Summer is often the time when restaurants close, not open. But in 2018, the openings in the Dallas-Fort Worth area keep on coming. The population in the area is growing, and new developments keep going up, making the restaurant scene feel unseasonably upbeat.
Here's what's coming up:
Akira Back Steak is a steakhouse-Korean BBQ combo opening at Grandscape, the mixed-use development in The Colony, from chef Akir Back; he's also opening an Asian restaurant called Akira Back. Late 2018.
Andy's Frozen Custard will open a location on the northern edge of Frisco in a new outdoor shopping center at 11375 Frisco St., near Eldorado Parkway. The chain is known for frozen custard, milkshakes, floats, and sundaes. Frisco loves Andy's; this is the city's third location, and the ninth in DFW. Opening in June.
Azucar Ice Cream Company, an artisanal shop located in Little Havana, is coming to Dallas: It'll open a shop in the Bishop Arts District, where it will spin out its line of iconic Cuban and tropical flavors such as flan, plátano maduro, and passionfruit. June 2018.
B. Frank & Relish is a new concept opening at The Boardwalk at Granite Park complex at the southeast corner of the Dallas North Tollway and SH 121, where it will join already opened restaurants such as Hookline Seafood and Biscuit Bar. Its eclectic menu will include wings, salads, grilled artichokes, local beer, and wine on tap. Opening summer.
Beyond The Box is the sandwich shop and take out spot from chef Doug Brown, which does gourmet sandwiches, salads, and boxed meals in downtown Dallas and in Irving. A third location will open at Urban8, the reinvented outdoor food court at The Colony. Summer 2018.
BingBox Snow Cream Co. is the Korean-style shaved ice concept first launched in New York City bingsu which is opening a second location in Dallas' Trinity Groves complex, where they'll serve their the refreshing, light-as-air shaved ice. Opening June 15.
Burgundy Swine, a modern take on the traditional wine bar with an emphasis on the Burgundy region of France will open at Victory Park, with a dog-friendly patio, lounge seating, and fire pit, next to Olivella's. Summer 2018.
Burger Craft is a fast-casual concept in Kissimmee, Florida which marries the craft-your-own burger experience with "conscious" choices such as grass-fed beef and eco-friendly containers. They'll open at the Urban8 center in summer 2018, with another location to follow in Allen.
Caketales is a just-opened bakery in Frisco at 6975 Lebanon Rd., serving what they call "the most delicate" cupcakes, cakes, cake rolls, cookies, and other pastries. Their icing is fashioned to look like flowers.
ChopShop Live is a bar-restaurant-venue opening in Roanoke from country music act Randy Rogers and the team that owns the similarly-themed ChopShop Sports Garage in Carrollton. The menu will feature family-friendly new American cuisine. Opening July 14.
Circo Dallas is a licensed spinoff of Le Cirque in New York, founded by the famed Maccioni family. The Dallas location, which has been in the works in Uptown for two years, will be a two-story restaurant with a resort-style pool and spa. Opening date supposedly summer 2018 but who knows.
Crushcraft Thai will open a second location at The Star in Frisco. The restaurant does a modern take on Thai street food with dishes such as pad Thai and Thai fried rice, along with a full bar that includes sake. The original opened in Uptown Dallas restaurant in 2014. July 2018.
Doc B's Fresh Kitchen is newly-opened in the brand new McKinney & Olive building in Uptown Dallas at the corner of McKinney Avenue and Harwood Street. The restaurant is part of a Chicago chain that serves from-scratch salads, burgers, and sandwiches, with a full bar and craft beer. Another location will open in Forth Worth by 2019.
Edith's French Bistro will open a location at Urban8 in The Colony. Like the original at Mockingbird Station, it will serve French baked goods, plus breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including crepes, duck confit tartine, nicoise salad, and short rib poutine. Opening summer.
El Vecino will open a second location in Dallas' Travis Walk, where it will take over the space recently vacated by Fernando's Mexican. El Vecino is the Tex-Mex concept from John McBride, whose family founded the El Fenix chain. The original El Vecino is in Lake Highlands. Opening summer 2018.
Firewheel Coffee is a coffee shop in Garland serving the usual menu of coffee drinks along with snacks and free wi-fi. A second location will open at Urban8 in The Colony in summer 2018.
Fuzzy's Taco Shop will open a location at 4621 W. Park Blvd. at the intersection of Preston Road in Plano, in what was previously Kostas Cafe, part of the small Greek chain that closed this location in 2017. June 2018.
