Dallas' Ramen Options Improve, The Loon Must Move and Peticolas Hits a Groove.
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.
Over the years, fast food has given way to street food. And, though there are certainly some similarities between the two — namely, the ability to obtain both in a relatively short amount of time in a variety of sizes and options — there's definitely more finesse in street food.
Still, Thai food isn't necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when one's mind starts wandering toward street food. Even so, CrushCraft intends to change that for the Uptown crowd come mid-January. The owners of this fast-casual restaurant intend to take diners along on a full spectrum of flavors, dividing their menu into three sections: foods typical of open air markets in Thailand; the usual suspects in Thai restaurants (read: pad thai); and a “For Chefs” section for the more adventurous types.
If you're not that adventurous, you can go for an old favorite — but at a new location.
Teiichi Sakurai, whose ramen bowls at Tei-An are maybe the best in town, will be opening a ramen-dedicated spot at Sylvan Thirty called Ten, and hopefully come May. The news is a bit of a surprise: Initially, Sakurai planned to open a fish market at the spot. And though seafood aficionados might be a little disappointed by this news, we imagine they'll find some solace in a steaming hot bowl of ramen, which Sakurai says he'll keep affordable at under $10 an order. This, obviously, is excellent news as we're not exactly smitten with Tanoshii these days.
Speaking of new homes: The Loon is now looking for a new location to make room for a much-needed new CVS Pharmacy, apparently. The Loon has until March 31, 2014, at its current spot, though, so diners have the opportunity to enjoy old favorites at the iconic locale for the time being.
Meanwhile, the folks behind Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House are teaming up with Refugee Services of Texas for a fundraising event for local refugees on December 7 at 8 p.m. Refugee Services of Texas aims to provide transitioning aid to refugees within the first 90 to 180 days of arriving in Texas through its five offices located throughout the state. Proceeds from the event will go directly to local refugees to assist them with initial resettling, job placement and education.
In craft beer news, it seems the end of beer festival season is upon us — well, OK, at least until January. Going down on December 15, The Dallas Winter Warmer is the final such affair on the 2013 calendar and it will focus on winter beer tastings rather than on being a full-fledged festival. This is great news for those who prefer darker, heftier brews such as Lakewood Brewing Company's Temptress, Rahr's Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer and more. Attendees will receive swag in the form of a six-ounce commemorative snifter, and their choice of 12 two-ounce samples, with an addition dozen samples going for $2 a pop.
But just because you'll have to wait a month or so before the next beer festival doesn't mean you can't enjoy the spoils of the Dallas beer scene in the meantime. On Saturday, December 28, in fact, Peticolas will host its two-year anniversary at its brewery. Better yet, the occasion will mark the release of the brewery's 10th beer to date. No word yet on what that beer is, exactly; the brewers are keeping that news under wraps for now.
Finally, in this week's opening news: Chip's Old Fashioned Hamburgers opened in Lakewood this week, and Grub Burger Bar recently opened for the Black Friday crowd at its location on Greenville Avenue near University Boulevard.
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