In this week's roundup of DFW food news, a popular limited-hours barbecue joint switches things up a little, and Uptown gets a taco swap.
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- Changes are brewing at Cattleack BBQ, but don't get too excited: It's still open only on Thursdays and Fridays (save for the whole hog day the first Saturday of the month), but instead of closing at 2 p.m. every day, it's closing when the meat runs out. "We will now lock our doors when we run out of meat instead of exactly 2 p.m., as long as we have hungry customers at our shack," Cattleack's owners said in a recent email. "To avoid customers making a wasted trip, we will post each day when we are closed only on Instagram. If you currently don't follow us on Instagram, I highly recommend that you do."
- If you haven't been on an Uptown taco crawl lately, you might not have noticed that Urban Taco closed March 31. But more tacos are taking its place: Another location of Velvet Taco will open in the space, but an exact open date hasn't been announced. "Creator and partner of Urban Taco, Markus Pineyro, explains they have outgrown the location and chose to not renew the lease after nine years," according to a press release. "The partners feel a different concept such as Velvet Taco is a better fit for the neighborhood at this stage."
Urban Taco, which has a location in Mockingbird Station, is still open with plans to expand the concept, according to the release. “We are very much alive and well at the Mockingbird Station restaurant and look forward to taking the newly designed and branded concept to other areas," Pineyro said in the release. "Uptown is no longer in our business plan, but we know Velvet Taco will do very well there.”
- The Joule Hotel's gem of a chef is leaving Headington Cos.' gaggle of restaurants to do his own thing\, a new joint venture with Stephan Courseau of Le Bilboquet and Up On Knox. So far, details on the new project are scarce, but Junior Borges is out at Mirador and its sister restaurants and is headed to Knox.
"The new concept will be in the same Knox area neighborhood as Le Bilboquet and Up On Knox, but the exact location and name have yet to be released," according to a press release. "'Stephan and I share the same vision and want to create a restaurant that is refined, yet at the same time approachable, and continues to push Dallas further into the national restaurant scene,'" Borges says. He'll be executive chef and partner of the mysterious new restaurant.
- There's a new "specialty cookie and catering company" on Mockingbird Lane, according to a press release. "With a signature shortbread cookie treat, Le Gourmet Baking brings its unique concept to a new Lovers Lane storefront." In the Hakan International Building at 5601 W. Lovers Lane, the catering and takeout spot specializes in "soups, sandwiches, tartines and a la carte sides like their delicious three-cheese pimento cheese, along with quiche and salads," according to the release. "Busy moms can also pick up lunch for their little ones. They offer two kid's meals at this time."
The bakery started as a cottage industry meal-delivery service in Northwest Dallas in 2012, catering primarily to Park Cities and Preston Hollow. Founder Becky Nelson sells her shortbread cookies to high-end stores like Neiman Marcus and Royal Blue Grocery, according to the release. The divorced mother of three turned down a cookie vendor gig with Trader Joe's to chase her dream client: Neiman Marcus. She now sells six kinds of cookies year-round for the department store.
Le Gourmet Baking is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
- A new restaurant is hoping to "eradicate hunger" in Fort Worth by letting customers choose what they pay. Taste Community Restaurant "may surprise guests with a menu lacking in prices, but these omissions are no mistake," according to the release. "As a nonprofit dedicated to eradicating hunger, Taste encourages its guests to pay what they can afford for their meal, with a bit extra — if they’re financially capable — as a way of making fresh and wholesome food available to all guests, regardless of income. All profits gained from restaurant proceeds and donations are reinvested into the restaurant’s mission to end hunger in Tarrant County." The food insecure will have to head to Taste's website to make reservations in advance, however.