Vegan Fast Food Comes To Dallas Farmers Market, And The Design District Gets Its Fourth Brewery.
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.
The ever-evolving scope of the Dallas Farmers Market will soon be welcoming more vegan options to its landscape, as a new venture called Soulgood is set to join the lineup this spring. The concept will focus on vegan fast food, with items such as burgers, po' boys and tacos, as well as a selection of breakfast foods and desserts. The price-point puts nothing above $10, making healthy, organic meals more of a viable option over traditional fast food.
Meanwhile, former DFM favorite Ain't No Mo! Butter Cakes has joined the food truck movement in Garland. Operating as a “mobile-cafe-and-bakery,” it now serves southern fried chicken wings and tenders with French fries, Sunday house potatoes and peach cobbler in addition to its signature pound cakes. The truck is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Downtown will be receiving new life, too, as am as-yet-unnamed concept joins the Belo Building renovation. The plans are for a restaurant and bar, with chef Sharon Hage (The Rustic, Blue Mesa) at the helm of development, so we should expect lots of seasonal ingredients thanks to her farm-to-fork focus.
Also in fresh food initiatives: A one-hour grocery delivery service called PlÄt will launch next month. The free iOS app allows customers to choose from a selection of groceries for same-day delivery between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. with a minimum of $35 per order. The service launches on May 13, with deliveries to Dallas, Las Colinas, Irving, Addison and Richardson.
In Trinity Groves, Kitchen LTO has a new list of candidates for its next chef rotation after chef Blythe Beck's extended run gets set to finally come to an end. Five area chefs are competing for the chance to switch things up for the restaurant's fifth installation, with voting taking place on Sunday, May 3. The new rotation will take place on June 3, with Beck's last day coming on May 31.
As temperatures start to rise, people aren't the only ones looking to beat the heat, which is why Boo & Neo's Gourmet Bakery now serves gourmet dog popsicles (read: pupsicles). The treats are Greek-yogurt based and made with ingredients like peanut butter and bananas, selling for $3 each or four for $10, and can be found near the Klyde Warren dog park.
Over in Deep Ellum, hopes of a new wine bar were dashed this week. Rather than taking over the EZ Dude BBQ spot as previously reported, the would-be Cepage plans to open in Oak Cliff as Bouchon 1314 in the coming weeks instead.
But not all is lost for wine options in Deep Ellum: Combination coffee shop and wine bar Lead Belly Coffee is slated to open on Main Street in the former Deep End space, though not for some time.
In craft beer news, the Design District could see the opening of yet another craft beer venture, as Noble Rey Brewing Co. says it could start its operations up as soon as next month. It joins the list of brewpubs infiltrating the greater Dallas-Fort Worth region, and is the fourth brewery to take up residence in the neighborhood. Maybe we should just take to calling the Brewing District from now on?
In other brew news, Rabbit Hole Brewing is making waves with the introduction of Civet poop coffee into its Rapture Fusion Brown Ale. The coffee — called kopi luwak — is one of the most expensive beans in the world, running upwards of $600 a pound. The good news is that you can taste it during the Untapped Festival on Saturday, May 9.
Speaking of beer festivals: You can also check out the Trinity River Craft Beer and Music Festival in Fort Worth, which will feature 14 rare craft beers and live music. That event takes place on Saturday, May 30, with proceeds going to the Hope Center for Autism.
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