If you agree with the theory that restaurant openings are a sign of a good economy, then you'd have to grant 2013 as a boffo year around Dallas-Fort Worth. Diners enjoyed a wild year of restaurants openings, big and small, and welcomed all sorts of new concepts and cuisines. It's especially exciting for CultureMap Dallas, since reporting on new restaurants is one of our favorite hobbies, along with making lists and checking them twice.
Sadly, 2013 was not just about openings; there were closings, too, including some old-timers that have been around for more than 20 years.
We've already made lists of the best restaurants of 2013, the best bars and the biggest food stories of the year. It's not enough! Now we offer our master list of all the meaningful restaurant openings that took place around Dallas-Fort Worth, not counting chains. There's over 100. We counted. We also list the closures and reasons why, plus the restaurants that underwent some kind of change in address, name or concept. We look forward to more openings — and more lists — in 2014.
Aloha Hawaiian BBQ. Spam on Lemmon Ave.
Apeizza. Neapolitan-style in the 'burbs.
Apollonia's Italian Kitchen. Italian-American in Richardson.
Bambu Desserts & Drinks. Bubble tea!
Barter. Tim Love menu on McKinney Ave.
Battuto Italian Kitchen. Former radio personalities in FND.
Beck's Prime. Aspirational burger chain.
Belly & Trumpet. One of 2013's best.
Bird Cafe. Meddlesome Moth in Fort Worth.
BonChon Chicken. Korean-born fried chicken.
Bowlounge. Bowling in the Design District.
Boxwood Tap & Grill. Old TABC space.
Bread Zeppelin. Cool sandwichy twist on salad bar concept.
The Break Bar & Grill. First eatery in Addison's Vitruvian Park.
Cafe 43. George Bush Library canteen.
Cafe Bene. Coffee and snacks in Carrollton.
Cafe Herrera. At Mockingbird Station.
Campuzano. From beautiful downtown Midlothian to Oak Lawn Ave.
Cane Rosso White Rock. Offshoot of Deep Ellum pizzeria.
CBD Provisions. Tristan Simon at the Joule.
Charcol. West African restaurant in Plano.
Chicken Al Mattone. Cool "pressed" chicken from nice mom-and-pop in Frisco.
Chop House Steaks & Seafood. Chef Kenny Mills does a steakhouse in Arlington.
Crisp Salad Co. Snappy Salads wannabe.
Cubiertos. Mexican in old Savour spot on the DNT.
Dallas Beer Kitchen. Bloggers-turned-restaurateurs on Greenville Ave.
Dee Lincoln Steak and Burger Bar. Steak lady takes over JoJo's space.
Del Frisco’s Grille. Branch in Fort Worth.
East Hampton Sandwich Co. Lobster rolls in Snider Plaza and Plano.
Ferrari's Pizza. NY-style in Plano.
The Fish. Former Dream Cafe guy opens his own place in Oak Cliff.
Flying Horse Cafe. Coffee spot at downtown Dallas Magnolia.
FM Smoke House. BBQ in Irving from Holy Grail Pub.
Full Circle Tavern. Bar-restaurant in South Side at Lamar.
Gangnam Sushi House. Carrollton restaurant boasts unique name.
Gas Monkey Bar & Grill. Owners are on TV.
Gemma. New foodie hotspot from California husband-and-wife.
Glazed Donut Works. Designer doughnuts in Deep Ellum.
Genaro’s Mexican Cuisine. Comeback for '80s Tex-Mex restaurateur.
Grub Burger Bar. Hopdoddy clone.
Haystack Burgers. Richardson neighborhood burger place.
HG Sply Co. Paleo, manly, meat, boom.
Hofmann Hots. Hot dogs from Phil Romano.
Hospitality Sweet. Downtown Dallas bakery.
I Heart Kolache. Kolaches of every kind in Flower Mound.
Iron Chef Rastaraunt. Spicy Caribbean in South Dallas.
Joyce & Gigi's Kitchen. South-American mom-and-daughter spot in East Dallas.
Kenny’s Smoke House. Kenny of Kenny's fame does barbecue too.
Kinoko. Sweet Japanese in downtown Plano.
Lark on the Park. Meddlesome Moth, only fancier.
Latin Pig. Cuban in Plano.
Le Bilboquet. Frenchy French at Travis Walk.
Liberty Burger Lakewood. Dallas' own better-burger chain.
Little Red Wasp. Casual cousin of The Grape in downtown FW.
The Lot. Sandpit in the back, Sharon Hage menu in the front.
Mash'd. "Moonshine" trend hits Dallas.
Max's Wine Dive. Fried chicken and champagne in FW.
Mercat Bistro. Sophisticated Harwood District drop-in.
Mesero Miguel. Mico does Mr. Mesero spin-off on Henderson Ave.
Mexican Sugar Cocina y Cantina. Mexican from Twin Peaks.
Miss Chi Vietnamese. From the Wicked Po'Boys folks.
Monkey King Noodle Co. Noodles before your eyes in Deep Ellum.
Mot Hai Ba. Top chefs do authentic North Vietnamese.
Mudsmith. Coffee from Barcadia gal.
Mutt's Cantina. Dogs + patio + hot dogs.
Pacific Table. Chic seafood from FW chef Felipe Armenta.
Pakpao. Design District Thai from owners of Oak.
Peak and Elm. Charming Mexican from Jesse Moreno Sr and Jesse Jr.
Pepe's Ranch. Pepe & Mito's spinoff does breakfast and lunch.
