The restaurant scene in Dallas remains vibrant, with dozens of openings on the table from here through 2017. There are so many coming, we needed a list — a list of every restaurant opening around Dallas for the rest of 2016.
Hopefully we got ’em all.
Betty Ringer Ice Cream
Stephen Smith, founder of Nib Chocolates. It’s going into the empty space next to art gallery Iota, and it will offer ice cream, along with some of Smith’s well-known confections, including his signature caramels. Construction on the shop — which is named for two of his pets — has just begun, with an opening scheduled in time for the 2016 holiday season.
After a noble but short-lived effort to expand to Dallas in 2013, this Korean fried-chicken chain takes another stab at the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with plans for several locations, beginning with The Colony, off Highway 121, between 423 and Plano Parkway, set to open by the end of 2016.
Bowls and Tacos
New restaurant from the team from Deep Ellum brewpub Braindead Brewing. It’s located at 3400 Commerce St., in the gorgeous vintage Gulf station at the corner of Canton Street. In addition to tacos, the restaurant will serve poke bowls, a Hawaiian dish with raw fish, rice, seaweed, and avocado.
From former Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek chef Bruno Davaillon, this new restaurant will do a lighter version of French food. It’ll open in spring 2017 in the 400 Record building, i.e., the former Belo building currently being renovated.
Pizza chain opens a branch at The Star, the Cowboys facility in Frisco, right across from the main entrance to the stadium. It will be joined by a Cow Tipping Creamery, Cane Rosso’s soft-serve ice cream sibling. This marks the ninth Cane Rosso and the sixth in Dallas.
Chip’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers
Old-time burger chain has a new branch in the works, set to open in Frisco’s Granite Park area. One of Dallas’ original burger joints, Chip’s has been around for more than 30 years, doing what many feel are the best burgers in town. The menu includes burgers, milkshakes, cheese fries, onion rings, tater tots, and sweet potato fries.
New taqueria concept from the owners of Cinco Tacos Cocina in Addison (previously known as Lazaranda) will open in Preston Hollow Village, serving some similar dishes as the original but with a more narrow focus. They’ll be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with breakfast tacos, plus chicken, pork, seafood, and a vegetarian taco of the week.
California-based chain, which debuted in Texas in 2015, is opening a branch in Richardson, next door to Alamo Drafthouse in the Richardson Heights shopping center. Cinnaholic is a custom cinnamon roll concept, with more than 30 frosting flavors and nearly two dozen toppings. Everything is dairy-free, lactose-free, egg-free, and cholesterol-free, making Cinnaholic vegan-friendly.
Casual little sister to Le Cirque, the New York restaurant from Sirio Maccioni will open in early 2017 on the bottom two floors of the tower under construction at 2519 McKinney Ave. The restaurant will be adjoined by resort-style features that include a glass-bottomed pool, private cabanas, and several bars.
Dot’s Hop House & Cocktail Courtyard
Craft beer bar and beer garden opening in Deep Ellum from a quartet of guys who’ve carved out a reputation for craft beer excellence in Denton, at spots such as Lucky Lou’s, EastSide Denton, and the highly respected craft beer emporium Oak Street Draft House. Food by chef Nick Wells will be American fare with a Texas flair.
Pizza concept opens branch on Parker Road near the Dallas North Tollway, in a former Pizza By Marco (the local chain forced to change its name to My Family’s Pizza in 2014, which also has another branch in the neighborhood). This Dough will be a different, smaller “neighborhood” model than the original at Preston Road and Forest Lane.
Laid-back burger and beer joint concept from Canada with upscale, high-energy cuisine, including house-made sauces, locally sourced ingredients, and innovative chef-led experiments is one of the many concepts opening at the Legacy West project in West Plano.
Food truck opens permanent space in Deep Ellum in fall, aiming to win over diners with items such as their beef slider patty topped with Texas sausage, Shiner-braised onions and peppers, and horseradish mustard.
