bbbop Spreads Its Korean Fried Chicken Wings, And DEBC Gets Hit With a Cease And Desist.
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.
Just when we were starting to wonder if the Dallas food scene has already had enough of John Tesar's influence, the golden boy is now adding El Bolero to his resume.
After helping to revamp the kitchen at sister-restaurant Oak, Tesar will be replacing opening chef Hugo Galvan at El Bolero, and he'll be bringing along his NYC counterpart Jacob Barrios for added support.
Speaking of change: Lakewood coffee spot Legal Grounds has shuttered its doors to make way for The Heights, the latest venture from Karin Porter (The Grape, Porter House Provisions). The restaurant will focus on southern comfort food, like a signature Texas benedict and hash n' eggs with a red-eye gravy. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with daily hours from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Another Southern food option is slated for the summer, too, as Ida Claire takes over the former Truluck's space in Addison. The menu will marry global influences with southern classics, so expect dishes like cast iron-cooked okra finished with ponzu and fork-and-knife biscuit sandwiches. There will also be a drink program that includes things like margarita juleps and punch bowls in addition to classic cocktails. Look for an opening sometime this month.
Meanwhile, the recent local ramen boom has come to a brief halt as Ten and Tei-An have closed, if only temporarily. Both restaurants will be closed until Wednesday, July 7, for a summer break. Hours will resume at 6 p.m. that day with new weekly specials to follow, according to Guide Live.
Sticking on the Asian front: Dallas-Fort Worth can look forward to more Korean fried chicken options, as bbbop is expanding out to Oak Cliff. The space will be larger than the Greenville Avenue restaurant, with plans for TVs, a large patio and more menu items. But it will still closely resemble the newly opened Lower Greenville location, per the Dallas Observer. The third outpost is planned for the corner of Davis and Tyler, neighboring Joy Macarons, and is slated to open late summer.
Back on Lower Greenville, the neighborhood's newest tenant, Rapscallion, is opening Wednesday, July 7. The restaurant will focus on American fine dining with meats prepared on a custom wood rotisserie and grill. It will also feature a raw bar with fresh seafood offerings. The drink program will feature a 126-bottle wine list, plus cocktails from Eddie Eakin (Boulevardier). Bar hours begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with kitchen hours starting at 5:30 p.m. Closing times are 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, and 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
In craft beer news: Deep Ellum Brewing Co. has recently received a cease and desist notice on behalf of its Easy Peasy IPA, as Flying Dog Brewery out of Maryland found that it bore too much resemblance with its Easy IPA. While legal battles ensue, you can put your mind at ease during DEBC's Pool Party. The event starts this Friday, July 3, and will be held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in East Dallas.
You can also celebrate the Fourth of July with Noble Rey Brewing Co. during its grand opening party. Noble will be rotating through its Pilot series, as well as serving other local and national brews at $5 a pour. The event takes place this Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.
And, in Fort Worth, you can stop by the rare firkin tapping of Unfiltered Bucking Bock at Rodeo Goat on Thursday, July 2 at 5 p.m.