The Truck Yard Gets Serious, and Sausages and Tacos Each Get Their Own Festivals.

Welcome to The Spread, our new weekly feature that aims to share all the area restaurant, food and beverage industry news that's fit to print. Except that 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.

Since opening their doors back in 2006, Twisted Root Burger Company has enjoyed a strong and loyal fan base, prompting its owners to open new locations all over the DFW area.

To that end, the local chain has continued their expansion with a Carrollton location that opened its doors for business earlier today. Perhaps with world burger domination on their minds, the exotic burger aficionados are also set to spread into Austin and Shreveport in the coming months.

Speaking of Twisted Root: Since being tapped to oversee the construction of Dallas' first permanent food truck park,Truck Yard, Twister Root co-founder Jason Boso has recently unveiled several big plans set for the soon-to-be Lower Greenville spot, starting with his own cheesesteak-centric restaurant/bar spot called Steak Me Home Tonight. We can only assume the name is a nod to the failed ABC comedy, Happy Endings. Truck Yard will feature three bars and several lounging areas, including an updated tree house for patrons to let their inner child run rampant when the park opens in August.

On the subject of openings, the folks over in Denton have several new eateries to look forward to spotting. Gold Mine BBQ has set up shop in the old Vigne Wine Sop and Deli location after the latter moved next door to Mellow Mushroom a few months back. As the name suggests, Gold Mine BBQ is a mineshaft-themed restaurant serving up Texas-style BBQ with daily specials and promotions appearing on their Facebook page.

Just a few blocks away from Gold Mine, Mulberry Street Cantina is putting together last-minute details for a grand opening set to kick off tomorrow at noon. The owners of the new Latin-inspired spot have spent the past seven months renovating the space next to Hailey's Club that was once occupied by local ad agency Swash Labs.

Currently still under construction, though, is Denton's Last Drop Tavern, an English-style tavern that will use an authentic wood-fired pizza oven to bake up their Neapolitan-style pies. The tavern, which will occupy the former Crazy Horse Saloon space, has yet to announce an official opening date. If their Facebook photos are any indication, though, the tavern will be a sports fan (and dart hound's) dream.

While the Denton culinary scene is bulking up, Dallas has several locations undergoing significant changes as well. Seafood staple S&D Oyster Co. has their sights on expansion with a lofty goal of completing a two-story addition that will remain true to their French Quarter-period style architecture. According to the Dallas Morning News, the 37-year-old institution will begin construction within the next two weeks and the restaurant will continue dishing out their famous fried oysters and seafood gumbo throughout the process.

Out in Fort Worth, the Magnolia bar scene has gotten some seriously bizarre competition with the recent opening of The Bearded Lady. The laid-back tavern will focus on Southern comfort pub-style food paired with a rotating craft beer line up.

Speaking of southern comfort: Addison's Flying Saucer will be hosting its third annual BeerBQ this Sunday starting at 1 p.m. The food and beer fest will feature rare Texas beers from St. Arnold's, Real Ale, Lakewood, Jester King, 512, Rahr and Sons and Deep Ellum, all paired with the restaurant's famous Brisket Braztel (a giant pretzel toasted with Swiss cheese, sliced beer bratwurst and a spicy mustard dip), plus deep fried brat dogs and an ice cream meant to taste like Lakewood Brewing Co.'s Temptress brew.

Seems like food festivals are everywhere these days, actually. Main Street Garden Park will play host to the KRLD 105.3-FM The Fan's first ever SausageFest on August 10 from 4 to 10 p.m. Attendees will get a chance to dine on countless sausage samples, participate in events including a wiener dog costume contest and sausage bobbing, all while listening to local musical favorites A.D.d+ and someone called the Mullet Boyz.

Finally, while we're on the subject of festivals celebrating a single type of food, we give you TacoCon. The North Texas Taco Festival and Four Corners Brewing are behind the event that will take place on September 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. The festival will feature five taco food trucks (Chile Pepper Grill, Holy Frijole, Ssahm BBQ, Taco Heads and Taco Party) paired with a specialty beers brewed by Four Corners just for the festival. Even better? It's free to attend!

Cover photo via Truck Yard's Facebook page. Got a tip for The Spread? Email us!

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