Summer is often the time for restaurant closures in Dallas, and it's not like there aren't a few of those going down. But in upbeat news, there are openings, too. Not to mention summer menus, new brunches, and fancy milkshakes.
Here's what's happening in Dallas dining news this week:
FrostBite Creamery is a new dessert shop open at 3607 Greenville Ave. doing the increasingly common rolled ice cream. It's located across from the Granada Theater in what used to be a daiquiri-to-go spot but in a space better known as the one-time Cafe Izmir to-go mart.
ZuZu Handmade Mexican Food has closed its location in Frisco, and the final location at that. The longtime location of this healthy-ish Mexican concept that was at Abrams and Mockingbird closed in 2017.
Kura Revolving Sushi Bar finally opened its location in Frisco, at 9292 Warren Pkwy. Kura is the Japan-based chain with more than 400 locations that serves sushi, ramen, and other Japanese seafood on a conveyor belt; they also serve beer and sake. They have 14 locations in the U.S., and 8 locations in Taiwan; this is their third location in Dallas-Fort Worth, along with Plano and the original in Carrollton.
85°C Bakery Cafe, the Taiwanese mega-chain serving baked goods, coffee, smoothies, and boba drinks, has a new location coming soon to Frisco, at 9292 Warren Pkwy.; and one already open in Fort Worth, at 628 Harrold St. The concept was founded in 2003 and entered the U.S. in 2008, first colonizing California. Texas is one of the areas the chain is developing; it also has two locations in Austin.
Original ChopShop, the Phoenix-based fast-casual healthy restaurant chain that specializes in bowls, has signed the lease to its first location inside the Loop. According to a release, it'll open at 6401 Hillcrest Ave., in the former Goff's Hamburger space in University Park. The menu offers protein bowls, acai and pitaya bowls, juices, protein shakes, salads, and sandwiches. They've already opened a location in Las Colinas and have another in the works for Plano.
Torchy's Tacos, the popular taco chain, will open a Las Colinas location at 7855 Las Colinas Ridge in Irving. According to a release, it'll open June 5, with a raffle and other festivities, preceded by a preview the night before, on June 4 from 5-8 pm, where they'll give out free food and drinks. Mob scene alert.
Eureka! in West Village has a new menu for brunch, with new dishes, a mimosa flight, and a DJ spinning from 12-3 pm. New items include breakfast in a bun with scrambled eggs, bacon, pesto aioli, tomato, smoked mozzarella, arugula, and potatoes; crispy cheddar tacos with cheesy eggs, bacon, pepper, and potatoes; and truffle egg toast with scrambled eggs, truffle cheese sauce, and arugula salad. A new mimosa flight includes orange juice, grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, and housemade ginger lime.
Pinstack, the bowling restaurant entertainment spot, has new summer dishes including watermelon salad in a lemon mint vinaigrette; mojo grilled chicken with Southwest cauliflower rice; taco supreme pizza, a personal 10-inch pizza with queso, seasoned beef, jalapeño and tortilla strips; cheese fries with bacon; and a "twenty dollar burger" with two half-pound patties, double cheese, smoked sausage, onion rings, and bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers. New drinks include sangria, Key lime pie martini, and a cucumber mule. It's available starting June 4 at all three area locations in Plano, Las Colinas, and Allen.
Hide, the Deep Ellum foodie bar, has a new spring/summer menu that also includes 23 new signature cocktails, including "Proud Mary in Provence" with gin, clarified tomato, clarified lemon, herbs de provence, black and green cardamon; and Green Tara with vodka, jasmine green tea, pear, lemongrass, coriander, lemon, and lime. On the food front, new dishes include fig and goat cheese toast with thick-cut grilled sourdough, goat cheese, spiced wine-poached figs, and arugula; twice-fried whole chicken wings with choice of sticky Thai sauce with fresnos or house wing sauce with Parmesan; endive salad with oranges, goat cheese, and marcona almonds; and Brussels sprouts with grapes, dried apricots, green apple, and lemon vinaigrette.
Blatt Beer & Table, the gastropub at Preston Hollow Village, has a limited-edition summer menu with sliders and drinks. The "summer sliders" have Angus beef and smoked pulled pork on a split top bun, with coleslaw, chicharrónes, red onion, and garlic dill pickle. Drinks include a blueberry-mint mojito with Cruzan rum, lime agave elixir, blueberries, and mint; and a "smoke & spice" margarita with Sauza Blue Silver tequila, lime agave jalapeño elixir, and atomized Nucano Jovan mezcal. Oh yes.
