Arts (200 N. Bishop Ave.), the beautiful restaurant and bar with speakeasy karaoke in the back and a large luxurious patio in the front.
We also checked out the newly remodeled Garden Cafe (5310 Junius St.), a mainstay in East Dallas. The change includes a new bar with beer and wine. A new dinner menu includes beef cheek fries and a pepper-crusted flat-iron steak as well as a vegan alfredo with over-the-top owner Mark Wooton.
Lakewood Lawyer has the latest on Mayer’s Garden (2422 N. Henderson Ave.), which recently opened in the former Jake’s Burgers and Beer space. This is another vision that took a long time to materialize, and we look forward to giving you a first taste of their garden cocktails, beer, wine and casual cuisine.
The Koreatown district has a new cooking place, the Nuri Grill (2254 Royal Lane), run by two chefs who have moved from Korea to run the kitchen here. University Park has a new Italian restaurant, DL Mack’s (6501 Hillcrest Ave.).
In the suburbs, there is a new Greenville Avenue Pizza Company store in Richardson. This place has a full bar, and if you already like their “crack pizza” wait to try it on the edge of a Bloody Mary.
Also in Richardson, Michelle Pepping transformed Tasty Tails into Chelle’s Seafood. You’ll always find seafood here, but at Chelle’s it’s more east coast focused and includes a little Asian twist.
Garland recently got his own Harvey B’s (6850 N. Shiloh Road, Suite U), a longtime no-frills burger shop in Old East Dallas.
We recently visited Mad for Chicken in McKinney. This New York-based Korean fried chicken restaurant is growing rapidly in North Texas.
Desi District, one of Irving’s top Indian restaurants, has also opened a restaurant in McKinney. In Flower Mound, Sfereco (120 River Walk Drive) is now open on River Walk. Primo’s MX is now open as well, with more restaurants to follow in the coming months.
In Southlake, the modern Southern Restaurant Jellico opened at the Westin Southlake Hotel (1200 E. State Highway 114). Arlington has its own Bombshells and Grand Prairie has a new local cafe, Billy Joe Coffee Co. in the Farmers Market complex.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Chef Kenny Mills’ Original Chop House Burger will return to its original location, as seen on Dinners, drive-in and dives. Mills promises he’ll recreate the original and hopes to open this place early next year.