Restaurants and Food Services

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    In Most Addison Move Ever, TGI Friday's to Open Across the Street from TGI Friday's

    Look, when it comes to a much-mocked place like Addison, you don't always want to deal in stereotypes. But sometimes these jokes write themselves. In what is presumably an attempt to catch people who accidentally drove past the first Addison TGI Friday's, a second one is opening a block away. Cruc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Bonchon, Dallas' New Korean Fried Chicken Joint, Is Back in Business

    Last week the newly-opened Korean fried chicken restaurant Bonchon announced that it would temporarily close to give management time to hire and retrain new staff. Bonchon was barely a week old by that point but was already so popular that the kitchen and wait staff couldn't keep up with the demand. ... 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

    August 21, 2013

    Interview with Josh Sepkowitz and Kyle Noonan on Talent Managment and Dogs as Conduits

    Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz first met while attending SMU. After graduating they took off in different directions and career paths, Noonan with the Pappas restaurant group and Sepkowitz as a financial analyst on Wall Street. After more than a decade in their perspective careers, both decided to c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Prediction: Ruby Tuesday Is Going to Regret its New "Fun Between the Buns" Campaign

    The other night I saw an ad for Ruby Tuesday that ended with a URL that made me say, "Wow. Did that actually just happen?" This is not something I say often. But I am a sucker for mysterious URLs. (See: Me speed-typing "" into my phone after passing a billboard for it on I-35 on the d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Bankrupt Snuffer's and its Cheese Fries Get a Bailout from the Owners of El Fenix

    The Firedbird Restaurant Group, which is owned by Mika Karns and includes El Fenix, Meso Maya and Taqueria La Ventana, has acquired the debt of Snuffer's Restaurants Inc., and will help save that iconic Dallas restaurant's most important contribution to the local culinary scene: those monster cheese ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    New Chip's to Join Matt's and The Mecca on La Vista Drive

    The cluster of restaurants around the intersection of La Vista Drive and Skillman Street is about to get a new addition. A second Chip's Old Fashioned Hamburgers is slated to open there by the end of this summer. If you've ever exited the Dallas North Tollway at Lovers Lane you've definitely seen t ... 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

    November 7, 2012

    From Silverware Theft to Fights in Bars, The Legal Low-Down for Restaurant Owners

    OK team, huddle 'round and take a knee. We realize we cover a lot of topics pertaining to burgers, beer and tacos here at the City of Ate. And that's all fun and games until someone gets an eye poked out. And by that we mean jabbed in the eye socket with a lawsuit. Suppose an errant knife or deep- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Yet Another Smashburger Coming To Dallas, This Time In Mockingbird Station

    Smashburger announced the opening of the fifth Dallas area location of their popular burger chain based in Colorado. The new restaurant is opening in Mockingbird Station later this fall. If the Smash is not your thing, a number of other restaurants are opening in the shopping center that flanks the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Hopdoddy Burger Bar Opens Wednesday in Preston Center

    Hopdoddy is an upscale, yet casual, burger restaurant and bar that originated in Austin just a couple years ago. Founders Larry Perdido and Chuck Smith are old hats in the restaurant business. According to Austin Culture Map, they sold their Eddie V's Prime Seafood and Wildfish Seafood Grille to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Midwesterners Take Heart: Maid-Rite is Now Open in Arlington

    So, the deal with Maid-Rite is it's really old (85ish) and their meat is loose. And apparently the funny naming homophones are simply attributed to the original founder's inability to spell -- not that I'm throwing stones, seeing how my own house is kind of glassy there. Maid-Rite is a Midwestern s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    New Dallas City Council Rules Should Get Food Trucks Rolling into Dallas

    So Cal Tacos​Over on Pegausus News, DFW Food Truck Foodie reported yesterday that the Dallas City Council has released the headlock they'd had on many North Texas food trucks by resolving a few code compliance issues. The biggest change is to allow retrofitted trucks. Previously the code allo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Break Out Your Bubble Gum: Maid-Rite Corporation Is Coming to Dallas

