Mudhen Meat and Greens Will Give Dallasites The Option To Eat Like Shit.
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.
Beware, area vegans: Sykamore Vegan House recently announced that it will be closed until further notice.
According to the restaurant's Facebook, the closure follows a dispute with the spot's landlord over maintenance responsibilities, as the devastation from last week's storm exacerbated existing problems with the building's structure. We reached out to ownership for more comments but have yet to hear back. They did, however, post this recent Facebook update, which appears to indicate that Sykamore Vegan House is in the process of seeking legal assistance, and may relocate to a nearby location. In the meantime, those craving a taste of Sykamore can check its sibling concept in Plano, Asian Delights Cafe.
In more devastating closure news: Arlington Steak House, the oldest restaurant in Arlington, is set to close after 84 years in operation. The place initially served the late-night and gambling crowd, but, per the Star-Telegram, its space will soon become a third outpost for Jambo's BBQ Shack, which is likely to retain much of its historical elements.
Moving forward: Another alternative will soon be available to the city's health fanatics, as Mudhen Meat and Greens joins the Dallas Farmers Market lineup. But the latest concept from restaurateur Shannon Wynne (Rodeo Goat, Meddlesome Moth) won't be strictly rabbit food, as previous reports alluded. Per GuideLive, patrons will have the option to “eat like shit” or order from a full bar, alongside a host of vegan, vegetarian and Paleo dishes. Look out for an opening next month.
Meanwhile, Greenville Avenue Pizza Co. is offering up an unusual take on the New Year's black eyed peas tradition with a “Hoppin' Jean” pizza. The official press releases states that the pie is a play on a Hoppin' John recipe, courtesy of owner Molly Mandell's aunt Jean — hence the name. Customers can choose between Alfredo or pizza sauce as the base of their pie, which is then topped with mozzarella cheese, black eyed peas, sausage, bacon, rice and spices. Pizzas will be available January 1, and run $17 for a small and $23 for a large.
In other news, the recent Playboy interview of Dallas' most infamous chef, John Tesar, featured a few notable gems, like his disdain for Anthony Bourdain's cooking and some justifications for smoking pot. Aside from potshots at one of TV's bitchiest chefs and his confirmation as a stoner, other tidbits from the write-up include a surprising yet thought-provoking agreement with Donald Trump's immigration policy and hot takes on how Dallas' racial history prevents it from being on par with cities like New York and Chicago.
Moving on, the people of Garland will soon have an option for brunch, with the opening of Masaryk Mexican Kitchen. The Broadway Boulevard venture pays homage to Mexico City in its name, while also incorporating Tex-Mex into the menu, according to CultureMap. Brunch will be served buffet-style, with items like huevos con chorizo, chilaquiles, menudo and pozole available, while the main menu will have a selection of enchiladas, tacos and moderately priced entrees. Guests can also indulge in a citrus-glazed flan, sopapillas, sangria and other bar offerings. Hours run daily, with brunch Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In Cedar Springs, meanwhile, Zephyr Bakery Cafe aims to bring European flair to the area. The concept — opening in a former Zini's space — will serve all-day breakfast, in addition to lunch, dinner and select takeout items. There will also be an espresso machine, a full bar and a weather-controlled patio. A soft opening is slated for next month.
Out in Oak Cliff, Parker Barrow's — the restaurant modeled after outlaws Bonnie and Clyde — is now open. The concept plays up the Prohibition Era theme with handcrafted classic cocktails and vintage adornments alongside craft beer taps, hearty sandwiches and salads. Hours run daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Finally, in craft beer news: Franconia Brewing Co. is hosting a world tour through beer, with its Franconia World Tour limited release series. Every three months, the brewers will pick a different country to showcase global brewing traditions. Facebook teaser photos reveal a lineup that includes a French Champagne Ale, a Belgian Ale and a Baltic Ale, and will start off in February with an English Stout. Fans of the brewery's spring season Pilsner can also look forward to the brew being offered year-round after April.
Also? Following the tragedy of last week's storm, Community Beer Co. is donating 50 percent of today's taproom sales to tornado relief efforts. Doors open at 5 p.m. Drink hard and strong.
Also philanthropic today: Lakewood Brewing Co. is offering a free meal and beer for Garland, Rowlett and Copeville residents and first responders affected by the storm. Rick's BBQ Food Truck will be on site at the brewery at around 5 p.m., and those with new and/or gently used toy donations will receive beer on the house. The event takes place from 3 to 10 p.m.