Guy Fieri restaurant at Texas Live. The charismatic food TV personality and host of Diners, Driveins and Dives will open a restaurant at the splashy Texas Live development in Arlington. Cuisine and theme are still to be announced, but the restaurant will open in fall 2018.
The Henry, one of many restaurants under the Fox Restaurant Concepts umbrella, will open its third location at The Union in downtown Dallas. The two-story American brasserie will feature two bars and will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, with a coffee bar that opens at 6:30 am daily. Opening October 2018.
Hillside Tavern, a sibling of Rapscallion and Boulevardier, will open at Hillside Village, the highly visible center at the corner of Abrams Road and Mockingbird Lane. Late 2018.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar, the Austin-based better-burger chain, will open a new DFW location in Southlake, at 120 Main St. in Southlake Town Square. This is the sixth DFW location. Opens June 11.
The Dapper Doughnut, a St, Louis-based chain known for mini-doughnuts served hot from the fryer, will open a stand at Crockett Street Food Hall, the food hall coming-soon to Crocket Row at West 7th. Opening fall 2018.
Graze is a comfort food concept from Fort Worth chef Grady Spears, owner of Horseshoe Hill Cafe in the Stockyards, that will be part of Crockett Street Food Hall, the food hall coming-soon to Crocket Row at West 7th. Opening fall 2018.
Howard Wang's China Grill, the small but glitzy Dallas chain, will open a location at The Star in Frisco at 6740 Winning Dr.. Signature dishes include mango chicken, ginger beef tenderloin, and vanilla prawn. This will be the fourth DFW branch. June 2018.
Imoto is an Asian restaurant opening in Victory Park from Kent and Tracy Rathbun at 2400 Victory Park Ln. upscale, and will serve favorites from various Asian cultures in a contemporary style. There'll be sharable plates and a traditional sushi bar. June 7.
Jenevein's is a Cajun sandwich spot opening in Frisco at 360 Stonebrook Pkwy., across from the new Walmart, where it will serve New Orleans-inspired dishes including po'boys, Creole chicken, and sausage gumbo, along with burgers, sandwiches, fries, and a catfish basket. Summer 2018.
Jihwaja Korean BBQ is a traditional and authentic Korean-style barbecue restaurant opening at The Star in Frisco. Their website says that the cuisine is largely based on rice, vegetables, and meats, but the meats generally seem to get most of the attention. Meanwhile, a site called Import Genius says that they've imported some clay ovens from London. Opening summer 2018.
Kai Asian Bistro is a southern Asian cuisine concept from restaurateur Alberto Lombardi, centered around an open wok kitchen, overseen byRichard Chen, formerly of Ritz Carlton Chicago, the Peninsula Chicago, and Wing Let at the Wynn Las Vegas. Opening summer 2018.
Knife, the steakhouse from Top Chef alumni John Tesar, will open at the Shops at Willow Bend in Plano. The original opened at the Highland Dallas hotel in 2014. This location will feature a companion Knife Burger as well as a butcher shop. In addition to Knife's innovative steak cuts, the Plano restaurant will feature dishes from Tesar's now-closed seafood restaurant Spoon. Opening August 2018.
Knife Burger, the burger concept from Top Chef alumni John Tesar, will open in Fort Worth at Crockett Street Food Hall, the food hall coming-soon to Crocket Row at West 7th. Opening September 2018.
Kung Fu Tea will open a location in Frisco at 9292 Warren Pkwy. Kung Fu is an international chain headquartered in New York that specializes in Taiwanese-style bubble tea, milk tea, and punch tea. All the tea. This will be the third location in Frisco and No. 10 in DFW. Opening June 2018.
Lazy Dog, the Colorado chain known for its seasonal menu and casual vibe, is opening a location in Arlington, at the upscale Arlington Highlands shopping center. at 241 E. I-20. True to form, the restaurant will boast a dog-friendly patio with outdoor fire pits and lounge areas. There are currently three DFW locations in Addison, Euless, and Plano. Opening fall 2018.
Lockhart Smokehouse, the acclaimed local barbecue chain from Jill and Jeff Bergus, will open a location at Texas Live, the Arlington complex. This will be the third location, following the original in Oak Cliff and a second that opened in Plano in 2014. Fall 2018.
Louie King BBQ is a barbecue joint going into the space famously known as the former Daddy Jack's from Sameer Patel and Patrick Bruce, the team behind Feed Company, the nearby restaurant and bourbon lounge. August 2018.
