Deep Ellum Gains A New Trendy Sweet Shop, All-You-Can-Eat Pizza Hits The Design District, Two Area Breweries Get International Recognition & Much More!

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.

Shortly after the abrupt (if only temporary) closure of Deep Ellum’s beloved Glazed Donut Works, a new offering is coming to Elm Street to help fill some of the sweets void left behind in its wake.

Magical Dessert Bar, the latest venture from the minds behind Chills 360, will be located at 2646 Elm Street in the former site of Chill’s short-lived sister concept, DoHolics. The new business will focus on whimsical, unicorn-themed treats, inspired by the owners’ travels to Bangkok and that city’s burgeoning sweet scene. The menu will feature a variety of decorative, on-trend pastries (think: cupcakes, cake pops, macarons) as well as boba teas, colorful lemonades and milkshakes. The shop aims to open us tin time for holiday season on Saturday, December 1.

Meanwhile, the esteemed Dallas noodle slingers at Wabi House are now also serving things up in Fort Worth. The second outpost of the popular ramen shop is located at 1229 8th Avenue. Starting today, the shop’s regular business hours will run keep its doors open from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Closer to home in the Design District, Delucca Gaucho Pizza is bringing all-you-can-eat pies to the neighborhood. The Southlake-based concept plans to offer a selection of 20 different pizzas — with limitless servings! — for $20 per person. Operating hours are weekdays from 5 to 9 p.m., and weekends from 5 to 10 p.m.

Up in the Park Cities, the newest location of the Original ChopShop at 6401 Hillcrest Avenue offers something for all dietary restrictions. The concept serves gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan options, alongside other healthy options and something for virtually every diet. Daily store hours are from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In other opening news: Las Vegas-born concept The Great Greek is opening its first Texas location. The restaurant will be located at 3750 Plano Parkway in The Colony. The fast-casual concept features a menu of Greek favorites, including vegetarian options and the not-as-healthy, feta-topped fries. An opening is slated for January 2019.

Another West Coast-based concept coming to the Metroplex is California’s Hiccups Restaurant and Teahouse, which is setting up shop at 9144 Prestmont Place, Suite 220, in Frisco. The concept features an extensive menu of Instagrammable drinks, in addition to a wide range of savory bites like spicy chicken wings and popcorn chicken. Oh, and perhaps even better? The shop will be home to an outpost of Hiccup’s sister concept, Churroholic, where diners can customize their own churro creations. Look for an opening February 2019.

Speaking of drinks? Local Press + Brew is expanding its own operations to include a new Victory Park location. The new outpost will feature the same menu of coffee, pastries and cold-pressed juice favorites as the Beckley Avenue space, minus the toast options, which are limited to the original location. The new shop can be found at 3111 N. Houston Street, just inside the luxury apartment high-rise known as The Katy.

Finally, let’s end things off  as we usually do — on a craft beer note! It’s  good one, too, as two area breweries recently took home awards from this year’s Brussels Beer Challenge in Belgium. Deep Ellum Brewing Co. took home the gold for its Local Legend offering in the Flavoured Beer: Sweet/Milk Stout category. Meanwhile, Rahr & Sons took home two medals — a silver in the Lager: German-style Märzen category, and a gold for its Pumpkin Ale in the Flavoured Beer: Pumpkin Ale category.

Cover photo via Magical Dessert Bar’s Facebook page.

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