Phil Romano

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Potato Flats, a Restaurant Devoted Entirely to the Baked Potato, Opens Today in Dallas

    The next addition to Trinity Groves opens today, and I'm going to log it as the least likely restaurant in the group to serve as a pre-prom dinner locale. Potato Flats offerspotatoes baked until they're soft and fluffy, topped with your choice of just about everything that's been put on a potato unt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Off-Site Kitchen In the Trinity Groves Could Open this Fall With Very Extended Hours

    Off-Site Kitchen opened in its first tiny home on Irving Boulevard on Valentine's Day in 2012, and only then did we know that Cupid was real and his cute girth was because he loves smashed cheeseburgers. With a renewed belief in angelic archers, we dove into this new relationship fearlessly. Two yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Sushi Restaurant to open in Trinity Groves, Italian in Bishop Arts

    The latest stage in Phil Romano's quest to take over the culinary universe is the planned opening of Sushi Bayashi, a casual sushi bar. Late last night, the Morning News scooped the latest addition to the gamut of fine dining at Trinity Groves. Romano is describing it as "an everyday kind of sushi b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Potato Flats, a Chipotle-Style Potato Bar by Phil Romano, Planned for Trinity Grove

    Around the end of one year and the start of another, most food blogs focus on two types of posts: the best things of the previous year and what will maybe be the biggest news of the next year (i.e. fortune-telling). Most food writers have probably missed the soon-to-be-biggest trend of 2014 though: ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 9, 2014

    In Trinity Groves, LUCK Needs More Skill to Survive

    A few glimmers shine through lackluster execution.

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    Chino Chinatown Set To Open On Monday, December 30

    Have you been to Trinity Groves lately? It's pretty amazing how many restaurants have opened in just a short period of time. Most of the newest restaurants are all lined up in the building north of Singleton Avenue, and each has a neon sign glowing above the front door. It's colorful, to say the lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Phil Romano Declares Trinity Groves Project Is In Overdrive

    It's been exactly a year since Babb Bros. BBQ opened in Trinity Groves, kicking off the restaurant development project that hopes to anchor future growth in the West Dallas neighborhood. Hoffmann Hotts, a casual hot dog restaurant soon followed, and then openings slowed down until recently, when Kit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    For National Hot Dog Day, a Look at the Dogs of Dallas

    Luscher's Post Oak Red Hots are the creation of The Grape's Brian Luscher, who started making Chicago-style dogs kissed with oak smoke last year. For now, you can find them at the White Rock Local Market on Saturdays or purchase the dogs to cook at home at Green Grocer, but we're all dreaming of his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Real Reality: A First Look at the Chefs Contending for Kitchen LTO

    Last night, Kitchen LTO opened its doors (well, 3015 Trinity's doors, technically) to the $25-per-ticket-paying-public for a sold-out night of tasting, schmoozing and drinking. The event was all in the name of introducing the chefs and designers who are in the running to create the very first Kitche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Economists: Trinity Groves Will Spur $3 Billion in Economic Development, Create a Hipster Paradise

    The Trinity Groves project is still in its infancy. Babb Bros. BBQ and Four Corners Brewing arrived last year, followed by Hoffman Hots. The restaurant incubator hasn't just started incubating. The stores and apartments are still just a glimmer in Phil Romano's eye. But backers aren't letting the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Drama for Dinner: A Q/A with Kitchen LTO Creator Casie Caldwell

    Even in reality TV-obsessed Texas, where there are more shows filmed about drunks, housewives, pint-sized beauty queens, gays, bling, dance moms and cowboys than you can count, odds are you won't score a cameo in one. Still, the more I hear about new Trinity Groves concept Kitchen LTO, the more it s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Houston-based Ignite Restaurant Group Buys Romano's Macaroni Grill

    Dallas restaurateur Phil Romano opened the first Macaroni Grill in 1988 and thus began the schooling of waiters around the country on how to write their name upside down. (That was a thing the waiters once did there. Not sure exactly why, but people seemed to like it.) In 1989, just a year after op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Babb Brothers BBQ & Blues Is Serving 'Cue Just West of the Fancy-Pants Bridge