Macellaio, the new restaurant from Jennifer and David Uygur, opens in Oak Cliff just a block away from their acclaimed Italian restaurant Lucia. They're describing this as a bigger, more casual concept focusing on house-made salumi and bread, and dishes inspired by Italy, France, and Spain. It opens June 5.
Maya's Modern Mediterranean is a fast-casual, family-friendly restaurant serving Middle Eastern food with a fresh, healthy approach. The menu includes hummus, falafel that's "air-baked" instead of fried, kebabs, salads, and pita made in-house. It's going into the former Alligator Cafe space at Casa Linda Plaza. Opening mid- to late-summer.
Mexican Bar Co. is a new restaurant and bar opening at the Shops at Willow Bend, with an elusive chef still to be named and a menu that is described thus far as having house-made corn tortillas, guacamole, and salsa. Hopefully it will have entrees, too. Opening fall 2018.
Monster Yogurt is a family-friendly self-serve yogurt and ice cream parlor concept opening at the Urban8 complex in The Colony with an "extreme" theme — lots of vivid colors like orange and chartreuse, and desserts they call "scary good." This is the third location, following Dallas and Richardson. Opening summer 2018.
Moxie's, the Canadian sports bar-gastropub, will open a second location in Plano, at the Sandman Signature Hotel at Dallas North Tollway and SH-121.The first in the Dallas area opened at The Crescent in Uptown in 2016. Plano opens in summer 2018.
National Anthem is a restaurant going into the vintage triangular Magnolia Oil building in downtown Dallas from favorite chef Nick Badovinus. Fall 2018.
Nékter Juice Bar, the Southern California-based juice bar, is opening a second restaurant in Fort Worth Left Bank Shopping Center. June 9.
Not Just Q is a barbecue spot from former TCU football star David Hawthorne and a spinoff of the popular Dallas food truck featuring chef Eric Hansen's menu of barbecue, sides, and dishes such as brisket nachos. It'll open at the Crockett Row Food Hall in summer 2018.
Original ChopShop, the Phoenix-based fast-casual healthy restaurant chain that specializes in bowls, will open at 6401 Hillcrest Ave., in the former Goff's Hamburger space in University Park. They opened their first DFW location in Las Colinas and have another in the works for Plano. Fall 2018.
Pho Corner is a casual Vietnamese restaurant based in Tennessee that's opening two DFW locations: one at the Urban8 complex in The Colony, and another in Allen. They specialize in pho, along with rice platters, spring rolls, banh mi, and smoothies. Summer 2018.
Pizzeria Testa is the Neapolitan-style pizzeria concept in Frisco that's opening a second location on Greenville Avenue, in the prime spot that used to be Kirby's Steakhouse. Opening June 2018.
PMA is a drop-in spot serving coffee, doughnuts, and to-go items, going into the vintage triangular Magnolia Oil building in downtown Dallas from favorite chef Nick Badovinus. Fall 2018.
Porch Swing is a new concept from Antonio Swad, founder of Pizza Patron and Wingstop, with a 300-seat restaurant serving Southern cuisine, along with a full pie bakery and store. It'll open in Mesquite in fall 2018.
Press Waffle Co., featuring "Liege-style" waffles which are sweeter than regular Belgian waffles, will open a location at the Crockett Row Food Hall in Fort Worth. They already have a location at Legacy Food Hall in Plano. Summer 2018.
Punch Bowl Social is the Denver-based chain that is opening a location in a long unoccupied space in Deep Ellum at the corner of Main Street and Good Latimer Freeway, where it will combine bowling alley, restaurant, and bar. There are 10 locations in cities such as Austin, Portland, and Detroit. Opening June 2018.
Roti Grill is the fast-casual Indian restaurant spinoff of India Palace, serving dishes such as tandoori chicken and samosas. A second location will open at The Star in Frisco, at 6770 Winning Dr., following the original that opened on McKinney Avenue in 2006. Summer 2018.
Rush Bowls is a Colorado-based fast-casual restaurant chain known for healthy meals in a bowl, made with nuts, fruit, yogurt, and granola. The first location in DFW will open in Flower Mound, at The Shops at Lakeside at FM 2499 and Lakeside Parkway. July 2018.
Rustic Flatbreads is a fast-casual Italian restaurant opening at Urban8 in The Colony that does just what its name suggests: flatbread pizzas. Toppings such as fig, arugula, and gorgonzola cheese are impressively gourmet. Summer 2018.
