Clearly the fried chicken epidemic shows no signs of slowing, as West Dallas restaurant development Trinity Groves announced today that it's closing another restaurant: Resto Gastro Bistro, which will be replaced by a concept called Fat Chicken, set to open in February. Via a press release:
Fat Chicken will showcase Resto chef DJ Quintanilla’s distinctive take on all things chicken – Southern fried with biscuits, oven roasted, grilled, pot pies and even “chickarones” – you name it. Quintanilla and Linda Mazzei were among the first aspiring restaurateurs to launch at Trinity Groves in 2013.
As a true incubator, Trinity Groves invests in new concepts like Resto Gastro Bistro and Fat Chicken, providing their partner operators with the resources and expertise they need to bring those concepts to market.
“The restaurant business is continuously evolving – responding to ever-changing customer tastes and driven by creative people who are passionate about feeding people in every sense of the word,” said Trinity Groves co-founder and legendary restaurateur Phil Romano. “Resto had simply run its course, but during its nearly three-year stint, DJ and Linda worked incredibly hard, and we’re pleased to give them this opportunity. I think Fat Chicken is a great concept – it’s exactly what our customers are looking for, and I’m confident it will thrive at Trinity Groves.”
As for Resto's space, it will "get a new lighter and brighter look yet retain its warmth and charm," according to the release. Once open, Fat Chicken will serve lunch, dinner and weekend brunch and "will feature an old-fashioned pie cart with a daily selection of scratch-made pies."
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