    Babb Brothers BBQ & Blues opened two weeks ago as the first restaurant in the new Trinity Groves project, which hopes to one day energize the area just west of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Investors Phil Romano, Stuart Fitts and Butch McGregor plucked cook Mike Babb out of the catering business an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Interview with Mike Babb of Babb Bros. BBQ & Blues on Lessons from Phil Romano, Slow Smoked Ribs and Incubators

    Driving over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and across the west bank of the Trinity River, one quickly enters the Trinity Groves Project. If you're not heads-up about it, you could easily miss the sign announcing it. But, most likely you'll sense a revival in a part of Dallas that has been left to i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    Hofmann Hot Dogs To Open Restaurant in Trinity Groves

    Earlier this year we reported that the Zaccanelli Food Group, who includes Frank Zaccanelli, Phil Romano and Roger Staubach, purchased the Syracuse, New York-based Hofmann Sausage Company. See also: - Hofmann Sausage is Bringing Snappy Grillers to Dallas - Shepard Fairey Caught In the Act Hofmann ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    EatZi's is Expanding to Grapevine and Plano, but It's Not Going National Again

    Nation's Restaurant News reported yesterday that eatZi's will open two new spots in the 'burbs. The first will open on May 17 in Grapevine and will occupy 10,000 square feet "of freestanding retail space in a former Luby's Cafeteria site." The Plano store will be a newly constructed 10,000 square- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Phil Romano on Plans Along Singleton: "We Want it to Be an Evolution, Not a Revolution."

    ​Spent a few hours today with Phil Romano, Stuart Fitts and Larry "Butch" MacGregor at their Singleton Boulevard HQ at the foot of the Calatrava bridge. It's the brick building painted red -- one of three on that side of the bridge now decorated with Shepard Fairey's handiwork. When I pulled up a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Coal Vines Goes National

    Image courtesy of Coal Vines​Five-year-old Coal Vines is going national. After a successful licensed launch in Kansas City, Missouri, the bistro concept operated by Nick & Sam's partners Joe Palladino and Phil Romano, has its eyes set on more Texas locations and a national expansion. CoalVine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Tour Phil Romano's For-Sale House, Virtually

    Sotheby's​Luxist directs our attention this afternoon to the Strait Lane home of one Phil Romano, which has been on the market for quite some time. But the '07 asking price of $17.5 million has come way, way down since then -- to $12.5 million, per the Sotheby's listing, which provides some two do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Brinker Makes a Run for the Border and Offloads Yet Another Chain to SF Firm

    ​Surprising(ish?) news late today: Brinker International just announced that a year and a half after it unloaded its majority interest Romano's Macaroni Grill to San Francisco-based Golden Gate Capital, it's selling On the Border to the equity firm as well. For how much? The press release doesn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    The Year/The Decade: Embarrassments

    ​Probably should issue this caveat to start: Unless you're speaking of Paris Hilton or Tex Cobb, the label of embarrassment implies the person in question possesses some talent.Nobody is perfect, of course. The Rolling Stones recorded Emotional Rescue, Babe Ruth lost half a season due to a "bellya ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    And The Winner Is...

    ​This is our final working Friday of the year. The decade, too, I guess.Yep--taking the 25th and 1st off. The 24th and 31st, too. We're gonna lounge around at home, drink quite a bit and pass out on that futon we hope to buy at Target if we managed to save enough cash after that last Goody Goody ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Short Orders: Who's Who Burgers

    Who's Who Burgers69 Highland Park Village214-522-1980I'm almost certain Laura Bush walked by as I readied to try my first Who's Who burger in about five years. I say "almost," because if it really were the former first lady and only cognizant person in the White House, federal agents would have torn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2007

    Tom Dunning Goes Both Ways

    Phil Romano, like several other prominent Dallasites, loves him some Giuliani -- which you can get on a sandwich at Eatzi's. Gary Griffith isn't the only local to throw his arms around Rudy Giuliani -- which he did again, by the way, in a campaign missive sent to would-be voters, in which Griffith o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2006