Freebirds World Burrito, the Texas burrito chain, has a new line of dishes with smoked brisket, including brisket burritos, nachos, and loaded queso.
Mimi's Café the now Dallas-based chain, has four new summertime menu items of American classics with a touch of BBQ inspiration, available until July 5. There are loaded cheddar fries with bacon and green onions, served with ranch dressing; barbecue pulled pork hash potatoes with pulled pork, barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese, and diced red onions; barbecue pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and French fries; and funnel cake with strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream.
Cotton Patch Café, the Southern comfort food chain, is also pushing the Americana theme with a limited-edition seasonal menu, available through August 26, that is described as being reminiscent of backyard barbecues and summertime celebrations. There's a chicken-fried ribs appetizer with four chicken-fried ribs served with BBQ sauce or ranch; baby back ribs in full- or half-rack portions; an avocado burger, IE a steakhouse burger topped with avocado; onion rings, available as a side or a topping; and coconut cream pie, but topped with meringue rather than whipped cream.
3Eleven Kitchen & Cocktails, the newish restaurant-bar in the West End, has a new brunch menu available Saturday-Sunday from 11 am-2 pm. Dishes include doughnut holes with mixed berry jam and chocolate ganache; a cowboy omelet with strip steak, onion, tomato, and gouda cheese; a chicken-fried steak and biscuit with pepper country gravy. Drinks include pineapple or blood orange mimosa, a "shareable" mimosa, or "Something's Got To Give," with vodka, espresso, galliano ristretto, and chocolate bitters. The lunch menu is also available during brunch service, which features sandwiches, burgers, and salads.
Grimaldi's Pizzeria, the famed New York-style pizza chain, has a new menu for summer, beginning June 4, which reflects the flavors of summertime. Barbecue chicken pizza has Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce with chicken, bacon, red onion, and cilantro. Strawberry spinach salad has baby spinach, feta cheese, red onion, almonds, and strawberries in strawberry vinaigrette. Blueberry cheesecake is a vanilla cheesecake with blueberry swirl, topped with granola and blueberries. New cocktails include berry ginger fizz with vodka, St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur, raspberries, and Goslings Stormy Ginger Beer; and watermelon crush, perfect for tequila lovers with Casamigos Blanco tequila, Cointreau, Monin watermelon puree, lime juice, basil, and watermelon chunks.
Wheelhouse, the Design District gastropub, has new action happening at brunch including all-vinyl DJs, which one presumes means they are spinning vinyl rather than made of vinyl. New cocktails include the Texas Sunrise, and new dishes include a vegan breakfast bowl, fried green tomato benedict, an "all-American" breakfast, and shrimp and grits. That all sounds good, especially the fried green tomato benedict. On Sundays, you can just dispense with brunch and get a burger and a draft beer for $10. Brunch is served 10 am-2 pm; the vinyl thing begins at 11 am.
It'Sugar, the specialty candy retailer whose empire of more than 100 retail locations in 26 states includes one at Dallas' Victory Park, has launched a limited-edition Giant All-Pink Starburst Box of the strawberry flavor, no variety, all strawberry. By "giant," they mean a 14-ounce box. The box is $15 and is also available online at for a limited time. The quote from founder Jeff Rubin is funny: "It'Sugar is all about catering to our guests' sweet cravings, and it is no secret that many Starburst fans have a favorite flavor, and that flavor is often pink." At It'Sugar, the color pink is a flavor.
Sablon, the chocolate lounge at West Village, has a new line of summer shakes. Three extravagant shakes will be added to the Grand Chocshakes collection, known for being both decadent and Instagram-worthy. June's new flavors include Waffle Shake, Black Forest Shake, and Sweet Banana Pie Shake.
Golden Chick, the chicken chain founded in Texas in 1967, has reopened its location at 410 W. Kiest Blvd. in Dallas, following an exhaustive five-month renovation. The redesigned interior now reflects the chain's new models with a fresh stucco paprika-colored exterior. Franchisee Joseph Omobogie owns and operates 10 Golden Chick restaurants in Corsicana, Dallas, Desoto, Duncanville, Ennis, Garland, Mesquite, and Midlothian. He also plans to renovate the locations in Mesquite and on South Buckner Boulevard.
CityLine, the Richardson mixed-use complex, will host Four Seasons Markets every Friday in June from 2-6 pm in the Plaza. More than 25 vendors will offer produce, meat, eggs, honey, desserts, bread, olive oil, jams, salsa, dips and spreads, skincare, jewelry, candles, plants and flowers.