West Dallas eatery complex Trinity Groves is unrolling a new sushi spot, because that is what you do with sushi spots, you roll and unroll. Called Temakeria, it's described in a release as a Japanese temaki-style sushi spot, and is slated to open on May 16 in the former V-Eats space at 3011 Gulden Ln. #102.
Temakeria is from Trinity Groves Restaurant Group, led by husband-and-wife Julian and Alexa Rodarte, who are overseeing the development of Trinity Groves and whose previous collaborations have included Lexy's and Nitro Burger.
Temakeria is their black-and-white "2D restaurant" designed for picturesque moments and sensory dining, with a menu of Japanese sushi, hand rolls, and sashimi, served in 3D printed vessels, plus colorful cocktails.
In a statement, Julian explains the name:
"The name 'Temakeria' is a play on words using the Japanese word for hand rolls 'temaki' and taqueria," he says. "The idea is to enjoy taco-shaped temaki in a picturesque setting the way you would eat tacos at a taqueria."
Featured dishes will include lobster karage, poke nachos, gyoza, and hand rolls filled with toro, salmon, unagi, softshell crab, and more.
Temakeria will also be vegan-friendly with vegetable hand rolls, vegan appetizers, and a dessert utilizing tofu to make a matcha tofu crème brûlée, yes totally here for that, thank you.
The bar will serve spirits, sake, beer, wine with a cocktail list crafted by mixologists Joe Renteria, who co-founded Racho Mezcal, and Daniel Ayala, with a focus on authentic Japanese ingredients and vibrant colors.
The 1,694-square-foot space has seating for 40, including an eight-seat sushi bar, and a 1,200-square-foot patio. Interior design is by Alexa Rodarte.
"My inspiration for this design comes all the way from Asia and I have been anticipating this design for over a year, waiting to pair it with the perfect concept," she says. "When Julian told me the next restaurant we were creating was Japanese, I knew it was the perfect match."
They worked with artists and designers including Dallas artist Jonathan Freeman, known as Jonathan Krown, who did the hand-drawn art on the walls; and 18-year-old designer Taylor Dobson, who created the temaki holders out of organic plant based PLA material that is food safe and matched Alexa's design.
It'll be open for dinner daily, plus lunch Friday-Sunday.
Julian says he's had this concept in mind for a while, stating, "I am excited Phil Romano gave me the opportunity to bring it to life here at Trinity Groves. After the success of Beto & Son, Lexy’s and Nitro Burger we are excited to keep opening more fun, delicious and exciting concepts at Trinity Groves like Temakeria to join the ranks of the other known and loved concepts like St. Rocco’s, Kate Weiser, Art Park, and Cake Bar."