    ​Des Moines, Iowa-based Maid-Rite corporation promises to descend en masse upon the DFW metroplex, blanketing the area in its popular "loose meat" sandwich, tucked inside a mass produced white-bread bun. The 85-year-old corporation has targeted a Arlington's Green Oaks Shopping Center at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Irving T.G.I. Friday's Bites the Dust

    ​Even restaurants with God in their names aren't immune to the economy. (Or maybe God got shorted on his order of potato skins.) The T.G.I. Friday's chains Irving location at 1001 MacArthur Park has closed. Every piece of T.G.I. Friday's flair and signage has been removed and all that remain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    City Council's Set to Rewrite Ordinances Allowing for Food Trucks, Campaign Signs

    From Jack's ChowHound's Facebook page​Tomorrow the city council will discuss why Mary Suhm wants to keep all of Dallas' trash and allowing the public a shot at redrawing the council districts' boundaries. But not before it votes on two hot-button issues: food trucks and campaign signs on public pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Miss Turkey and The Top Five Shameless Carl's Jr. Ads

    Carl's Jr - YouTube"To help you remember we put Miss Turkey in a bikini": Carl's Jr. new ad for their turkey burger.​Carl's Jr., which opened a new spot in Dallas late last year, has added a new entry to their weird, not funny food-meets-porn marketing strategy. The commercial popped up on Eater t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Battle Over Mi Cocina Name in Colorado Ends With Truce

    ​Our sister paper in Denver today reports the M Crowd Restaurant Group has settled its lawsuit with a small Northwest Denver restaurant operating under the name "Mi Cocina". According to the settlement's terms, Saul Sierra may continue to use the name in a limited area of Colorado, a result t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Food Trucks in the Arts District Parked on City Plan Commission's Agenda This Week

    The Hot Box parked on Flora Street back on October 31, when it went as A Row of Food Trucks on Halloween​At year's end, Veletta Lill, former city council member and executive director of the Dallas Arts District, told Unfair Park: "We will have food trucks in the Arts District by the spring," cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Breakfast Tacos: Taste What You're Missing, America

    Get a clue, America.​Restaurant owners are growing increasingly excited about the prospects for breakfast pizza, but breakfast tacos don't show any signs of making significant inroads nationally. Breakfast pizza is typically a tomato sauce-less concoction of eggs, cheese and meat -- sort of l ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 9, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Restaurateurs Struggle to Match App to Appetite

    ​The website for Fearing's is a pretty good model of restaurant website design. It doesn't sing, or waste time on Flash graphics that never load properly. It helpfully provides menus and hours and allows patrons to make online reservations. Fearing's iPhone app is somewhat less impressive. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Pizza Patron's New Line Gives
    Franchisees the Chills

    ​Pizza Patron's newest product is distressing some franchisees, who fear the frozen pizza line will cut into their sales. "I'd say a number of them are concerned," concedes brand director Andrew Gamm. "But it's a great opportunity for the brand." Pizza Patron frozen pizzas are now available ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Chain Gang: Pizza Inn and Wingstop
    Adding Lots o' Links

    ​Pizza Inn and Wingstop are two DFW-based chains making some national food news. While Wingstop continues to grow at rapid speed, Pizza Inn is hoping franchise incentives and a kids-friendly concept will help propel their new prototype restaurants to success. The Colony-based pizza chain i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    No Way (In-N-) Out...For Now

    Does California's storied burger chain have it in for Dallas? Unfair Park has the answer...for the time being.

