Potato Flats Falls By The Wayside and Oak Highlands Brewery Enters The Fray.
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.
Lovers of Houston's Frenchy's will soon no longer have to make the five-hour trek south to get their Cajun fried chicken fix, as the chain plans to head to our way in the near future. Well, not just Dallas-Fort Worth, actually: Plans are for a Texas-wide expansion, with locations set to open in College Station, San Antonio and Austin. There's no word yet on a timeline for the first Dallas outpost, but the company plans to reach 500 locations nationwide, according to Culture Map.
Meanwhile, the fall food festival Park & Palate has announced its stacked chef lineup. Notable locals such as John Tesar, Brian Luscher and Anastacia Quinones (Kitchen LTO, Komali) will be just a few of the chefs featured during the two-day event. The festivities begin on Friday, September 25, at Klyde Warren Park, with tickets currently on sale here.
Also happening Downtown? Proof + Pantry is welcoming chef Julio Peraza (Salum/Komali) as its executive chef. As a classically-trained French chef, Peraza will also be heading the kitchen at the soon-to-open sister restaurant Madrina, according to Crave DFW.
Over in Deep Ellum, Planet Sub is adding to the neighborhood's many sandwich options. The Kansas-based chain does your standard sub fare, with options for romaine and tortilla wraps, as well as the possibility of beer or wine, according to Dallas Eater.
Moving on to Uptown, a new location of Taco y Mas is set to open on Cedar Springs. The latest outpost will feature the same taco menu as its predecessors, with the inclusion of margaritas and beer. Look for an opening next month.
In other opening news, Horseshoe Hill Cafe in Fort Worth opens its doors today. The menu combines “cowboy cooking” with Tex-Mex, including items like chili con carne, tamales and chicken-fried steak.
Conversely, in closing news: Fast-casual starch purveyor Potato Flats is closing down its Trinity Groves location, which is fine, since we never really liked it. According to Culture Map, the location shuttered because it didn't allow for the quick dining experience its owners had hoped for, although other investors are looking at the possibility of resurfacing the concept elsewhere in the region. Plans to fill the vacant space are in the works.
In craft beer news: Oak Highland Brewery is hosting its grand opening event on Saturday, July 18. Tickets are on sale for $15, a price that includes commemorative glassware, a koozie and tokens for beer. The event runs from noon to 9 p.m., and is 21 and up.
Also, as we reported yesterday, LUCK at Trinity Groves is switching up its brunch series to include a bacon and beer pairing flight, this Sunday, July 19. A variety of house-cured bacon will be paired with local brews from Rabbit Hole Brewing, 903 Brewers' and more. Flights will go for $16 each, and supplies are limited to the first 100 people. Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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