Pecan Lodge Makes Thanksgiving Easy And East Hampton Sandwich Co. Puts It On A Bun.

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.

We can always count on bowling alleys as a reliable form of entertainment for group outings, a casual date night or just a fun, leisurely activity.

With some notable exceptions, the same can't always be said about bowling alley food. Braving snack counter dens that are often plagued with generations of secondhand smoke can either leave you with semi-pleasant memories of greasy favorites or even have you swearing off all things processed cheese for life, god forbid.

Joking aside, though, not all bowling alley food is reminiscent of some science experience gone wrong. With bowling alleys starting to go the way of the upscale movie theater chains like Studio Movie Grill, West Plano is now set to join the ranks of those now foodie-minded entertainment multiplexes across the region with its newest venture, one that's appropriately being called PinStack.

The entertainment complex, opening in the space at Windhaven Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway is expected to house a full-service restaurant in conjunction with 28 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, as well as a full bar, private dining and private bowling. There will be a chef in house whipping up regional and local cuisine, according to representatives from PinStack, but no one has been confirmed for that role, nor has the menu been chosen. The venue will also feature things like a rock climbing wall, video games and other things you'd expect from a business of this sort. Look for construction to wrap up around the beginning of next year.

Elsewhere, and with Thanksgiving on the horizon, Pecan Lodge is coming through with smoked meat options to change up your holiday dinner options. If you're willing to spend a little more than your standard grocery store pick-up, you can order a whole smoked turkey with a pomegranate-molasses glaze, spiral cut ham, whole brisket and more. Orders will be taken here until November 20, for pick up on the 26th.

If you can't wait for the holiday to get your fix, you can head over to East Hampton Sandwich Co. for its seasonal sandwich — holiday turkey and leftovers. This take on the remains of the holiday meal includes herb-roasted turkey breast, greens and crispy onions topped with a black cherry compote and a fresh sage aioli for the tastes of Thanksgiving in a convenient, hand-held package.

Fresh food junkies, meanwhile, can look forward to the opening of another store to add to their rounds, as The Fresh Market is coming to Arboretum Village in East Dallas. The North Carolina-based chain is expected to be “Central Market meets Tom Thumb,” and opens on Wednesday, December 3, at 8 a.m.

More on the healthy food front: Food truck favorite Good Karma Kitchen is leaving the road behind in exchange for private catering and personal chef services. “Lucky,” Good Karma's truck, will run for the last time on November 30 before making the switch.

And, over on Greenville Avenue, Best Thai is expanding its brand with a buffet concept set to open on November 29. The new spot, called Best Thai Diner, will have a rotating selection of food from the four regions of Thailand, in what's supposed to be the biggest Thai buffet in the state.

Meanwhile, those of you looking forward to a brewery hitting Oak Cliff should be prepared for a little disappointment soon enough, as Noble Rey Brewing Co. looks to move and set up shop in the Design District. There, the company will join Peticolas Brewing Company, which has long operated in the neighborhood. Noble Rey hopes to open by the end of the year. In the meantime, the people of the O.C. can still look forward to Small Brewpub's impending opening.

Speaking of drinks: On Thursday, November 13, from 7 to 10 p.m., The Woolworth will host a one-year anniversary celebration thanking all who have visited them and have contributed to the bar's success. Owner Brandon Luke will hold a toast to a wonderful first year at 8:30 p.m., and will unveil plans for a second-story patio coming early spring 2015.

Pecan Lodge cover photo by Scott Mitchell. Got a tip for The Spread? Email us!

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