In this week's food news, franchises expand, Lower Greenville gets sweeter and Rex's Seafood shutters two of its three locations:
- Joy Macarons' second location in Lower Greenville is finally open at 1927 Greenville Ave., which means macaron-lovers can get their fancy cookie on in the evenings, as this location stays open until 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (They're also open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday) While their French macarons are a hit at their shop in Oak Cliff, their macaron ice cream sandwiches are likely to hit it big in Lower Greenville this summer.
- Earlier this week we reported on the 11 DFW breweries opening this year, and now there's another to add to this list: New Main Brewing, coming to Mid-Cities, according to New Main's website. "Our beer will follow a simple layout of six 'main' beers with a few specific 'new' treatments for each style," New Main writes, noting that they're planning stouts and porters along with saisons and witbiers. "We will also feature a VIP club for the taproom," owners say. "For a monthly membership fee, you will have first access to new beer releases, discounts on pint and growler purchases, swag, and exclusive raffle drawings." The forthcoming brewery is accepting donations and selling T-shirts to raise money for the new brewery.
- All is not well for Rex's Seafood, which shuttered two of its three locations recently, GuideLive reports.
Employees and customers of Rex's Seafood & Chop House on Mockingbird Lane near Lakewood were locked out in mid-May, according to a sign on the door. The sign says Rex's is "in default of its lease obligations because it has failed to pay rent." The landlord confirmed it was true. Rex's Seafood owner Rex Bellomy has not returned a request for comment.
- The original location also shuttered, and looks like the note on the door citing renovations isn't telling the full story — the Texas Comptroller confirmed to GuideLive that a tax lien for more than $1.3 million was placed on the business in February for failure to pay tax liabilities. The new Rex's location at Dallas Farmers Market is still open, GuideLive reports.
- Planet Sub, the franchise sub shop that currently has two DFW locations, is adding a fourth at 8445 N. Belt Line Road in Irving, a company spokesperson says. The Irving location opens in June and another franchise is set to open later this summer in Lewisville/The Colony.
- The family behind long-running Tex-Mex franchise El Chico is launching a new project called Cuellars’ Fajita Ranch set to open in June at 3310 N. Central Expressway in Plano, according to a press release. The Cuellars describe the new eatery's fare as "Ranch-Mex." "Texas ranch casual cuisine served in a Hill Country atmosphere," the press release reads. "This blend of Texas ranch food and Tex-Mex will allow guests to pair cheese enchiladas with a side of mashed potatoes and cream gravy, or delve into chicken fried steak covered in chile con queso, or create fajitas using fresh vegetables and their choice of sauces."
- Greenville Avenue has one less late-night option — Cafe Brazil at 2900 Greenville Ave. has closed, CultureMap reports. There are still other Cafe Brazil locations, however, in Oak Lawn, University Park and Oak Cliff.
- Dallas' obsession with ice cream sandwiches continues, as California sweet spot Milk & Cream is coming to Greenville Avenue in June, CultureMap reports. The new-to-Greenville confection is "a cross between a filled doughnut and an ice cream sandwich, with a pastry standing in for the standard cookie," CultureMap reports.
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