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Hawaiian plate lunches headed for northeast Dallas thanks to Mo' Bettahs

Hawaiian plate lunch headed for northeast Dallas thanks to Mo' Bettahs

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All the Hawaiian plate lunches. Mo'Bettah

A new Hawaiian-style restaurant concept serving the buzzy "plate lunch" is coming to Dallas: Mo'Bettahs Hawaiian Style, a fast-casual restaurant chain from Utah, will open its first location in Dallas at Northwest Hwy.

According to a release, it'll open at 6471 E. Northwest Hwy., in the newish center at Skillman Street, on November 19.

Mo' Bettahs was founded in Bountiful, Utah, in 2008 by brothers Kimo and Kalani Mack, who grew up in Oahu, Hawaii and wanted to recreate the Hawaiian island barbeque experience they enjoyed growing up.

The brothers have expanded their Hawaiian plate lunch restaurant to 25 locations in Utah and Idaho. Dallas will be the 26th and the first in Texas.

The chain specializes in the plate lunch, a starchy curiosity that, in its classic form, comes with a meat, plus macaroni salad, plus two scoops of steamed white rice. Much starch.

Meat options include teriyaki chicken and steak, kalua pig, fried katsu chicken, and fried shrimp. And really, that's about it. They have three sauces: thickened soy sauce, seasoned ketchup, or steak sauce, also ketchup-based.

The brothers have expanded their Hawaiian plate lunch restaurant to 25 locations in Utah and Idaho. Dallas will be the 26th and the first in Texas.

Mo' Bettahs is part of a Utah-based restaurant investment group called the Savory Restaurant Fund, along with other concepts such as Via 313 Pizza, The Crack Shack, and more; their website is a bit overwhelming.

Savory's general partner Andrew Smith says in a statement that Texas has been a great place for The Savory Restaurant Fund. "We're excited to share our Hawaiian style food with East Dallas," he says.

Other locations on their radar include Plano, Frisco Lakes, Fort Worth, and Mansfield.

"Mo’ Bettahs will offer Hawaiian style food unlike anything Dallas has experienced before. We are confident Dallasites will enjoy items like our freshly grilled chicken, marinated, and topped with our signature teriyaki sauce and paired with our one-of-a-kind macaroni salad," says Rob Ertmann, Mo' Bettahs President.

Mo' Bettahs Dallas will be open for takeout lunch and dinner from 10:30 am-9 pm.