In some odd convergence, the middle of August is emerging as a hot time for restaurants to open. Within the next week or so, at least five anticipated spots open their doors, offering Dallas-Fort Worth diners new options for coffee, sweets, pizza, Tex-Mex and downtown dining.
Local restaurateurs have enjoyed good business this summer, and it looks like there's more to come.
Cane Rosso in Fairview
Jay Jerrier won't give a date on the opening of his fourth branch of Cane Rosso, but it'll happen in about two weeks. There's an oven designed by executive chef Dino Santonicola, and pizzaiolo Rob Bristow, who worked at Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana in Vegas. One new menu twist: rectangular family-size pizzas baked in a deck oven, available weekend nights only.
Third location of the Austin mini-chain opened August 13 in the old Pearl Cup space on Henderson Avenue, with beans from a variety of sources, including java-fiend favorite Counter Culture Coffee. There is also Coffer, a carbonated coffee beverage from Austin.
Kate Weiser Chocolate
Trinity Grove sweets shop from chocolatier Kate Weiser opens August 19 with her colorful, gem-like chocolates in exotic flavors such as sweet potato, caramelized pineapple and buttery popcorn. Stick around for ice cream and decadent drinks, including espresso.
Tacos, tortas, enchiladas and burritos are among the dishes at this Tex-Mex restaurant in Fort Worth slated to open August 19. Restaurateur Monica Greene, most recently of the failed Oak Cliff restaurant BEE Enchiladeria, consulted on the menu.
Proof + Pantry
This American restaurant and bar, going into the One Arts Plaza spot previously occupied by The Greek, keeps pushing back its opening, but the tentative date is August 21. P+P is fronted by barman Michael Martensen, which means the drinks will go toe-to-toe with the progressive yet approachable American fare priced from $10 to $30.