El Pollo Loco
Chicken chain from California continues its Dallas-Fort Worth seep with new branches opening in Dallas (at 9455 Forest Ln.), Hurst, and Grand Prairie.
Ferris Wheeler’s Backyard & BBQ
Fun restaurant concept is opening on the edge of the Dallas Design District, from This and That Concepts, the team behind Wayward Sons. It’ll break new ground with a feature that surely no other restaurant offers: a Ferris wheel, barbecue, craft beer, patio, and an outdoor performance space à la The Rustic and The Foundry.
Fogo de Chao
Brazilian-style steakhouse will open a branch in Uptown in fall 2016. Menu features chicken, beef, lamb, and pork served on skewers and carved tableside by authentic Gaucho chefs. Sides include cheese bread, fried bananas, polenta, and seasoned mashed potatoes.
New concept will open its first Dallas location on the ground floor of the Gaston Medical Office Building, on the Baylor campus in the fall. It’ll be the first of three locations to open in Dallas in the next few years.
Green House Market
Second branch of healthy restaurant from NorthPark Center will open in Uptown in late fall, at the Rosewood Court office building. It’ll take over the old Paradise Bakery space. Green House Market is a spin-off from the team behind Green House Truck, Dallas’ first food truck, which launched in 2009.
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
International Japanese barbecue restaurant chain will go into the old India West space at the corner of Belt Line Road and Montfort Drive in Addison. Japanese barbecue, aka yakiniku, is said to be similar to Korean barbecue. Early fall.
Quick-serve New York concept with chicken, falafel, and pita bread opens a second Dallas-area branch this fall, this time in Richardson. It will join VertsKebap and Rock Wood Fired Kitchen at Richardson Restaurant Park, on US Highway 75 at Belt Line Road.
Three-story restaurant and bar from the team that owns Mexican Sugar and Whiskey Cake will open in 2017 next to the Legacy Food Hall in Plano. This one has a Texana theme, with a menu reminiscent of its Ranch at Las Colinas concept.
New concept from the Hillstone group takes over the former Patrizio spot in Highland Park Village. It’ll feature a patio with an oak tree and some of the company’s favorite dishes from the locations in Beverly Hills and Montecito, including sandwiches, salads, snacks, and an extensive list of wines by the glass.
Noodle concept opens in Plano in December at 8245 Preston Rd., near the Nylo Hotel. Noodle makers will make fresh udon in front of diners in a cafeteria-style dining room. The menu will also include musubi sandwiches and snacks such as tempura.
Kabuki Japanese Restaurant
Hip, casual California Asian chain comes to Dallas with a branch opening in fall 2016 at Galleria Dallas. The menu, devised by chef Masa Kurihara, is a sprawling document with appetizers, small plates, sushi, poke, teriyaki plates, noodles, rice, and hot pots.
Kai Asian Bistro
Restaurateur Alberto Lombardi’s Asian bistro will join the Legacy West complex in West Plano, opening in early 2017. Update: A spokesperson says that the Asian bistro concept has changed and may not be called Kai.
Rotating-staff restaurant that was formerly in Trinity Groves has relocated to 2901 Elm St. in Deep Ellum, former home to Twenty-Seven. Chef for the October 25 opening is Josh Harmon, whose Southern menu includes fried chicken, short rib, shrimp and grits, Korean sticky duck leg, fried green tomatoes, and beef tartare.
Lovers Seafood and Market
Tentative name for a new seafood restaurant from Shinsei owners Lynae Fearing and Tracy Rathbun, with chef Aaron Staudenmaier, who is returning to Dallas from Boot Ranch in Fredericksburg. They plan to open in December in the former Rex’s Seafood spot on West Lovers Lane.
Manny Rios, who comes from the Mia’s Tex-Mex clan, tries another branch of his popular Uptown restaurant in Lakewood, in the space at Mockingbird and Abrams that was most recently occupied by Rex’s Seafood. It’ll open in mid-October.
Martha Stewart Cafe
Coffee shop at the Macy’s store at Galleria Dallas from the queen of good taste will open in early November. It will be the third location. In addition to coffee drinks, the cafe will feature an assortment of pastries from local bakeries.
