Macarons Get Their Own Bishop Arts Shop, The Meridian Room Closes and John Tesar Kinda Teases Fork.
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Anyone with a craving for the highly Instagram-able sweets better known as macarons will soon be able to head to Bishop Arts for the opening of Joy Macarons and get their fix. The space opening at 839 West Davis Street is one of the first in the area to be dedicated entirely to the French sweet — a concept inspired by owner Liz Lanier's time in Los Angeles, and her cravings for them when she moved back to the area.
“I have always enjoyed baking and have been making macarons for the last four years,” says Lanier about her sweet-peddler beginnings. “I started selling them with support from family and friends, and the business took off. Now it's time for Dallas to have a macarons shop!”
The cookies at Joy Macarons are all gluten-free, made with homemade ganaches, buttercreams and jams. The store will sell the flavors currently available on Lanier's website, as well as additional seasonal flavors. The space will also sell coffee and tea from the neighboring Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters and Zakti Tea, as well as Inspired Brews kombucha. Close proximity to Emporium Pies means anyone who missed out on that pie-crafting team's limited macaron and pie pairings can experiment for themselves.
On the more savory side of things, chef John Tesar has announced plans to open a third restaurant in Dallas. With no specific name or location at this point, it remains to be seen whether we'll see the addition of a “Fork” to his utensil-themed run of restaurants that already includes Spoon and Knife. We do know this, though: Tesar plans include an authentic Italian restaurant with a menu of handmade pastas available at “approachable” prices. It's slated to open sometime in 2015.
Meanwhile, coffeehouse and wine bar Ascension is opening a second location in Uptown — this one with a more Eurocentric theme. The new outpost will boast a 50-percent-larger space than the Design District location, featuring the same coffees, but a wider wine selection, plus full-service breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Meanwhile, just next to Ascension's OG home, the Meddlesome Moth is getting a menu makeover from its new chef, Robbie Lewis (Texas Spice). The changes made will take place over the next few months, with new dishes that include a braised pig's feet stuffed with ground pork.
If hooves aren't really your thing, then head up to Trinity Groves for the return of LUCK's torta de lengua. The popular braised beef tongue dish is served with habanero pumpkin seed spread, onions and cilantro on a telera bun.
Meanwhile, a couple of new restaurants are coming to Highland Park Village, breathing new life into the former Toko V and Village Kitchen spaces. The downstairs space will be home to K.T. Burger — a sort of Shake Shack knockoff — while the upstairs will go to a neighborhood tavern and Neapolitan pizza joint called 5 Creeks Tavern. Both restaurants are slated to open in the beginning months of 2015.
In sadder news, Expo Park's Meridian Room officially closed its doors earlier this week. No details have been released in regards to the “closed until further notice” sign posted on the door, but we're crying in our beers just the same.
In brew news: The Dallas Mavericks join the list of things that we never knew needed a beer pairing with Yahoo! deciding that Franconia Brewing Co.'s Koelsch is the beer that goes best with the team. Yahoo!'s reasoning behind the pairing is that the beer celebrates the German heritage of both Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki and Franconia's brewmaster, Dennis Wehrmann , who hails from Nürnberg, Germany.
In more usable news, you can head to The Common Table tonight for the Braindead Brewing meet-and-greet as part of tonight's NTX Beer Week happenings. The free event allows people to meet the crew responsible for Deep Ellum's soon-to-open first brewpub, as well as the chance to get a Printed Threads shirt made on the spot.
You can also join Grapevine Brewing Co. during its first-year anniversary party later this month, where they'll have a selection of 10 beers, including two special casks and a tapping of Sir William's English Brown Ale, in addition of live screen-printing from Pan Ector and other festivities. The event takes place on Thursday, November 20 at Chill Bar Grapevine.
Lastly, fans of Deep Ellum Brewing Co.'s Oak Cliff Coffee Ale can look out for cans of the brew at retail locations throughout Dallas this week. In the meantime, you can join the guys at DEBC as they celebrate their brewery's third anniversary this Saturday, November 8. The cost of admission will get you a logo pint glass with three beers, special brews and tappings all day, plus live music and more. The event takes place from noon to 10 p.m.
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