John Franke

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Velvet Taco Expands to Fort Worth Tonight, and Tomorrow the World

    We all knew it was coming. When I reviewed Velvet Taco last year, owner/partner John Franke told me he had every intension of opening subsequent locations of the restaurant. The only thing that was surprising was how long it took. But tonight the wait ends. The second Velvet Taco will open at 5 p.m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Velvet Taco To Feature Memorial Rusty Taco

    Last week we noted the passing of Russell Fenton, the man who put the "Rusty" into Rusty Tacos, among other Dallas area restaurants. This week Velvet Taco has announced its weekly special taco has been created with Fenton in mind. Every week, Velvet Taco creates a taco based on seasonable ingredien ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Chef Burning Questions: John Franke on Salads from Walgreens and a Bad Black Jambalaya

    Each week (or thereabout) we ask a local chef three burning questions about their favorite culinary reads, food shames and best (or worst) meals. Front Burner's corporate chef, John Franke, is in charge of menu development for Whiskey Cake, Velvet Taco, The Ranch at Las Colinas, Red Dog Right and mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Hibiscus Executive Chef Takes Over at Whiskey Cake

    Gastropubs everywhere! Just eight days after The Dallas Morning News published Leslie Brenner's guide to gastropubs, Whiskey Cake announces the gastro-blah blah based in Plano has a new chef. Brent Hammer, formerly of Hibiscus on Henderson, will take over as chef de cuisine. See also: - With a Name ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 8, 2012

    Velvet Taco's Not-So-Taqueria

    Taco purists don't love this Henderson Avenue restaurant, but that doesn't stop the hungry masses.

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Velvet Taco Blogging Frenzy: Don't Believe the Hype

    ​Bloggers be crazy. Myself included. Pegasus threw up a headline yesterday announcing that the much-hyped Velvet Taco restaurant (destined to become a soul-sucking chain) is open. The story itself says the restaurant will open this weekend, and links to a series of other stories drinking the PR Ko ... More >>