Dallas Restaurants Fight Back But It's All Love Over at The Truck Yard.
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 thing, because this is Dallas and this town always has breaking restaurant news going down like whoa.
Scandalous culinary news broke earlier this week when not one, but two different Dallas-area restaurants decided to turn the tables on their customers by publicly shaming them on their social media platforms.
While Ten Bells Tavern snapped back at a rather negative Yelp review, Smyth, a high-end reservation-only cocktail spot, blasted those who failed to follow through on reservations at the bar.
This brings to mind one question: What's with all the hate? Seriously, are we so quick to forget the PR nightmare that occurred when Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares visited Scottsdale, Arizona's Amy's Baking Company Bakery Boutique & Bistro? Even before cameras started rolling, the restaurant became a mockery of itself after publicly attacking Yelp-ers and Facebook commenters, leading up to revue loss and even death threats.
But, hey, who are we to judge how people vie for attention? Some of them are getting their moments in the reality TV sun, after all.
On the other hand, a number of local eateries set out to celebrate their customers this week. For instance, Deep Ellum's Serious Pizza handed out free slices yesterday during a fan appreciation party, and Aw Shucks will be giving away complimentary slices of key lime pie to people born in 1983 on September 30th as part of its 30th anniversary festivities.
Or maybe you prefer checking out restaurants that are too new for negative reviews and/or publicly-shamed patrons. To that end, Klyde Warren Park's Savor and Relish had their soft openings yesterday. The former will feature upscale dining options and shareable plates, while the latter will focus on more approachable menu items such as burgers and fries.
In other restaurant opening news: Deep Ellum's first Ramen noodle spot, Tanoshii Ramen, which saw its grand opening delayed last week, finally opened for business this afternoon; Eatzi's Market and Bakery opened a third location out in Plano; Central Standard will open its doors out in the Design District on Friday; Urban Orchard Market opens up in Downtown Dallas tomorrow;Smallcakes will start serving up its delicious cupcake creations out in Southlake on October 17; Alligator Cafe opened a second location on Elm Street this week; Crisp Salad Co. will join the slew of recent additions to Greenville Avenue on November 1; and Pho Chateau, a new Vietnamese restaurant, will open its newest location in Las Colinas later this month.
Moving on to brew news: Deep Ellum Brewing Company recently announced that its latest beer release will be the aptly-named GourdZilla, a pumpkin ale with hints of pecan-smoked sweet potatoes and a bevy of spices as its response to the Oktoberfest phenomenon currently overpowering the brew scene. In celebration of such a delicious and limited English Strong ale, the brewery will be hosting a beer launch at Craft and Growler on October 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. Meanwhile, out in Fort Worth, Rahr and Sons Brewing Company will be hosting its annual Rahroktoberfest 5k this Saturday with live German polka music and a biergarten. Lederhosen are not required, but strongly recommended.
Finally, it seems that the increasingly popular Lower Greenville spot Truck Yard just can't stop blowing our minds. It seems like its interesting concept has even earned some national shine as of late. Look for the media love to continue when ESPN Radio's traveling football show, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, drops by on October 11 from 9 a.m. to noon.
And, while it has captured national attention, the Truck Yard has also made a very special impression in the hearts of a couple of Dallasites recently. Yes, that's right: The space already hosted its first wedding ceremony just a few days ago.
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