In this week's DFW food news round-up, a "chestaurant" shutters, a barbecue joint expands and Bon Appetit is apparently not done gushing about Dallas food:
- Hutchins BBQ is about to begin renovations at its flagship restaurant in McKinney, according to a press release. Construction will start by September and is slated to finish by the end of the year.
Plans include the addition of over 3,000 square feet to the restaurant. This expansion will add an additional 80 seats, a banquet room to seat up to 40 people and an updated patio to seat 20. The total seating capacity for the new restaurant will be 200.
Additional features include a new drive-thu, two new pits, new restrooms, dry storage, and a walk-in cooler.
- Turns out, Bon Appetit has more praise for Dallas restaurants other than its gushing about Trompo. The magazine has also named Rapscallion's cabrito kebab one of the "Five best new sandwiches of 2016." "Somewhere between a taco and a gyro lies this goat-topped flatbread thingamajig," Bon Appetit writes. "All you need to know is that it’s messy and delicious and topped with Aleppo yogurt, pickled watermelon rind and toasted pistachios."
- Today is National Vinyl Record Day, which is definitely not news of note, but Ida Claire is celebrating by letting guests spin their own records tonight. "Guests are encouraged to bring their own vinyls into the restaurant to listen to while imbibing and rocking out with friends," according to a press release. "Ida Claire will feature her normal vinyl hour specials from 4 p.m. to close." Let's hope Ida Claire's regulars have good taste in vinyl.
- Tallywackers, the male equivalent to the ever-prevalent American breastaurant, has closed, Guide Live reports. "According to [owner Rodney] Duke, the closing is temporary," Tiney Ricciardi writes. "He is currently working with investors to look for a new spot to open. Tallywackers closed Aug. 8, but there is not currently a location or reopen date on the books, he said."
- Another restaurant has been announced for The Star, the forthcoming Dallas Cowboy headquarters in Frisco: The Common Table, Escape Hatch reports. "Restaurateurs Mark Hearl, Corey Pond, Mike Yeatman and Rodman Shields have leased a 6,200-square-foot space between Mi Cocina and Howard Wang’s China Grill for a second location of their popular Uptown restaurant, which specializes in casual dishes, burgers and one of the city’s best beer selections," Mike Hiller writes. The mixed-use development has signed on several food vendors for its "entertainment district," including Liberty Burger and Dee Lincoln Prime.
- Another big name has been added to the roster for the high-profile food hall coming to Plano: John Tesar, CultureMap reports. Knife Burger, an obvious nod to Tesar's steakhouse Knife, will serve several of the restaurant's most popular burgers at the forthcoming food hall, which will also include projects from Matt McCallister and the husband and wife duo behind Patina Green Home and Market.
- "Scott DFW," the mysterious figure behind the blog now famous for taking down trendy chocolatiers Mast Brothers, has been nominated for a Saveur award: "Food & Culture Award: The best single piece of food writing and cultural commentary." You can vote for Scott DFW's blog, Dallas Food, on Saveur's website.
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