Sriracha Is Staying In California, Yum Brands Launches a Banh Mi Concept and The Ramen Keeps Coming.
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.
As the official opening of the eponymous Kate Weiser Chocolates in Trinity Groves draws near, the Dallas chocolatier is promising that dessert fiends will also have something else to look forward to when the shop finally opens shop.
Yes, Weiser will be making ice cream, too. And not just the standard flavors, either. Expect the menu to have unusual offerings like fresh mint, sweet basil, lime mascarpone and an extra dark chocolate with orange blossom and cocoa nib streusel.
Can't wait until the shop opens later this year to sample those frozen goods? Well, lucky you, you can in the meantime sample the frozen goods at the ice cream's pop-up at Little D Farmers Market on Sunday, June 8, from 10 to 4 p.m. in the space behind LUCK.
Speaking of the ever-active Trinity Groves: Rotating concept restaurant Kitchen LTO has a new chef in Brooke Egger, who comes to the area from Santa Barbara, California, and is the third featured chef for the restaurant, following chefs Eric Shelton and Norman Grimm. The new chef is bringing a unique style to LTO, with a menu featuring such items as chilled lobster salad with white chocolate vinaigrette, bourbon-pecan creme brulee topped with chicharron and marrow baklava.
Want more concept news? No problem: Yum Brands, which recently opened Super Chix out in Arlington as a means to test the Chic-Fil-A competition waters, has now announced plans to test a new banh mi concept called Banh Shop near the intersection of SMU Boulevard and Prentice Street in the coming months.
Also coming soon to Dallas are a pair of new ramen spots. Ramen Hakata will open in Addison where it will take over the old Burrito Jimmy space, and the Las Vegas-based Monta Ramen will head to Richardson for the restaurant's first Texas outpost. The two places will diversify the ramen options with hakata — a variety that's interchangeable with the tonkotsu style that can be found at Tanoshii in Deep Ellum — plus kurume, shoyu and miso styles.
Meanwhile, up in Denton, the #Sriracha2Denton movement came to a screeching halt as city officials in Irwindale, California, recently dismissed the lawsuit filed against Huy Fong Foods that might have potentially sent its factory packing. Although Huy Fong Foods is no longer considered a public nuisance, owner David Tran fears that he lost market share during the nine month ordeal, partly because he's had to reveal a lot about the sauce's production process, which, in turn, has spawned imitations from Trader Joe's and Tabasco. Don't be too disappointed, Sriracha fans. The silver lining here is that we can all take comfort in the fact that we won't be seeing a shortage of the sauce on grocery store shelves any time soon.
Speaking of city official-related ordeals: Dallasite DeAndre Upshaw took his battle against Kung Fu Saloon's alleged racist admission policies to City Hall earlier today, where council members vowed to investigate the Uptown arcade-themed bar's practices.
On a lighter note, Irving residents can take solace in the fact that its old-fashioned soda fountain and pharmacy, Big State Drug, is being resurrected by Strokers Ice House. The team behind that popular biker bar is reopening the 66-year old Irving institution as a '50s-era soda fountain and grill — sans the pharmacy. The menu will feature fare such as burgers, grilled cheese and fried bologna sandwiches, plus milkshakes a snow cone stand and an old jukebox meant to complete the retro aesthetic. No official opening date has been announced just yet.
On the other hand, former WORK pitmaster Doug Pickering was finally able to announce that he's moved his barbecue to Lone Star Marina. The new pit is located inside the recently renovated Old Don's Port Marina on Cedar Creek Lake only on weekends, where people can dine in — or pick up their meals by boat. In the meantime, Pickering is also negotiating a permanent location closer to Dallas.
Speaking of Deep Ellum: Twilite Lounge will be celebrating its one-year anniversary with a free party on Saturday, June 7, featuring live music from local favorites Somebody's Darling.
That should be a good place to wash down all the doughnuts you'll have eaten the day before, too. How so? Well, this Friday is, of course, National Donut Day. As such, Hypnotic Donuts will be celebrating by letting local public figures work its counter — among them Maple & Motor owner Jack Perkins, Dallas Observer columnist Alice Laussade, Dallas city councilmen Sheffie Kadane and Rick Callahan and various members of the Dallas Police Department, just to name a few. Oh, and there'll also be a proclamation from Mayor Mike Rawlings' office that will declare every first Friday of June as Dallas Donut Day. You can help share your experiences by using #dallasdonutday and #hypnoticdonuts on social media.
Elsewhere in East Dallas, vegans and healthy food aficionados are getting a new option with the newly opened Sykamore Cafe. The family-run shop features Asian-fusion options of Chinese, Malaysian, Indian and western influences — with no single dish costing more than $10. The restaurant is open seven days a week, too, and even serves a breakfast menu featuring items such as oatmeal and hash brown biscuits.
In craft beer news: Grapevine Brewery is introducing its first IPA, 10 Gauge. The brew will be made available during the company's brewery tour on Saturday, June 7, from 12 to 3 p.m. Can't make it on Saturday? Grapevine will be announcing where to find the beer through various pint nights and keep-the-glass events on its Facebook page in the near future.
Meanwhile, Denton's Rabbit Hole Brewing keeps up with the craft brew firsts as it releases its first seasonal beer, Wonderlust, this week. The Saison ale is made with a mixture of German and Czech hops, and rounded out with a Pilsner malt. You can experience it at Rodeo Goat in Fort Worth during a keep-the-pint night on Thursday, June 5, and a tap takeover of all Rabbit Hole brews at Katy Trail Icehouse on Friday, June 6, where you can also get a limited edition “Season of Virtue” glass.
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