Plano Plans A Three-Story Dining Hall, And Chick-Fil-A Throws A Dance Party.
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.
Chick-fil-A is hyping up its new Addison outpost with free food and dancing. The first 100 area residents that lined up for today’s grand opening were given a year of free Chick-fil-A, according to GuideLive. In honor of the debut, the restaurant is also feeding customers breakfast, lunch and dinner, in addition to hosting a dance party later this evening. Participants are encouraged to donate new and gently used children’s books for the Boys & Girls Club of Richardson.
In other charitable news, Garden Café is hosting a reverse charity ball. As a part of its Fare Share Dinner & Fundraiser, the restaurant is collecting donations for The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, where chefs Mark Wootton and Scott Tobey of Garden Cafe, Ryan Barnett (Stephan Pyles) and Nicole Gossling (Gossling Aprons) will prepare a meal for the shelter’s 280 residents.
Over in Plano, a new food hall is slated to hit the Legacy West development. Per Eater Dallas, the new Legacy Hall will feature concepts from chef Matt McCallister (Filament, FT33), and Monkey King Noodle Co.’s Andrew Chen. The food hall will be three stories and host 20 different food vendors, in addition to an on-site craft brewery. An opening is scheduled for August 2017.
In other opening news, a new restaurant called Socca Mediterranean Café has surfaced at the Dallas Museum of Art. The concept specializes in socca, a crepe made with chickpea flour. The menu features a selection of sweet and savory flavors, along with shareable platters and other Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
Meanwhile, New York Sub has returned to Park Cities. The sub shop is under new management, after the original owners closed the restaurant back in 2014. Many of the original elements were reinstated, with a few upgrades like fresh bread from Village Baking Co. and organic/non-GMO ingredients. Hours run daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Out in Oak Cliff, yet another Austin-based concept comes to town when JuiceLand makes its way to the Sylvan Thirty development this summer. Per Eater, reports that construction is underway for the brand’s first Dallas location, joining other Austin business like Houndstooth Coffee and Tacodeli in the area. No word yet on an official opening date.
Also in the neighborhood, The Island Spot aims to open its Jefferson Tower doors in the coming weeks. The second outpost for the Carrollton-based Jamaican restaurant is currently in the process of staffing. Oak Cliff Advocate reports that the restaurant could open as soon as Friday, June 24.
Finally, in craft beer news: Untapped: Fort Worth returns to Panther Island Pavilion this Saturday, June 11. The annual beer fest will feature brews from places like Noble Rey Brewing Co., Peticolas and dozens more, not to mention performances from bands like Built to Spill and Hayes Carll. The event takes place from 3:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Also on Saturday, Flying Saucer Addison is hosting a Roasted & Toasted tasting, where guests can enjoy coffee-centric releases like DEBC’s Bourbon-Barrel Oak Cliff Coffee and Community Beer Co.‘s Ascension Randall paired with fresh coffee beans, and others. The event begins at 11 a.m.
And last, but not least, Community was also ranked by beer experts as one of the best craft breweries in the state. The brewery was the only Dallas company to be featured on the list.
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