Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern Struggles and Denton's East Side Social Club Is Coming.
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 that this is the Internet, so space isn't a concern. Also: Good things, because this is Dallas and this town always has breaking restaurant news going down like whoa.
We here in North Texas are spoiled to a certain degree — at least in the culinary sense. The region enjoys a variety of foods from all walks of life, with new restaurants popping up on almost daily and on seemingly every corner.
This week is no different, as Dallas diners are about to have several new food spots to try.
Local Oak, a neighborhood-styled restaurant and pub, is set to open their doors out in Oak Cliff sometime next month, and the, uh, “mountain”-themed breastaurant Twin Peaks officially opened their eighth DFW location at Mockingbird Station just last week.
Also? Real estate investment company Harwood International has made it known that they're looking to fill some retail space at their location at the intersection of Oak Lawn Avenue and Dragon Street. While their leasing pamphlet seems to allude to a second Saint Ann's location, the company recently told Eater that they're looking to try out an entirely new concept in the space. Only time will tell who else will decide settle into this Design District spot, but with words like “Latin,” “Mediterranean,” “Asian” and “Indian” being thrown around, we can only hope for the best.
And, while we're generally excited anytime a new restaurant pops up, not every opening ends up going as smoothly as some would hope. Take last night's much-covered “disaster” at Cane Rosso offshoot Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern's grand opening in Oak Cliff. The much-hyped pizza place suffered significant issues all night, most of which stemmed from a computer system crash, though a wet-behind-the-ears staff and a perhaps over-zealous and judgmental crowd didn't necessarily help matters all that much. Attendees vented their frustrations on the new joint's Facebook page with the fury of seven hells. That's not the worst of it, though: The chaos of the night prompted owners to shut down early. They've since promised to re-open today with a more streamlined attitude and, hopefully, a working computer system. Can we all just agree that grand openings are always messy? Seriously, though: Get over it, everyone.
Speaking of setbacks: Alamo Drafthouse suffered a few glitches of their own this week, pushing back the date of their soft opening a few days. In this case, however, disappointed fans will be compensated with half-off food through August 15. Thank escaped robot for that one.
Also unfortunate? For nearly every new joint that opens its doors, an older restaurant typically shutters. To wit: The owners of Luna de Noche's recently closed their Victory Park location, and Elevation Burger 's only Dallas location closed its doors, too. In the case of the former, its owners have said they intend on shifting their focus to their remaining locations and might potentially re-open sometime later in the year. Similarly, the owners of the British-style pub chain The Londoner decided to close their Uptown location after negotiations with their landlord left their rent significantly raised. Fans of European soccer can still catch their favorite teams at locations in Addison, Frisco, Allen and the chain's newest location on Lower Greenville.
And for some good news — well, for North Texas lushes, at least — now comes word that John Williams, the owner of Denton's Oak Street Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor will be opening up a new joint called East Side Social Club just down the street from his current location. Denton's latest bar — and soon to be favorite hipster hangout — will see its opening at the end of the month. The place will feature the largest Texas bourbon and whiskey selection in the world, at least according to their Facebook page. The club, which still remains true to the owner's craft beer foundations, will also feature nearly 100 brews on tap, pushing the total combined beers on tap for the two spots to just under 200. Our livers quiver with anticipation.
In other Denton news, our friends at Armadillo Ale Works are set to sell their Greenbelt Farmhouse Ale in stores across DFW soon. Find their delicious brew through their sweet beer locator or check them out on October 5 during Denton's first-ever — and aptly-titled — Canned festival.
Speaking of awesome things: The ever-popular Pecan Lodge recently announced the addition their version of an “Express Lane.” All you've got to do to skip the restaurant's typical excruciating wait is order five pounds of brisket or ribs at least two days in advance. Considering how quickly Pecan Lodge sells out of their wares on a daily basis, the addition of said express lane seems like a no-brainer.