The openings keep coming in this roundup of Dallas restaurant news

Don’t read this roundup of Dallas restaurant news on an empty stomach, because there are some potential treats that might make that stomach growl, especially if you like ice cream or boba tea or pho drinks or Starbucks. or really, food of any kind. The roundup includes quite a few openings, a closing, and a variety of new dishes.

Here’s what’s happening at Dallas restaurants:

rascal, a restaurant on Greenville Avenue from the owners of Boulevardier and Hillside Tavern, closed May 14 after seven years. They announced their closure on Facebook. An email to co-owner Brooks Anderson produced this unsatisfactory response: “Great employees, great regulars, great owner. All good things come to an end, and it was time for a tough decision. No regrets!” One would assume it was sudden, since they were still making “come eat here” Facebook posts the night before; but given their tight grasp of information, it would be in their character not to warn in advance. Located next to Trader Joe’s, the building they’re in is a three-pronged space that’s been on a roll, with departures that include BB Bop and Yucatan Taco Stand, replaced by Hinodeya Ramen and Manpuku, and the Rapscallion space. seems unlikely to remain vacant for long.

The Dolly Llama, a small Los Angeles-based dessert chain offering waffles and ice cream, has a date for its Dallas debut. The store will open in Uptown at 2817 Howell St. #210 on Saturday, May 28, starting at 12 p.m., when the first 100 customers will receive a free t-shirt and other goodies. They make both Belgian Waffles using traditional methods and the Hong Kong Bubble Waffle, made with a special batter that produces a unique crispy, cream-like texture. The Dallas franchise is from husband and wife Trenton and Joy Judson.

7 Leaves Coffee is a coffee and tea shop opening in Grand Prairie at 2609 W. Pioneer Pkwy. #100 on May 21. Founded in California by seven Vietnamese-Americans, 7 Leaves serves coffee, tea and boba teas made with raw ingredients such as pandan leaves, mung bean, taro root and the fruit of the passion, producing flavors reminiscent of Vietnamese and Asian flavors. desserts. The menu includes 17 hot and cold coffees and teas like Green Thai Tea, a sweet and creamy milk tea with jasmine tea; Mint Sereno with mint, cream and brown sugar; Vietnamese coffee; and Japanese matcha soy tea. According to a statement, the location is from Tony Nguyen and Danny Bui, who have locations in Frisco and Carrollton, but this is their first with drive-thru. They are opening more locations in 2022, including one at 519 North Jupiter Rd. in Garland.

wild wood grill, a popular local Southern-themed channel with two locations, is set to make it three. They are opening a location at CityLine Market in Richardson, in a former Taco Diner at 1417 E Renner Rd. #300, in CityLine Market next to Fish City Grill. Owners Dave and Mary Garner left the corporate world to open the first Wildwood Grill in Southlake in 2009, then opened at Firewheel in Garland in 2017. They became known not only for steaks cooked on oak and Walnut, as well as burgers, whiskey, and beer, but also to be a neighborhood and family friendly place with reliable food and lovely service. A spokesperson said they were aiming to be open in June.

Shawley Cafe is a newly opened Ethiopian restaurant on the east side of Richardson at 2146 E. Belt Line Rd., with a particular emphasis on meat and beef, including tibs (fried cuts of meat), shawarma, steak Ethiopian-style tartare and beef cooked with green cabbage, served in the traditional way, without utensils, rolled on spongy injera bread and eaten with your hands.

Lone Spur Cafe is a Prescott, Arizona-based breakfast and lunch chain that expands to DFW suburbs such as Allen, Bedford and Denton. It’s open for breakfast and lunch with “cowboy food, great cowboy service, and real cowboy charm.” They love to mount animal heads and other body parts. Allen has a dead bear hide on the wall, and their Facebook page posted a video of a horse walking with the painful “walking” gait produced when trainers apply caustic substances to horses’ hooves, a practice now prohibited. The menu features egg dishes, as well as chicken fried steaks, burgers, and rib eye steaks. the Denton Record Chronicle says they are also opening locations in McKinney, Grapevine and Stockyards in Fort Worth.

Alley noodle bar is a new authentic Vietnamese restaurant in McKinney in a brand new mall at 7701 Stacy Rd. #700 bringing noodles, pho, rice dishes, grilled meats and spring rolls to McKinney. Signature dishes include the shaken beef fried rice and the “wok”, a crispy chicken thigh with a sunny side up egg on rice.

Sugar Ice Cream & Waffles is a new dessert shop with an Arabic twist, located in a McKinney Center at 4701 Custer Rd. Meni’s items include their “waffle panini”, a waffle sandwich filled with fruit and chocolate sauce, and the magna at pineapple, a hollowed-out pineapple filled with fruit, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream. They also serve scoop ice cream and in confections such as milkshakes and bananas. But their unique twist is Arabic-themed specialties such as qatayef, a crepe with a hollowed-out center stuffed with luscious custard (though here they serve the custard on the side); madlouka, a simple yet decadent pudding topped with Arabic cream and pistachio; and Halawet El-jibn, scrumptious sweet cheese rolls filled with your choice of cream or ice cream.

Le Gourmet Bakery, a Dallas-based company that makes glazed shortbread cookies, added Williams-Sonoma to places that sell their cookies online. Founded by Dallas entrepreneur Becky Nelson in 2012, Le Gourmet makes a thick, chewy, cake-like non-traditional cookie. Can you call it a shortbread? Surely that fits Dallas’ tastes since Dallas recoils from anything hard or crusty. Williams-Sonoma sells three varieties — Graduation Cookies, Patriotic and Father’s Day — $60 for a dozen.

modern market, the extremely affordable fast-casual concept with five DFW locations, including Preston Hollow Village at US-75 and Walnut Hill Lane, has brought back its cult classic Street Corn Pizza topped with Mexican-style street corn on a cheddar cream sauce with mozzarella, fresh jalapeño, chili powder, smoked cream and cotija cheese. Like an elite pizza, you see. It’s part of a new set of dishes for the summer that includes a Chili Steak Sandwich, Supreme Pizza, Pan-Seared Ahi Salad, and Kale Caesar Salad, though you can’t get two salads. Kale Caesar side dish and call it a main salad, I have no idea.

Starbucks launched two new items all year: Chocolate Cream Cold Brew, featuring Cold Brew topped with chocolate cream cold mousse and sweetened with vanilla syrup. They say the combination of coffee and chocolate, as well as the malty flavor in the cold chocolate cream mousse, is designed to evoke a malty chocolate milkshake or that last piece of chocolate ice cream melted by a hot summer day. There’s also a Lime Frosted Coconut Bar, combining coconut, oatmeal and mini white chocolate chips, topped with lime frosting, white frosting and chocolate shavings. coconut. Frappuccino flavors these days include Caramel Ribbon Crunch and Mocha Cookie Crumble.

Taste of Dallas, the largest and oldest food festival in North Texas, returns for its 36th year to Dallas Market Hall, June 10-12, with free admission on Fridays courtesy of Frost Bank. New culinary attractions are all about meat and fat, including a BBQ showcase and something with bacon. This represents a triumphant return after a few years of hiatus due to the pandemic.

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