Grapevine Craft Brewery Gets The OK To Install a Taproom and Plano Loosens Its Food Truck Rules.
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.
Anyone who was excited when Whataburger started selling its trademark condiments can now feel free to freak out just a little more: The brand is now also selling its popular Honey Butter and Premium Pork Sausage on grocery store shelves. The two new items are now available in all H-E-B stores (including Central Market locations) in 16-ounce packages. According to a statement released by the higher-ups at Whataburger, one of the key factors behind the decision to add the two products to its retail offerings was the strong customer demand, especially on social media, where there were 20,000 Twitter mentions of Honey Butter in 2014 alone.
That's pretty understandable, since the people of Dallas sure enjoy openly talking about their Whataburger love affairs from time to time. Now, its just a matter of thinking of all the things to spread the sweet stuff on. (In other words: Move over, Nutella.)
Speaking of adored chains: The fast-casual burrito chain Chipotle will be making an appearance at White Rock Local Market this weekend. In order to show some support for local family farms and to encourage people to buy unprocessed, wholesome foods, representatives from the company will be handing out $5 vouchers to the first 300 people to stop by their tent. This weekend's event takes place on Saturday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lakeside Baptist Church.
Meanwhile, out of Plano comes good news for food trucks: The city has loosened it's regulations on food trucks in a unanimous vote by city council. The new ordinance allows food trucks to use existing restaurants to store and prep food instead of having to rent commercial kitchen spaces.
The change will hopefully prompt Dallas to follow suit, as the city's food truck regulations are currently similar to Plano's now-old ones.
Elsewhere, renovation at Wild About Harry's Deep Ellum location is slowly but surely getting underway after being delayed since last fall. The place is starting to show signs of life, but still has work to be done if plans for the shop's projected mid-summer opening remains in place. In the meantime, take a peak inside the window — past the construction and equipment set up — next time you're near the intersections of Hall and Commerce streets and you'll see a replica of the signature Harry's hot dog statue that stands outside of the original location.
Over in Uptown, The Common Table has a new summer menu, courtesy of executive chef Sarah Snow. The menu includes creative takes on classic favorites such as a grilled cheese sandwich with roast pork tenderloin, cheddar, provolone and parmesan cheese on sourdough. Optional extras include marinara dipping sauce, caramel bacon popcorn, Korean beef jerky, chicken-fried ribeye and more.
In opening news: Bocce is now open on Davis Street in the old Inforzato's space. Despite its name, there's no bocce ball court on the premises. There is, however, an expansive menu of Italian-American favorites such as eggplant, chicken parm and fettuccine alfredo, plus three different styles of pizza (New York, Chicago and Sicilian) and more. Also? There's a B.Y.O.B. policy, which makes up for any disappointment the lost bocce ball opportunities could bring. A grand opening event will take place on Friday, June 20, and the restaurant is open Monday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
North in Denton, a new barbecue place called Bet The House opened this past Saturday on South Elm. The city's barbecue fiends must have needed a new place in town to get their fix, as there was a line out the door within the first 10 minutes of the opening. Here, you can get brisket, ribs and, notably, a jalapeno-cheddar sausage made by Fischer's Meat Market in Muenster. The sides are all standard Texas barbecue favorites — fried okra, coleslaw, potato salad and the like. Bet The House is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Austin-based healthy food concept Snap Kitchen has announced that it's opening four Dallas locations in the near future. The first two are set to open this summer in Uptown at Snider Plaza and McKinney Avenue. The other two locations — at Preston Royal Village and at Fitzhugh and 75 — are slated for the fall openings. Snap Kitchen serves a variety of calorie-conscious meals — including vegetarian, vegan, Paleo and dairy-free options, as well as a 99-percent gluten-free menu.
In craft beer news this week, Grapevine Craft Brewery is now canning its Monarch brew. The classic American wheat has mild citrus notes and a 4.3 ABV — and comes just in time for the Fourth of July. Also? Grapevine City Council just unanimously approved an amendment to city ordinances that will allow the brewery to pursue its request for a taproom at to be installed at its soon-to-come brewery premise in downtown Grapevine. The 10,000-square-foot brewery is projected to open next February and will be a block off of Main Street, says CEO and founder Gary Humble.
Meanwhile, World Cup viewing resumes at Community Beer Co. this Thursday, June 19, at 2 p.m. The brewery will also be open this Sunday, June 22, for the USA vs. Portugal match — and, best of all, there's free beer in it for anyone who wears USA colors to the party. There will also be a special firkin tapping. Doors to the event open at 4 p.m., with the game starting at 5 p.m.
In unfortunate closing news: Jake's Hamburgers in Addison officially shut down last weekend. Sources say it was due to leasing issues and not being able to find another place to move. There's a possibility of the poppy seed burger joint reopening in another area in Addison, although, at this point, that doesn't seem likely until next year. Meanwhile, the other four Jake's locations throughout North Texas very much remain in place.
Another area closure is, fortunately, a temporary one: Tei-An is shutting its doors from June 23 to July 5 for its annual summer vacation. It will reopen on July 5 at 5:30 p.m.. So don't fret, tonkotsu ramen fans. You won't be without for too long.
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