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Chinese restaurant Fortune House plumps dumplings on Greenville Ave Dallas

Greenville Ave News

An acclaimed Chinese restaurant from Irving has expanded to Dallas: Fortune House, known for its soup dumplings, noodles, and authentic Shanghainese dishes, has opened a second location on Lower Greenville, at 2010 Greenville Ave. #B, next to HG Sply Co.

The restaurant is in soft opening mode, and occupies a space with Asian food history: It was briefly home to a Chinese restaurant called Gung Ho, which closed in mid-2020.

Fortune House is perhaps most famous for its pan-fried pork buns — plump round dumplings with a soft dough on top and a delectably crunchy brown crust on the bottom.

Those alone warrant a trip for fans, but there are many other delicacies on their menu, ranging from vegetarian dishes to fried rice, to noodle dishes, to soups and soup dumplings, filled with choice of pork, pork & crab, or pork & black truffle.

That last one — the one with the black truffle — is a new item they've added specifically for the Dallas location, according to manager Karen Rubia.

"We also added a dumpling sampler, and that has been extremely popular," she says.

They have a unique selection of small plates such as Chive Pockets — a pan-fried pocket filled with chives, vermicelli, egg, wood ear mushroom, and dried shrimp; baby ribs in Shanghainese sweet & sour sauce, served the traditional way, chilled; and "phoenix talons" AKA hot pepper-marinated chicken feet.

Seafood includes steamed whole sea bass, honey walnut prawns, and kung pao prawns, stir-fried with peanuts and chilies.

Vegetarian options are varied and inventive, such as lettuce wraps with water chestnuts, peas, & carrots; tofu wrapped with shiitake & enoke mushrooms; braised seitan with mushrooms & peanuts; Crispy Garlic Cucumber with English cucumber and garlic in a sesame oil vinaigrette; sautéed spinach with egg yolk in a supreme broth; and sauteed edamame & tofu in a white sauce.

The cuisine is Shanghai-style Chinese, a legacy from original owner Lucy Yong, who first opened the Irving location in 2015. She brought in chefs trained in Shanghai, China who built the menu of authentic Chinese dishes. She subsequently sold the restaurant to John Kim, who also owns Koryo Kalbi, the highly rated Korean BBQ restaurant on Royal Lane in Dallas' Koreatown district.

For the Dallas location, they've expanded their cocktail selection, incorporating ingredients you'd find in Chinese cuisine, such as tea. They're also offering a Chinese "Gongfu" tea ceremony, which is uncommon in Dallas.

Also, here's a thing: The space came with a pizza oven. "We're excited we inherited that, and we'll play around and do some unusual dishes," Rubia says.

They first signed on to open the Greenville Avenue location in April 2021, a challenging time for a new restaurant on all fronts.

"But opening here was something we definitely wanted to do," Rubia says. "There's a lot of foot traffic, but more than that, it's an up-and-coming area, just like our company. Greenville Avenue has an ever-growing variety of cultures and cuisines, and we wanted to be part of that."

Texas ranks as 5th best state for women entrepreneurs in new survey

Who run the world?

Texas is among the best states for women-led startups in 2023, a new report says.

The Lone Star State landed at No. 5 in Merchant Maverick’s annual ranking of the top 10 states for female business owners, thanks in part to its robust venture capital environment for entrepreneurs.

Texas actually dropped three spots from last year's ranking of No. 2, but climbed up from its No. 6 showing in 2021.

Merchant Maverick, a product comparison site for small businesses, says Texas “boasts the strongest venture capital scene” for women entrepreneurs outside California and the Northeast. The state ranked fourth in that category, with $6.5 billion invested in the past five years.

Other factors favoring Texas include:

  • Women solely lead 22 percent of all employees working for a business in Texas (No. 4).
  • Texas lacks a state income tax (tied for No. 1).

However, Texas didn’t fare well in terms of the unemployment rate (No. 36) and the rate of business ownership by women (No. 29). Other Texas data includes:

  • Average income for women business owners, $52,059 (No. 19).
  • Early startup survival rate, 81.9 percent (No. 18).

Appearing ahead of Texas in the 2023 ranking are No. 1 Colorado, No. 2 Washington, No. 3 California, and No. 4 Arizona.

Another recent ranking, this one from NorthOne, an online bank catering to small businesses, puts Texas at No. 7 among the 10 best states for women entrepreneurs.

NorthOne says Texas provides “a ton of opportunities” for woman entrepreneurs. For instance, it notches one of the highest numbers of women-owned businesses in the country at 1.4 million, 2.1 percent of which have at least 500 employees.

In this study, Texas is preceded by Colorado at No. 1, Nevada at No. 2, Virginia at No. 3, Maryland at No. 4, Florida at No. 5, and New Mexico at No. 6. The rankings are based on eight metrics, including the percentage of woman-owned businesses and the percentage of women-owned businesses with at least 500 employees.

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This story originally appeared on our sister site, InnovationMap.

Cult fave Bojangles fried chicken chain breaks ground on first Dallas location

Chicken News

To great anticipation, a favorite Southern fried chicken chain is finally coming to Dallas (and Texas!): Bojangles, a chain based in Charlotte, NC will break ground on a location in Frisco, slated to open this spring.

According to a release, this is one of six locations opening in the DFW market, as the brand makes its debut in the Lone Star State.

The chain has plans to open restaurants across North Texas, including Tarrant, Dallas, Denton, Collin Counties.

For those unfamiliar with their reputation, Bojangles was founded in 1977 and enjoys a strong following across the Southeast.

It's known for its biscuits, breaded chicken, and Southern-inspired sides such as dirty rice, mac & cheese, and Cajun pinto beans, as well as their "Legendary Iced Tea" (aka sweet tea).

The menu features chicken sandwiches, including the signature Bo's Chicken Sandwich, a chicken breast with a crunchy buttermilk coating, topped with dill pickle slices and mayo, served on a toasted, buttered bun; and chicken biscuit sandwiches, including the Cajun Chicken sandwich with chicken in a "bold blend of seasonings," served on a biscuit.

There are also breakfast biscuit sandwiches such as sausage & egg and bacon & egg, as well as biscuits with gravy.

Back in 2021, the company signed a deal with a Dallas franchise group and also plans to open 15 corporate-owned locations across the Dallas-Fort Worth market. Now, huzzah, the day has arrived.

The location is at 1631 US Highway 380, Frisco, and they'll break ground on February 13. There's another opening at 2821 Eldorado Pkwy. in Frisco, where construction will commence in late February.

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Eric Sandler contributed to this story.