Pho House. Pho by the Galleria.
Pizzeria Testa. Cane Rosso wannabe in Frisco.
Pop Diner. Kitschy spot in West Village.
Queenie's. Tim Love does a steakhouse in Denton.
Reverie Bakeshop. Vegan bakery in Richardson.
Revolver Taco Lounge. Taqueria in FW's tony West 7th district.
Rice & Wheat. Maple Avenue find has pho, sushi and no MSG.
Roman Cucina. Italian-American from California. What a country!
Ron's Corner Tavern. Craft beer for the mid-cities.
The Rustic. Outdoor spot co-owned by Pat Green.
Sakhuu Thai Cuisine. Pad Thai and calming vibe in East Dallas.
Samson's Hot Dogs. Gourmet hot dogs on Oak Lawn.
Savor. Official (and glamorous) eatery of Klyde Warren Park
Sera Dining and Wine. Upscale Fort Worth restaurant in old Sapristi! space.
Shady's Burgers. Richardson sure does like its neighborhood burger joints.
Slow Bone. BBQ from Maple & Motor owner Jack Perkins.
Social House Uptown. Texas grub and drinks in old Arcodoro-Pomodoro space.
Sprinkles Ice Cream. Cupcakery branches out into frozen desserts.
Stupid Good Coffee. Oddly-located coffee spot in downtown Dallas.
Tanoshii Ramen + Bar. RAMEN. In Deep Ellum.
Taverna Rossa. Pizzeria with consult from chef Brian Luscher.
Three Squares. Hipster diner in Frisco.
Three Stacks Smoke and Tap House. Name-brand BBQ guy in the 'burbs.
TJ’s Seafood Market and Grill. Reliable, fresh fish from seafood vendor.
Trinity Groves: Amberjax, Casa Rubia, Chino Chinatown, Kitchen LTO, LUCK, Resto Gastro Bistro, Souk
True Food Kitchen. Upscale healthy from Arizona.
20 Feet Seafood Joint. Low-key fish house from chefs Marc Cassel and Susan Fries.
Uno Due Go. Little sibling of Chicago-style Pizzeria Uno.
Urban Vines Wine Bistro. Where Cafe Lago was.
Veranda Italian Bistro. Michelin-starred chef does Italian in the Colony.
Waldron Lounge. Bishop Arts gets macho.
Waters. FW chef Jon Bonnell's stab at seafood.
Weekend Coffee. Coffee as only the Joule can do it.
Woolworth. Nostalgic bar in downtown Dallas.
Work Bar and Grill. BBQ-slash-guys joint in Deep Ellum.
Zeno's Meatball Kitchen. Chef Doug Brown goes meatball-crazy.
Zesty Mexican Grill. Mexican as executed by Indian restaurateur.
Zoli’s New York Pizza Tavern. Cane Rosso sibling sings "New York New York".
Angelo's. Landlord lockout.
Boca Chica. Part of the Restaurants America meltdown.
Cafe des Artistes. One Arts Plaza jinx?
Cantina Laredo in Lakewood. Bring back old El Chico, sob.
Cantina Laredo at Inwood Village. Making way for Trader Joe's.
Charlie Palmer at the Joule. Replaced by CBD Provisions.
Elevation Burger. We like our burgers unhealthy.
The Fish. Doomed spot in West Village.
Humperdink's in Richardson. After 23 years.
Jack's Southern Food. Parking problems.
J. Pepe's on Greenville Ave. Announced on Facebook.
JoJo's. Dee Lincoln took over the space.
Londoner in Uptown. Rent problems.
Mextopia. Ricardo Avila didn't last on Greenville Ave.
Mockingbird Taproom. Locked out.
Naan Sushi/Uptown. There's still one in Plano.
Nosh Euro Bistro (Plano). Avner dials it down.
Ocho Kitchen + Bar. Replaced by Mi Piaci.
Pearl Cup Coffee on Henderson. To be replaced by Houndstooth.
Pizza Villa. Beloved Richardson old-timer beset by family squabble.
Primo's Uptown. Right before Christmas.
Pozo Mercado. Along with sibling Sfuzzi.
Purple Cow. Shut down two outa three locations.
Rare. Bill McCrorey "bites the dust."
Restaurant Ava. Following death of chef-owner Randall Copeland.
Rosemont. Premature ending to Deep Ellum breakfast spot.
Savour Kitchen. Replaced by Cubiertos.
Sfuzzi. Closed or is it moving?
Townhouse Kitchen and Bar. More Restaurants America meltdown.
Tried and True. Henderson Ave not for Nick.
Watel's Bistro in Dallas. Replaced by Mot Hai Ba.
West End Pub. After 25 years.
City Park Cafe. Former Rusty's Taco space in Main Street Garden.
El Corazon Vintage Tex-Mex. Formerly El Corazon de Tejas.
Jeng Chi. Moved to nicer digs.
Mattito's. Moved from Oak Lawn to Cedar Springs.
Mi Piaci. Moved from Addison to Preston Center.
My Family Pizza. Formerly Pizza By Marco's.
Origin. Expanded from coffee shop to restaurant.
Peak Grill. Former Bowen's Cafe Expresso.
Private Social. Became Barter.
Snuffer's. Closed, changed hands, changed name, never mind, opening again.
Sushi Zushi. Moved from Oak Lawn to West Village.
Village Kitchen/Toko V. Revamped Village Kitchen, in Highland Park Village.
Yama Sushi. Former Sushiyama. Backwards, see?