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2009

    Dude Food: Olive Garden

    Olive Garden639 N. Cockrell Hill Road, DuncanvilleDude Factor: 3, or Roseanne (waitress/proprieter of loose meat sandwich specialty diner The Lanford Lunch Box), on a scale of 1 (Zach Braff in Garden State) to 10 (Jonah Hill in Forgetting Sarah Marshall)Last Saturday my lady and I--with tired bones, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Food For Thought 4.23.09

    "If we're not willing to move harmful substances away just one block, what are we willing to do?" (Eric N. Gioia, councilman from Queens, New York, proposing a ban on opening fast food restaurants near public schools. The comments came as the University of California-Berkeley and Columbia University ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Food For Thought 3.12.09

    "The good news for the restaurant industry is that consumers typically get hungry about every four to five hours, generally three times a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year." (Bob Derrington, securities analyst with Morgan Keegan & Co., on the ability of restaurants to weather nasty little ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Burning Question: Are Restaurants Looking Forward to 2009?

    Long about, oh, a few hours after midnight on New Year's, the Burning Question crew made a resolution.We felt strongly about it at the time--so much so that we carefully jotted the details in black ink. Apparently, in 2009, we plan to dedicate ourselves to the overthrow of Bhutan, which we will then ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2008

    First the Stock's Downgraded. Then, Some Chili's Abruptly Close.

    At the end of last week, shares of Dallas-based Brinker International stock took a bit of a dive after an analyst downgraded the stock, insisting the company behind Chili's, Romano's Macaroni Grill, On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina and Maggiano's Little Italy was about to hit a rough patch. As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2008

    Pizza Inn to Make it Bahrain

    Pizza Inn The first Pizza Inn, which opened across the street from SMU in 1958 Fifty years ago, Pizza Inn opened its first eatery right across the street from the SMU campus; and, far as I was concerned 'round about the time I was about 8, the long-gone location at Forest and Marsh lanes proffered ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 10, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 8, 2008

    On the Brinker

    Headline from The Dallas Morning News, posted at 7:50 a.m.: "Brinker predicts 40% gain in earnings." Lead paragraph: "Brinker International Inc. Monday predicted its second-quarter earnings per share from continuing operations will be up nearly 40 percent, despite falling customer traffic at some of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2007

    Bennigan's Reducing Its Pieces of Flair

    A homier, and cheaper, Bennigan's is set to bow in Dallas in early 2008. Things aren't looking good for the so-called "casual dining" industry, which refers to such eateries as T.G.I. Friday's, Ruby Tuesday, Chili's, Bennigan's and the lot. Reports today's USA Today, the chains are resorting to offe ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 11, 2007
  • Blogs

    October 5, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 14, 2007

    Calling Minor Foodies

    Hellooooo out there in the suburbs! Can you hear me above the din of SUVs, superstore chains and casual dining establishments? Good. Gather the kids 'round, because any miniature aspiring chefs among them now have the opportunity to make it big in the restaurant business. Or, at least in the Red Rob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2007
  • Blogs

    March 5, 2007

    Pizza Patron Extending "Peso Gimmick" Indefinitely

    We still say Pizza Patron's mascot looks like Kinky Friedman. When Antonio Swad, founder and CEO of Pizza Patron, announced in December that his 60-location franchise would start accepting pesos, he got more attention than he ever thought possible -- including death threats. The promotion was suppos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2007
  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004
  • News

    July 24, 2003

    She's Gotta Serve It

    Dallas dining is largely controlled by men. Seven women are trying to change that.

  • Dining

    January 30, 2003

    Puff Puff Poof

    Smoking ban passed in the name of public health--right?

  • Dining

    June 14, 2001

    Wrapped Up In Chains

    Fast-food restaurants are quietly taking over the world

  • Dining

    December 28, 2000

    Playing Chicken

    Come boom or bust Dallasites gotta eat--out, that is

  • Dining

    October 5, 2000

    Burning Question

    Where are the spoons?

  • News

    January 6, 2000

    Fallen star

    How greed, incompetence, and allegations of fraud sank Dallas' FoodStar Restaurant Group

  • Dining

    December 31, 1998

    Let 'em eat loin

    1998 was a year of lusty carnivores, raw fish, and orgiastic indulgence

  • Dining

    March 7, 1996

    We're here for the beer

    Stick to liquid refreshment at The Copper Tank

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