Saltgrass Steak House, the steakhouse from Houston-based Landry's, is opening a location in Bedford at 1813 Highway 121, with lunch menu prices starting at $10.29, and the No Bull Lounge, offering specially priced appetizers, beer, margaritas, and wines by the glass. Open June 5.
San Martín Bakery is a bakery-restaurant from Guatemala that will open its first location outside of Central America in Dallas' trendy Uptown neighborhood, where it will offer European-styled baked goods including sourdough breads, croissants, and other puff pastries, along with a cozy cafe open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Late summer 2018.
Shark Club is a sports bar sibling of Moxie's, the Canadian gastropub which opened in Uptown Dallas in 2016. Shark Club will open at the Sandman Signature Hotel, along with the second DFW location of Moxie's. Summer 2018.
Shayna's Place is a Rhole Island-born sandwich and coffee shop that will open a location in Texas at Sylvan | Thirty. The business provides employment opportunities for people with special needs. Late summer.
Shell Shack, the small local chain noted for its spicy boiled shellfish such as shrimp, crawfish, and crab, opens its location at 2326 N. Henderson Ave., most recently occupied by Mellow Mushroom Pizza, and before that, Hacienda on Henderson, but which many still know as the former Cuquita's. Opens June 21.
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, the hot-hot breakfast and brunch spot, opens its first location in the DFW area in Addison, following locations in Houston and Austin. Look for omelets, pancakes, corned beef hash, breakfast tacos, and a fun atmosphere. Opening June 6.
Steam Theory Brewing Co. is a brewery-gastropub opening in West Dallas incubator Trinity Groves. They'll do small-batch beer in many varieties, and a menu of food to match, overseen by chef Michael Weinstein. Opening summer 2018.
Taco Cielo is a small local Tex-Mex restaurant chain founded in 2006 with three locations that serves fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, and more. A fourth opens at Urban8 in The Colony in summer 2018.
Taco Y Vino is a one-of-a-kind taqueria in Oak Cliff from industry vets Jimmy Contreras and Sharon Van Meter that pairs tacos with wine. Open June 5.
Terra Mediterranean Grill will open at the Shops at Willow Bend in Plano, serving the same fine middle Eastern food it serves at its locations in Irving and Fort Worth. In addition to its traditional Mediterranean foods, the Willow Bend location will serve specialty items such as sea bass and trout at dinner. Summer 2018.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill, the Portland, Oregon-based chain which made its DFW debut in 2017 with a location at Toyota Music Factory in Irving, will open a second in Euless, at Glade Parks. November 2018.
Torchy's Tacos, the popular taco chain, opens a location in Las Colinas at 7855 Las Colinas Ridge in Irving. June 5.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe will open locations in Frisco, Hurst, and North Richland Hills, bringing the total to 10 in the DFW area. Founded in Florida in 1997, the chain serves pressed sandwiches, wraps, flatbreads, salads, and smoothies. Summer 2018.
Troy's is the restaurant and beer hall from former Dallas Cowboys player Troy Aikman, opening at Texas Live in the Arlington Entertainment District. The menu will include healthy lunch and dinner options, burgers, cocktails, wine, and beer.It'll also have an indoor/outdoor stage with live music daily and a major LED display for sports events. Opening late 2018.
T-Swirl Crepe is a New York-based concept opening in Frisco at 9292 Warren Pkwy. It's a crepe shop that serves Japanese crepes made from gluten-free rice flour batter, which are rolled like cones and filled with savory items and sweet, from Thai chicken salad to bananas and chocolate. This is the second DFW location; the first is in Carrollton. June 2018.
Vidorra is a Tex-Mex restaurant-bar opening in Deep Ellum from Milkshake Concepts (Stirr). It's going into the former Ruby Room, a multipurpose space that has a dining room, ground-floor patio, and rooftop patio. Summer 2018.
Vinetti's is an upscale restaurant-bar with live entertainment and a cigar room, going into the former Stone Trail space at 14833 Midway Rd. in Addison. Opening mid-June.
Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar is a sports bar with a Cajun menu opening at Grandscape in the Cology, with a large patio and beer garden. 2019.
Whiskey Cake, the Plano restaurant from Frontburner (Legacy Hall, Mexican Sugar), has a just-opened second location in Las Colinas.
Whistlebritches, the fried chicken and biscuit restaurant in North Dallas from chef and Tastemaker Awards winner Omar Flores, is opening a second location at the Shops at Willow Bend in Plano. Summer 2018.