Stonedeck Joins The Deep Ellum Pizza Party and The City Addresses The Kung Fu Saloon Situation.
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Just a few months after we announced that Deep Ellum would soon be home to another pizza joint, Stonedeck Pizza Pub is officially open for business. But the American-style pizzeria that was initially set to open in June isn't operating at full capacity just yet: The powers that be are taking a little extra time to make sure things are just right.
“We opened up with a limited menu to get our kitchen staff up to speed,” says owner Catherine Jacobus. “The staff will undergo additional training to make sure they have the recipes down pat to ensure high quality and consistency with each slice. Despite not being able to order from a full list of options, diners can choose from items such as the special pizza — made with chipotle marinara, caramelized onions, cherry peppers and pepperoni — the roasted veggie pizza, smoked provolone and pepperoni pinwheels, as well as build-your-own pie options.”
News of the opening was pretty much kept under the radar, as Jacobus says they didn't want to make any fanfare about it — at least until they throw a proper grand opening party within the next few weeks. For now, it's all about establishing a foothold in the neighborhood, which, thus far, seems to be pretty receptive of Stonedeck.
“Everybody has been really supportive and very friendly,” Jacobus confirms.
In the meantime, you can enjoy the spot's out-back beer garden patio with giant Jenga and cornhole. In keeping with its American theme, Stonedeck also features a selection of 18 different moonshines from across Texas and the U.S., as well as more than 80 craft beers and a handful of wine options. The place is open from 11 a.m. to midnight, Sundays through Wednesdays, and from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays.
In other opening news, Addison's newest noodle purveyors, Ramen Hakata, opened this past Monday. Here, ramen bowls start at $8. There's also free Wi-Fi, and it's BYOB-friendly. Operating hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m.
A little closer to home, Del Frisco's Grille on McKinney Avenue is offering its Triple Treat Summer deal through Labor Day. The combo includes the Grille's Prime double cheeseburger, fries and an adult milkshake.
Or you can head over to Hopdoddy Burger Bar for its “Ghostland Burgatory” burger, available through August 10. Created in order to celebrate the beginning of summer chili season, it's made with ghost peppers, serranos, habaneros, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, ghost sauce, lettuce, tomato and chipotle mayo on an egg bun. It's so hot, that customers are required to sign a waiver before eating — a feat for only the truest of spice lovers.
Also, news of the greatness of DFW burgers has once again gone national as Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives made its second stop at Chop House Burgers for its “Legends of Texas” episode, in whichGuy Fieri revisits old favorites from Dallas to Houston to celebrate the Lone Star state. The next few chances to view the episode can be found on the Food Network's website.
In more national news, it seems that the people over at BuzzFeed have picked up on something most people in Dallas already knew — that Carnival Barker's Ice Creams is one of the ice cream shops you must visit before you die. Notable flavors mentioned in the piece include the spot's Nutella vodka, Fat Elvis and Munchies flavors, just to name a few.
On the festival front, we've got some more details on that Chipotle-sponsored “Cultivate Festival” we told you about a couple weeks back. We've since learned that the popular burrito chain will be partnering with Lakewood Brewing Co., who's brewing up a special Cultivate Farmhouse Ale for the event, which will also feature appearances from Community Beer Co., Bishop Cider Co., Franconia Brewing and more. Guests can also enjoy pork belly or barbacoa gorditas, as well as offerings from Chipotle's Asian food concept, ShopHouse.
In other festival news: Local Brews Local Grooves happens this Saturday, August 2, at the House of Blues starting at 4 p.m. Enjoy a selection of samples from local breweries in addition to live music. Prior to the event, check out the DFW's newest beer-centric radio show, “Tait Lifto Talks Beer,” on Thursday, July 31, with special guest Marc Mann — the general manager of HOB — for insight on the event. Tune in here from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursdays for this and other beer coverage.
Meanwhile, Lakewood Brewing Co. is hosting its second anniversary celebration on Sunday, August 3, at Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House. The event will feature 18 different taps of Lakewood brews — such as its Rock Ryder American Rye Wheat and Hop Trapp Belgian-style IPA — plus live music and LBC merchandise. The taps open at 11 a.m. and commemorative glassware will be available to first-comers.
Over at Craft and Growler, meanwhile, Rabbit Hole Brewing is hosting a keep-the-growler night tonight at 7 p.m. The event debuts Rabbit Hole's first batch of growlers with four brews on tap to commemorate the occasion.
And, finally, after over a year of allegations of racism against Uptown's Kung Fu Saloon
— the most recent of which stemmed from the fact that the establishment didn't have its supposedly discriminatory dress code clearly posted outside its doors — the City of Dallas finally responded this morning by releasing a 12-slide Power Point presentation fully explaining its official dress code policies.
Hey, it's a start.