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Lakewood's Dixie House replacement opens with star chef power

Lakewood's Dixie House replacement opens with star chef power

Pork chop at Sugarbacon restaurant in Dallas
Lakewood center, Sugarbacon is coming atchya. Photo courtesy of Sugarbacon

Let us pause from our mourning over the possible demise of Black-Eyed Pea to salute the opening of Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen, whose second location is about to premiere in the former Dixie House spot in the center of Lakewood.

Sugarbacon is the creation of restaurateur Johnny Carros, who opened the first branch in McKinney in 2015. When Dixie House got the old heave-ho, Carros moved in on the spot at 6400 Gaston Ave. The restaurant opens on October 3 and will offer lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, serving what they call a New American menu with Texas undertones.

That means house-made tater tots, spinach-artichoke dip, red pepper hummus, a grilled cheese sandwich, shrimp and grits, brisket cheddar enchiladas — omigosh, finally, a Texan undertone — Scottish salmon, mushroom Bolognese, and fish tacos. There are five salads, including wedge, Cobb, and chicken Caesar.

Carros is COO of Corner Station Holdings, a parent company that owns Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen as well as Butcher Board, a sandwich shop that opened next door to Sugarbacon in McKinney. In a release, he sings the praises of Lakewood, calling it a perfect fit.

Chef Jason Ferraro took over as corporate chef/partner after the quiet departure of founding chef Jon Thompson. Ferraro worked at Hibiscus with chef Graham Dodds, and before that, he was chef at the Dallas Museum of Art. He's also worked at a number of hotel restaurants around the world, and was at one time a pastry chef, which is a handy extra skill to have.

Luckily, he has the same philosophy as Carraro and Thompson: that simple ingredients sourced well can be elevated by an experienced chef to create an incredibly well-prepared dish. It's unusual that two chefs would have similar philosophies articulated so well, but Carros has obviously hit chef gold.

Ferraro will oversee both locations of Sugarbacon as well as Butcher Board. Executive chef at the Lakewood branch is Andrea Maricich, former executive chef at Second Floor at the Westin Galleria Dallas. Way more important, at least to us, is that she was also a nominee for best chef in the 2015 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards.

She'll do her own specials at Lakewood, but otherwise the two branches have the same menu.