Carnival Barker's Is Too Punk For The Truck Yard, And Kansas City Style Barbecue Hits Dallas.

Welcome to The Spread, our weekly feature that aims to share all the area restaurant, food and beverage industry news that's fit to print. Except, this is the Internet, so space isn't a concern. Also: Good thing, because this is Dallas and this town always has breaking restaurant news going down like whoa.

While North Texas remains loyal to the barbecue styles native to the state, the Metroplex will soon get a taste of the Midwest with offerings from 18 & Vine. The venture, pioneered by husband and wife team, Matt and Kimi Dallman, aims to bring Kansas City style low and slow meats, with kitchen assistance from Scott Gottlich (Bijoux, The Second Floor). Though Texans can be fiercely loyal to their preferences, Matt Dallman is confident that the flavors of his native KC will translate over to Dallas taste buds.

“I think people always want variety,” says Dallman about bringing the regional style to the area. “We cook with a little different flavor set, combining spicy, sweet rubs and sauce. We use a blend of oak, hickory and fruit woods which really highlights different flavors in different meats — especially pork, chicken and turkey.”

The menu will feature the array of meats previously listed, including ribs and pulled pork, as well as brisket and the KC staple, burnt ends. “We'll feature them as often as possible,” Dallman says.

The restaurant will be located at 4100 Maple Avenue, across from Crow Holdings' Old Parkland business offices. Look for an opening this fall.

Meanwhile, DC-based pizza chainMatchbox will join the growing list of Dallas transplants. The menu focuses thicker versions of Neapolitan-style pies, as well as entrees like a smoked salmon BLT and black bean banh mi. The Preston Hollow Village location will be the first Texas outpost, and is slated to open sometime next year.

Moving on, and right on the heels of the news of a Dallas Shake Shack location, the burger slingers have announced their foray into the chicken sandwich business. All natural, antibiotic-free chicken breasts will be topped with lettuce, pickles and mayonnaise, and sold for less than $7. The initial rollout will be slow, with a limited availability at only three Brooklyn restaurants, but if the poultry proves to be popular, we can look out for a wider release.

Then, former Texan and Dallas Morning News writer Lesley Tellez is releasing a cookbook on Mexico City street food. The book, Eat Mexico, chronicles her adventures exploring authentic Mexican cuisine. To showcase the release, Tellez will be a part of the Dallas Tacography panel on Tuesday, July 14, at El Come Taco. She will also teach a cooking class at the Lovers Lane Central Market on July 15, at 6:30 p.m.

Over in East Dallas, Method Coffee has recently rolled out a new coffee flight. For those uncertain of what drink to choose, this option allows you to mix and match four drinks to “create an experience,” or to share.

On the sweeter side of things, Roomie's Ice Cream is bringing high-quality creations to the Dallas Farmers Market. Starting Thursday, July 9, dessert lovers can choose from options like honey vanilla, balsamic strawberry and Earl Grey tea, just to name a few. The price point will be reasonable, considering all the fresh and handmade ingredients, at $2 a scoop and $1 for a waffle cone.

After a popular run on Greenville Avenue, Carnival Barkers has lost its Truck Yard lease. But punk rock owner Aaron Barker is down, but not out, as his recently opened Oak Cliff location continues to draw business, and he plans to register his ice cream cart to roll through East Dallas, according to CraveDFW.

More closing news follows, as Bohemian Cafe closes down its brick and mortar space, returning to serving up kolaches at the Dallas Farmers Market. North Dallas staple The Dog Stop is shutting downafter 30 years, also due to an un-renewed lease. The Arapaho space will be open until the end of its lease in September. And fans of the Katy Trail Company Cafe will have to say goodbye to the Uptown location, as its last day is slated for August 11.

Finally, in craft beer news: BrewFest is coming to the DFM on September 12, with tickets on sale starting today.

Lake Highlands is getting a brewery through the support of locals, as Oak Highlands Brewery is set to open this month. A grand opening party will be held Saturday, July 18.

And up in Denton, East Side is hosting a Sweet and Sour event this Sunday, July 12. The bar will feature a bevy of sours, ciders and more that they've hoarded over time for your enjoyment. The event starts at 2 p.m.

Cover photo by Lauren Kuehmeier. Got a tip for The Spread? Email us!

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