Food News: The Food Hall Comes to Plano, Top Knot Launches a Ramen Series and D's Mad at DMN

Ramen-lovers, get ready — Top Knot is launching a summer ramen series that kicks off with Lucia's Justin Holt serving up tonkotsu ramen on June 27.
Ramen-lovers, get ready — Top Knot is launching a summer ramen series that kicks off with Lucia's Justin Holt serving up tonkotsu ramen on June 27.
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In this week's DFW food news round-up, new bars, a forthcoming food hall and D accuses DMN of not giving credit where credit is due:

  • East Hampton Sandwich Co. is opening its fifth and sixth restaurants in North Texas, according to a press release. The two new fast-casual sandwich spots —  2211 E. Southlake Blvd. in Southlake and 12300 Inwood Road in North Dallas — are scheduled to open in August. 

  • There's a new bar on McKinney Avenue in Uptown, CultureMap reports. Next Door is decorated with vintage speakers and is a "classy-but-casual bar that offers food and a spot for late-night dancing, if you're so inclined."  .

  • An L.A. "specialty spirits store" is opening a Dallas location, CultureMap reports. Bar & Garden, slated to open at 3300 Ross Ave. specializes in "wines and spirits [that are] are all natural, organic, non-GMO, and pesticide-free," Teresa Gubbins writes. "Most of the wines are small-producer labels. They also stock unusual bourbons, rums, tequilas, and gins."

  • Some major names have signed on to a new food hall coming to Plano, Eater reports. Matt McCallister (Filament, FT33), Robert and Kaci Lyford (Patina Green Home and Market) and Andrew Chen (Monkey King Noodle Co.) will be part of the three-story Legacy Hall, which will feature "200- to 300-square-foot stalls on the building’s first floor, along with a fast-casual restaurant and onsite craft brewery that will occupy the second and third floors, respectively," according to Eater. The hall is slated to open in August 2017. 

  • Richardson's about to get a new burger spot. Snuffer’s Restaurant & Bar opens June 14 at 300 W. Campbell Road. "The Richardson restaurant is nearly 4,200 square feet and will comfortably seat 160 diners inside and 34 on the outdoor patio," according to a press release. "It will be the 10th location in North Texas."

  • A new cocktail lounge opens Friday night on Cedar Springs, Escape Hatch Dallas reports. The Tipsy Alchemist, a collaboration between steak empress Dee Lincoln and the team from Truth & Alibi, will be "a super sexy cocktail lounge with beautiful royal blue and deep red tones, reclaimed woods and, of course, craft cocktails,” Lincoln tells Escape Hatch.

  • Top Knot is launching a new summer ramen series, and it's kicking off with a major noodle heavy-hitter: Lucia sous chef Justin Holt. The three-night-only ramenstravaganza will feature $12 ramen bowls, with a portion of proceeds going to No Child Hungry. Lucia's tonkatsu ramen night runs from 6-9 p.m. Monday, June 27, with Small Brewpub's Misti Norris featured on Monday, July 25 and a chef TBD on Monday, Aug. 29. 

  • The big news of the week: Kent Rathbun, after leaving his namesake restaurant group, is suing his former business partner, which D Magazine first reported. The story was picked up by other media outlets — including us — but the folks at D are feeling a little salty about the situation. Via Tim Rogers mini media rant published yesterday:
  • The Dallas Observer understood that Nancy deserved credit for her work. When they published an item at 2:15 that suggested funny name changes for Rathbun, they did the honorable thing and gave a nod to Nancy for breaking the story. The Dallas Business Journal understood. When they published an item at 2:41, they did the honorable thing and gave props to Nancy for breaking the story. You know who didn’t do the honorable thing?

    That would be The Dallas Morning News, apparently. D's response: Boo. The DMN reporter who wrote the piece tried to apologize in the comments — citing busyness — but Rogers isn't having it. "Thank you, Karen. But while 'swamped' might be an explanation, it is not an excuse," he writes. 

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