    There's That Eatzi's Lawsuit We Were Looking For

    Last week we told you all about the shuttering of every Eatzi's location across the U.S. save for the Oak Lawn mothership, which founder Phil Romano's in the process of taking control of. But we just knew this story wasn't going to have an entirely happy ending, and after trolling for lawsuits, well ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2006

    Romano Back in Eatzi's

    As of this weekend, Phil Romano will once more be in charge of Eatzi's on Oak Lawn. Just got off the phone with Phil Romano, who says not only is the Oak Lawn Eatzi's remaining open, but come Saturday, he will be the sole owner of it--just like the good ol' days. Romano says he bought back the stor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2006

    Eatzi's Closing Everywhere (But Dallas?)

    The Oak Lawn Eatzi's will be the only one left at the end of business today. Yesterday, the local corporate office of Phil Romano's gourmet take-out chain Eatzi's Market and Bakery was closed down. At the end of business today, its outlets in Houston, Atlanta and Rockville, Maryland, will shutter f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2006

    Avian Boo-Hoo

    No joke: There's a bird missing, and an 11-year-old girl's crying...fowl. I hate myself. It looks kind of like a joke--the childlike scrawl, the hastily added phone number, the phone-poll placement along a busy thoroughfare. (It would make a great album cover for some indie-rock band, come to think ... More >>

  • News

    March 23, 2006

    The Mayor of Boxville

    Laura Miller to homeless: Get out of downtown. Homeless to Laura Miller: We've got our own mayor.

  • Dining

    August 11, 2005

    Pizza the Pie

    New Romano/Palladino venture slated for November

  • News

    August 26, 2004
  • Dining

    October 23, 2003

    Uptown Strikes Back

    Medici and Il Mulino founders join forces

  • Dining

    September 18, 2003

    Flaunting Royals

    "Sophisticated" Medici set to open in October

  • News

    May 1, 2003

    Kings of Clubs

    The coke-drenched era of nightclubs is over, but now a new group of entrepreneurs is ready to reinvent the scene

  • Dining

    February 20, 2003

    Lobster Ruckus

    When restaurateurs mix with lawyers, things get messy

  • Dining

    January 2, 2003

    Big Death

    Fading flashiness marked the year in Dallas dining

  • Dining

    November 28, 2002

    Horton Heard What?

    Find out Who's Who at Romano's latest venture

  • Dining

    November 7, 2002

    Fish Not Foul

    Shannon Wynne scores with downscale seafood at Flying Fish

  • Dining

    October 24, 2002

    Lobster Crypt

    Romano closes Lobster Ranch

  • Dining

    August 15, 2002

    Romano Flies Solo

    Eatzi's founder breaks from Brinker International

  • News

    August 8, 2002

    Tropic of Groceries

    Dallas' pent-up lust for exotic foods has finally been met with the opening of Central Market. Will shopping ever be the same? Will our appetites?

  • News

    March 21, 2002

    The Romano Empire

    The master showman knows how to turn theme-park dining into sensual drama

  • News

    March 21, 2002

    Everybody Loves Romano

    How can Phil Romano, the "Steven Spielberg of the food business," become even more successful? By opening more restaurants, making more money--and feeding the homeless.

  • Dining

    January 3, 2002

    Party's Over

    Dallas restaurateurs weather a year of many valleys, few peaks

  • Dining

    May 3, 2001

    Nick Gets Fired Up

    Phil Romano stays cool when We Oui chef Nick Badovinus jumps ship

  • Dining

    August 17, 2000

    Poo Poo

    We Oui is a no-no

  • Dining

    November 4, 1999

    Hash Over

    PoPoLos reanimated; Nickety split?; Gorman goes

  • Dining

    June 3, 1999

    Close to perfect

    Nick & Sam's is poised for greatness. Will it take the final step?

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    July 2, 1998
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    April 25, 1996

    Share fare

    At Cappellini's, more is not always the merrier

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