Whataburger Is Giving Away 10 Years' Worth Of Free Food, And BrainDead Gets Into The Rap Game.
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.
In honor of Whataburger jumping on the Snapchat bandwagon, the burger overlords are giving away a decade's worth of free food. Per GuideLive's Sarah Blaskovich, the company is handing out one prize per week to the best declarations of Whataburger love through the app. The contest ends on Tuesday, March 22.
Also combining two fun things, the food half of the Alamo Drafthouse development, called Vetted Well, which debuts today in The Cedars. The concept is a bar and restaurant that shares an entrance with the theater but will operate as a separate entity. The menu is kept simple, with a small selection of salads, small plates and entrees, while the drink program is influenced by classic Dallas locations. Hours will run daily, with options for brunch, lunch, dinner and happy hour.
Over in Uptown, a new venture called Eastwood's Bar is coming to McKinney Avenue. As reported by Teresa Gubbins of CultureMap, the concept aims to be a neighborhood bar-restaurant that is positioning itself as the “Living Room of Uptown.” This includes a small menu of healthier-than-average bar foods, brunch, and a dog-friendly patio complete with a fenced-in area and fountain. An opening is slated for later this month.
Elsewhere in the neighborhood, Top Knot has added a late-night component to its menu. From 10 p.m. to midnight, the menu will feature items like poutine made with short rib and kimchi caramel, pork katsu and a selection of meat-filled buns. You can choose from some of the Asian-inspired desserts, as well as a few of the items from the dinner menu.
In other meat-centric news: An outpost of Arizona's Steak 48 is opening in Frisco. The North Texas location will be the second branch in the state, as a part of the Wade Park development. The menu features a selection of prime-cut steaks and seafood, as well as sides like Maine lobster mac and cheese, braised pork belly and pâté for appetizers. Look for an opening in 2017.
Farther out, Taverna Rossa has plans to open a second location in Southlake. The newest outpost of the restaurant will feature the same signature stone-fired pizzas, in addition to Texas-influenced Italian dishes with local and natural ingredients. There will also be 30 craft beers and four wines on tap, as well as a selection of signature cocktails. An opening is slated for next month.
Finally, in craft beer news: Two BrainDead Brewing staff members recently released a rap song about NTX breweries. “Pay Your Tab” conveys the frustrations of working in the bar industry in a humorous, yet catchy track that's surprisingly decent for what is. You can listen to the track in its entirety on SoundCloud.
Also, Community Beer Co. is hosting a yoga session with CubeFit Yoga this Saturday, March 12. All levels and abilities of yoga and beer drinkers are invited to participate, followed by a complimentary pint and beer tour. Doors open at 10 a.m., with class beginning at 10:30.
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