Trinity Groves Gets Sweeter, The Arts District Gets Boozier and Three Dallas Chefs Get Realer.
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.
If chef-crafted menus and specialty cocktails are your thing, well, you're in luck: Proof + Pantry is set to open at One Arts Plaza on Wednesday, August 27.
A press release this morning confirming the news gave details on the restaurant's seasonal menu, which is broken up into soil, land and sea categories. Featured menu items include butter-dipped baby radishes served over rye soil, day-old duck served with lamb belly and frisee, and raclette tarts served with smoked salmon roe. The menu also features a bulk section filled with items to share, plus night and weekly specials. On the drinking side of things, the menu is organized by proof, with no proof, low proof and high proof selections, with prices ranging from $8 to $15.
In the release, it's said that Michael Martensen and Sal Jafar II — co-owners of Misery Loves Co. restaurant group — “envisioned a concept which minds the gap in food & beverage that currently exists, ushering front and center a new type of eatery which truly plays the part well with the Arts District community.” The restaurant will be located in the former Commissary space.
Out in Trinity Groves, meanwhile, Kate Weiser Chocolates is aiming to change misconceptions about chocolate with hand-painted, one-of-a-kind treats. The shop is finally open after a much anticipated wait and a few ice cream pop-ups it hosted as a tease.
But it's not all just decadent, abstract chocolates for the first retail incubator in the up-and-coming foodie destination. The shop offers other goodies such as toffees, macarons, coffee and something called maclairs that exist as hybrids of French macarons and eclairs and promise, in the spot's own literature at least, to be “the new cronut.” You can also expect more housemade ice cream, ice cream sandwiches and drinking chocolates, all made with seasonal high-quality, organic ingredients at the shop, which is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
Right next door, look for the opening of sweet neighbors Cake Bar. As if you weren't able to get your sweet fix next door, sugarphiles will here be able to choose from a selection of scratch-made cakes and cookies made with Southern recipes. You can look forward to goods such as chocolate pound cake and Italian cream cake being pushed out of the bright blue storefront this September.
Also in Trinity Groves, you can check out the newest menu item at LUCK: Harissa Chicken. The dish is made with pan-seared chicken breast and bone-in thigh that's been marinated in Harissa (a Northwestern African hot chili pepper paste), served on cilantro lime yellow rice, with avocado and pickled onions.
Meanwhile, TJ's Seafood Market made its debut at its new Preston and Royal location, showing off its anticipated upgrades. Unfortunately, it's still just a market, as the restaurant and bar sections aren't up and running yet. But seafood lovers can still stop by the new location Monday through Saturday starting at 10 a.m., and noon on Sunday.
In other news, not long after the word of Bonchon's recent departure from its Upper Greenville location came down comes a new contender, as Ashwood Bar & Kitchen takes over the spot. Expect to find American-style bar fare such as variety of burgers, quesadillas and tacos. The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight, and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Another opening to look for is Gas Monkey Live, the live music venue coming courtesy of Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Bar N Grill. The state-of-the-art, 38,000 square foot space will also have a game room. The venue will be located at 10110 Technology Blvd, and expect it to open October 10.
Speaking of interesting showcasing opportunities: Three local chefs will be repping the Metroplex in the newest season of FOX's vehemently entertaining cooking show, Hell's Kitchen. Chefs Roe DiLeo (Libertine Bar, Boulevardier), Katie McKeown (Belly & Trumpet) and Kalen Morgenstern (Tillman's Roadhouse in Fort Worth) will make their television debut on the two-hour premiere of the show's 13th season, which airs on Wednesday, September 10, at 7 p.m.
Speaking of Texans done good: Whataburger fans can cry tears of joy yet again with the addition of four new signature sauces to the condiment aisle of select groceries. Peppercorn ranch, jalapeno ranch, classic honey mustard and creamy pepper (famous on the chain's patty melts). An original mayo will also be joining join the ranks of the other Whataburger condiments that can now be found at HEB and Central Market stores.
In brew news: Grapevine Craft Brewery's brewery building project was recently unanimously approved by Grapevine City Council. The new space, to be built one block off of Main Street in downtown Grapevine, will have over 10,200 square feet with 1,500 square feet dedicated to retail space, according to a press release from owner Gary Humble. Construction is slated to begin in September with a goal of opening February 2015.
On the other side of the coin, Independent Ale Works has shut its doors for good. The brewery — opened in 2013 in Krum, Texas — was opened as an experiment by owners Stefan Windham and David Miller “to see how far they could go without procuring outside funding,” according to the Morning News.
Meanwhile, Community Beer Co. is releasing a new brew. Legion — a Russian Imperial Stout — will be released in four-pack bottles and on tap. Look for it mid-September.
One place to potentially seek it? Lone Star Taps & Caps, a new craft beer and growler spot set to come to Lewisville this fall thanks to the folks behind Carrollton's Lone Star Beverages shop.
Lastly, let's end this week's installment of The Spread with some quick-hit opening news: The Bohemian Cafe, a new kolache destination, is opening along Lower Greenville on October 13; Ten50 BBQ, which thinks it's every bit as awesome as Austin's vaunted Franklin Barbecue, is now open in Richardson; Ceviche in Oak Cliff is estimated to finish construction by the end of the summer; and the second Hypnotic Donuts location, which will come up north in Denton, is projected to open in September.