A restaurant at Trinity Groves, the West Dallas incubator complex, is closing to make way for more chicken. Resto Gastro Bistro will shutter on January 1, after a special New Year's Eve celebration, to be replaced by a new concept called Fat Chicken, which will open in late February.
The chef and staff will be the same, but the menu and atmosphere will change. Fat Chicken will showcase Resto chef DJ Quintanilla's take on all things chicken, including fried chicken with biscuits, oven-roasted chicken, grilled chicken, chicken pot pies, and a fusion dish called "chickarones."
While the menu is still in development, there will also be an old-fashioned pie cart with a daily selection of scratch-made pies. In addition to a new menu, the space will get an overhaul, with a new lighter and brighter look. Fat Chicken will be open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.
Quintanilla and his partner Linda Mazzei were among the first restaurateurs to launch at Trinity Groves in 2013.
Trinity Groves founder Phil Romano says in a release that Trinity Groves responds to evolving customer tastes.
Chicken has become a big trend, with recent openings such as Quincy’s Chicken Shack in Coppell from Twisted Root founder Jason Boso; Street’s Fine Chicken from famed restaurateur Gene Street; and Farmbyrd, a new concept from chef Ryan Carbery (Bailey’s, Patrizio) opening in Plano, joining already established concepts like Sissy's, Max's Wine Dive, and the original Babe's Chicken Dinner House.
"Resto had simply run its course," Romano says. "But during its nearly three-year stint, DJ and Linda worked incredibly hard, and we're pleased to give them this opportunity. I think Fat Chicken is a great concept. It's exactly what our customers are looking for, and I'm confident it will thrive at Trinity Groves."