Local Restaurants Are Expanding Like Crazy and Macarons Are Getting Their Due.

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.

Given the increasing popularity of the frequently photographed confections known as macarons, it's only natural that these colorful treats are getting the recognition we Americans dedicated to our other adored foodstuffs. To that end: Book your calendars now, as Friday, March 20, has officially been deemed National Macaron Day.

Locally, you can celebrate with Bisous Bisous Patisserie, which is giving a box of its signature French cookies to anyone who guesses the new mystery macaron flavor teased on its Facebook page before Thursday at 3 p.m. Bisous Bisous will also be giving out complimentary mystery macarons on Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Also honoring the day is Joy Macarons, which will be debuting its own new concoction, macaron ice cream sandwiches. A portion of Friday's sales of these treats will go toward funding Cafe Momentum.

Meanwhile, in the seemingly on-going celebration that is Dallas' love of burgers, yet another burger joint is on its way — and, this time, it's heading to the Knox-Henderson area. The aptly titled BGR: The Burger Joint will be a build-your-own, fast-casual concept specializing in dry-aged prime beef burgers, with other protein options like grilled chicken, ahi tuna, turkey and housemade veggie burgers available. The restaurant is slated to take over the former Farnatchi space sometime in early June.

Really, things are looking pretty good on the expansion front these days. A slew of area restaurants have announced plans to open additional outposts within the next year: Lakewood will soon be getting new Rex's Seafood and Buzzbrews outposts; Lake Highlands is getting a Crisp Salad Co.; a second location of Frisco moonshine joint Mash'd is heading to Fort Worth's burgeoning West 7th district; and a new East Hampton Sandwich Co. location is headed Uptown way.

Other possible newcomers include popular NYC food cart The Halal Guys, which might possibly make its way to Dallas in a mass expansion effort that includes “hundreds of locations,” including outposts in Houston and Las Vegas.

In booze news: LUCK is hosting a beer and music festival called Luckapalooza on Sunday, March 22 from noon to 9 p.m. And, over in Oak Lawn, Scotch & Sausage's new agave program features an interesting take on the margarita that features Tootsie Rolls of all things.

As for places to catch the game and get a drink? Greenville Avenue's Truck Yard was recently recognized by Travel + Leisure as one of the country's best sports bars, somewhat weirdly.

On the beer side of things, the city's craft beer boom could be jeopardized by a proposal of restrictive new state legislation for brewers that would reduce production limits from 40,000 barrels to 5,000 annually. Thankfully, that proposed bill is as good as dead.

Cover photo by Allie Williamson. Got a tip for The Spread? Email us!

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