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Surprise round of Dallas restaurant openings beats the summer doldrums

Surprise round of Dallas restaurant openings beats the summer doldrums

Cedar Grove salmon
Salmon is on the menu at Cedar Grove. Photo by Kevin Marple

Things we expect in Dallas during the summer: heat. Things we do not expect: restaurant openings — because in the restaurant world, summer is traditionally a slow time of the year. But despair not, as this week, diners can look forward to some notable exceptions. Here are three hot spots that are opening:

Cuellar's Fajita Ranch. This new restaurant from Dallas' most famous Tex-Mex family opens June 20 in Plano, at US 75 and Parker Road. Cousins Gilbert and John Cuellar are taking the best dishes from El Corazon Vintage Tex-Mex, their restaurant in Oak Cliff, and then adding in some new offerings. It has a full bar with trademark margaritas and is open for dinner first, then lunch. A renovation of the space has added handsome wood fixtures and a classic Texas theme. The restaurant is going into what was most recently the Hangout. Prior to that, it was a Duke's Roadhouse, as well as a Hoffbrau Steaks.

Cedar Grove. The former Dish Cedar Springs has been reimagined as Cedar Grove, a "nature-inspired" restaurant with a farm-to-table menu from chef Taylor Kearney, cocktails from mixologist Trevor Landry, and a wine list from sommelier Brandon Smoot. The food consists of sharable plates, sandwiches, and flatbreads, all priced under $25. Menu items include a charcuterie plate, corn soup, tempura soft-shell crab, a pork schnitzel sandwich, and a foraged mushroom flatbread.

Houndstooth Coffee. Austin-based coffee concept debuts its newest location at the Sylvan | Thirty development in West Dallas, marking Houndstooth’s second Dallas cafe and fourth overall, with two locations in Austin. This new spot is the largest to date, with the coffee bar now open and a kitchen component, offering food items and special ticketed events, slated for late summer. An additional cocktail bar will launch in the space in late fall/early winter.