TJ's Seafood Market Is Upgrading, Meddlesome Moth Turns Four and Plano Ups Its Dining Ante.
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They say moving is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. But the average moving experience doesn't necessarily include a high-end redesign, does it?
Not really. But that's just what TJ's Seafood Market has planned with the announcement that its Preston Forest location will be moving south and into a new space in Preston-Royal Village formerly occupied by Purple Cow.
The new location will help TJ's become more than just a market and providing them with the opportunity to offer more than just seafood.
“It's a much larger location that's close to the current location,” says manager Jeremy McKinney. “It's gonna be a lot more TJ's to go around!”
The new space's look will come courtesy of Tei-An’s designer Hatsumi Kuzuu and will feature a full-service, 80-seat dining room, plus a full bar. The menu will be similar to the Oak Lawn location of TJ's (read: lobster rolls and shrimp cocktail) but with a few new signature items, too.
Meanwhile, and also on the subject of signature items: A few months back, we posted about the upcoming Suburbia Fest in Plano, and how the lineup didn't quite exactly live up to our expectations. Luckily, the food offerings for the festival seem to make up somewhat for its slightly bland, suburban musical offerings. Food trucks such as Say Kimchi, Bombay Street Food, Conway Corndogs and Cajun Tailgators are just a few of the names expected to be present at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve on May 3 and 4. Plus, in addition to a host of food trucks, the culinary team at AT&T Stadium will bring some additional food trucks and concepts to the line-up, serving items such as cheesesteak sandwiches, house-cured pastrami pretzel sandwiches and southern-fried turkey brioche, just to name a few.
Speaking of new things: It seems like it’s been a while since John Tesar’s latest venture, Knife, was first announced, but the time is drawing close to the restaurant’s official opening. So close, in fact, that the signage is finally up. The restaurant expects to open late April, so Hotel Palomar is pushing promos to its email subscribers in preparation. Ever wanted a selfies with John Tesar? Well, Hotel Palomar says you can have it! Also? Expect to see slabs of every kind of meat imaginable offered on the menu for the late-night crowd.
Elsewhere, Community Beer Company welcomes back the return of its Beer School thanks to popular demand on Saturday, April 26. Guests can learn about the beer-making process from head brewer Jamie Fulton from 12 to 2 p.m., then stay for the open house following the event from 2 to 5 p.m., since tickets are included in the Beer School admission. Stick around till 8 p.m., and you can even join in on the Texas Pils release party, Boot Scoot & BBQ. Entry is free for that portion of the event, with brews sold by the glass and barbecue plates going for $5.
Need more beer in your life? Head on down the the Meddlesome Moth, and help that popular Design District spot and help it celebrate its fourth birthday. All week long, the bar at the restaurant will be hosting tastings with various brewers to really hammer home the point that beer drinkers really dig it. Head here for a full list of events going down.
Almost as much as restauranteurs love Plano right now? Almost! This week, the sprawling Dallas suburb continued its march toward non-urban dining supremacy as Dee Lincoln's Steak and Burger Bar inched closer toward opening and Frisco burger icon Kenny Bowers announced the first Plano location of his appropriately named Kenny's Burger Joint.