Chef Eddy's Back, And Dallas Restaurants Take Full Advantage Of Girl Scout Cookie Season.
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.
When chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin parted ways with Pakpao, brief cries of anguish flooded the Dallas food scene as he shifted his focused from bold Thai flavors to the modern American cuisine at Bite City Grill. Diners mourning the loss of their inability to order from Chef Eddy's Thai-inspired creations were a little dismayed by the idea of making the trek to Fort Worth for dishes not infused with curry or fish sauce (even with promises of lamb). But not all hope for dishes shaped by the flavors of his homeland, as Chef Eddy plans to open not one, but three outposts of his latest venture, Kin Kin Urban Thai — a move that was always inevitable for the chef.
“Thai has always been my root,” Thretripthuangsin says. “I always wanted to go back to my roots, and do something that I always had a passion for — not just Thai cuisine in general, but also in the restaurant business.”
Kin Kin, which can be interpreted as “eat up” or “let's eat,” will start its infiltration of DFW by following in the path of Bite, with plans of opening in Fort Worth's West 7th district (hopefully) before Valentine's Day. In Dallas, the first outpost is slated to hit Oak
Lawn some time by March/April, with a Preston Forest location following this summer. Without divulging many specifics, Chef Eddy alludes to a menu influenced by his favorite dishes during his travels back home. The goal is to reflect the cultural diversity of cities like Bangkok and their current food trends, as well as his personal take on Thai staples.
“I had to go to different spots and places to get all of my favorites, so I tried to put all of that into one menu,” Thretipthuangsin says.
That's not the only good news for fans of Asian cuisine — especially for those who still feel like there aren't enough ramen options in the area. Newcomer Sushi Bayashi will be serving at least one version/a> of the trendy dish in Trinity Groves come February. As the name suggests, sushi will be the prominent menu feature in the restaurant's casual “Tokyo-style” atmosphere.
Across town, and just months after bringing kolaches to Lower Greenville, Bohemian Cafe is looking to join the lineup at the Dallas Farmer's Market with a second location called Kava & Kolache. The owners of Bohemian Cafe are currently in the market for investors — standing at about a quarter of its needed funds — and a lease signed for an opening this spring.
Over in Cedar Springs, a new Mexican restaurant by the name of Quesa is set to open at the end of February. Expect a menu of authentic Mexican street food, with late night options Thursday through Saturday, as well as Sunday brunch. Meanwhile, C'Viche is set to open February 10 in Lower Greenville. Diners will have the option of having their ceviche — the main menu item — prepared four different ways, or choose from the tacos, quesadillas and other items featured. Hours will be from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and open 'til midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Later this spring, the space formerly occupied by Spoon will soon bring a touch of Seattle to Dallas, thanks to Nick Badovinus (Off-Site Kitchen, Tried and True). Not much is known about the restaurant — named Montlake Cut in honor of Badovinus' home state of Washington — other than it will have a saltwater focus and influences from throughout the Pacific Northwest.
In other news: the owner of Three Happy Cows Yogurt has been sentenced to five years in prison for arson, and will have to pay $1.5 million in restitution for damages he caused when he set his former business on fire.
Adding to the list of ties between crime and the Dallas food scene, the cafe where Bonnie Parker worked prior to that “whole Bonnie and Clyde” thing, is being revamped into a restaurant.
On the flipside, Bijoux will be holding its last dinner service on February 28, after eight-and-a-half years. The closing allows owners Scott and Gina Gottlich to focus on their other restaurant, The Second Floor at the Westin Galleria, according to a press release.
Meanwhile, if you haven't been hit up by your coworkers just yet, just know that, indeed, Girl Scout cookie season is upon us. And local eateries are taking full advantage of the fact. For instance, at Uncle Uber's they're serving up homemade Thin Mint ice cream. Or you can head to LUCK in Trinity Groves for their Girl Scout cookie flight — where four beers are paired with eight cookies — available until January 31. Sounds right up our alley.
In other beer news, a new brewery and taproom called On Rotation is now open in Dallas next to the Lakewood Cane Rosso. Although the house brews (which include options like a jalapeno saison and peach cobbler ale) won't be available until February, you can choose from a list of more than 40 craft brews to enjoy on site.
Also, be on the lookout for cans of Grapevine Craft Brewery's Nightwatch Oatmeal Stout in stores. If you take a picture and tag #IFoundNightwatch on Facebook, you'll be entered in a chance to win GCB swag.