Kent Rathbun Gussies Up The Airport, And Rise No.1's Marshmallow Soup Migrates South.
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.
The world famous marshmallow soup at Rise No. 1 will soon be available outside of Dallas-Fort Worth, as a second location will soon make its way to Houston. The second outpost — appropriately named Rise No. 2 — will be a part of a statewide expansion for the soufflé purveyors, according to CultureMap. The Houston space will be located at BLVD Place, with plans for an opening by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Kent Rathbun (Abacus, Jasper's) is adding to his list of restaurants with four new places planned for the DFW Airport. The new concepts include a branch of the Plano burger and barbecue venture Hickory, small plates and cocktails at The Lounge at Abacus, French and modern Texas fusion with KR's Whitetail Bistro and Kent Rathbun's Aviator Bar. Look for openings late next year.
Also on the expansion wire: The next concept for John Tesar (Knife, Fork, Spoon), it turns out, won't be utensil-themed at all. New joint Gravy 51° will focus on authentic Italian cuisine, with the name Gravy referring to the Italian term for tomato sauce. Construction begins soon on the Turtle Creek space, with an opening slated for February 2016.
Moving forward, Henderson Avenue destination Hibiscus will soon be losing chef Graham Dodds to a new Greenville Avenue spot. The restaurant will be a partnership with This & That Concepts (So & So's, Standard Pour), with a menu centered around local and seasonal Texas cuisine. Dodds will be at Hibiscus until October 7, with an opening slated for the new venture by the end of this year.
Over in Oak Cliff, chef Justin Box (Bolsa) is hosting a Harvest Moon Pop-Up Wine Dinner on Sunday, September 27, at Wine Poste. The event plays up on Sunday's rare lunar phenomena and the new season with dishes like rabbit ragu, pumpkin soup and orange-braised oxtail. Seating is limited, so RSVP ASAP if you want in.
In Trinity Groves, Kate Weiser Chocolate is welcoming autumn with chocolate monsters. The monsters are made out of dark chocolate, and run between 12 to 16 ounces in size. Supplies are limited, but the treats should be available throughout the month of October.
Finally, in craft beer news: Noble Rey Brewing Co. is hosting its Zero Anniversary Party to celebrate the beginning stages of the business. Specialty beers will be available throughout the day, as well as food courtesy of Red Beard BBQ, and commemorative Noble Rey zero anni glasses. Designated drivers have access to free tickets, but will be asked to leave if caught drinking beer. The event takes place Sunday, October 3, from 1 to 10 p.m.
Also, the new Whole Foods Market in Uptown is hosting a Brews and BBQ event this Saturday, September 26. Local brews will be paired with smokehouse favorites, along with pit master tips for cooking at home. The event takes place from 3 to 6 p.m.
Before that, though, Braindead Brewing will finally be releasing its four-hop-blended double IPA called “Tenth Anniversary” that we called “staggeringly great” when we got a sneak taste of it back before the Deep Ellum joint opened this past spring. The release comes tonight, in conjunction with the release of a new burger from the kitchen. That new dish, called the “Wednesday Burger,” features “two Worchestershire glazed patties piled high with house smoked American Cheese, our delicious Duroc Bacon, house pickled jalapenos, fresh chopped lettuce, white onion, and milk bread baked in house.” They'll only be serving 20 of them tonight, though. More info on that here.
Cover photo Rise No. 1's marshmallow soup by Kathy Tran. Got a tip for The Spread? Email us!