Second branch of the highly rated Oak Cliff authentic Mexican restaurant, will open November 7. At 6,000 square feet, it’ll be three times bigger than the original. Chef-owner Raul Reyes, who is known for his handwork, did a lot of the building himself, from interior construction to fixtures to a welded metal wall sculpture.
Fifth installment from Tex-Mex restaurateur Mico Rodriguez goes into Legacy West development in West Plano, in early 2017.
Moxie’s Bar & Grill
Casual dining chain from Canada opens its first restaurant in the United States in Dallas at the Crescent in fall 2016. It’s a place to get wings and drinks after work, or a pre- or post-game dinner-and-drinks destination. Favorites from their globally inspired menu include chipotle chicken, garlic steak, and their famous white chocolate brownie.
Imran and Asim Sheikh, owners of the hot Uptown bar Citizen, describe this new concept as vibrant, experiential, and the first of its kind in Texas. Sample dishes will include lima lomo, featuring a beef filet with picante teriyaki and cranberry salsa, and Nikkei sushi, with yellowtail, tomato, jalapeño, coriander, and yuzu soy. It will open in the former Medici space in the fall.
Niwa Japanese BBQ
Indie “yakiniku” concept opens in fall in Deep Ellum, next to Monkey King. Also known as Japanese barbecue, yakiniku is similar to Korean barbecue — or fondue spots, for that matter — in which diners cook their own food at the table. They’re in a vintage building that was for many years an auto glass repair shop.
Second branch of the French-Cajun restaurant that opened in Frisco Square in 2013, across from Toyota Stadium. It will open in the former Brackets space near the Highland Dallas hotel in early fall. Menu has all your Cajun basics, including gumbo, she-crab soup, oysters, and Andouille sausage.
Fox Restaurants Concept offers its contemporary take on northern Italian food with pizza, pastas, sandwiches, and more. Brunch is offered on both Saturdays and Sundays. Chain was born in 2002 and has locations in Colorado, Arizona, California, Kansas, and Texas. Opening in West Plano’s Legacy West development in early 2017.
New tiki-themed bar takes over the Three Sheets space on Ross Avenue, where it will open in early fall. It’s a collaboration between Three Sheets owner Patrick Tetrick, Mark Beardon, and SBBC Hospitium, which owns bars such as Truth and Alibi and the Tipsy Alchemist.
Public School 972
Los Angeles gastropub concept with a cute academic theme does chef-driven food and craft beers. The first local branch debuted in Dallas in 2015. This second branch will open in Addison in the old Mi Piaci space at 14854 Montfort Ave. in fall 2016.
Roots Southern Table
Tiffany Derry gets back into the restaurant world this winter, opening a new restaurant in Trinity Groves, in the space next to Off-Site Kitchen, right on Singleton Boulevard. Menu will include beef stuffed with collard, mustard, and turnip greens; and duck-fat fried chicken.
Gourmet, healthy New York pizza experience in a fast-casual format will open its first Dallas-area branch in Addison Circle, in a spot with pizza DNA: the former location of Pastazio. The “skinny” part of the name refers to the crust: It’s very thin and crisp. They also offer whole wheat and gluten-free crusts.
Alberto Lombardi’s Italian bistro will join the Legacy West complex in West Plano, opening in early 2017.
Mexican concept with tacos and more from restaurateur Mike Karns opens in fall in the former home of Stephan Pyles’ San Salvaje. Karns has a big stake in downtown Dallas, where he already runs Meso Maya and Taqueria La Ventana, near the Perot Museum, and he has opened a Taqueria La Ventana at the Dallas Farmers Market.
Alberto Lombardi’s authentic French bistro will join the Legacy West complex in West Plano, opening in early 2017.
True Food Kitchen
Flagship of Fox Restaurant Concepts expands its presence in Dallas from its original location at Preston Center with this new branch opening at the Legacy West development in Plano in early 2017.
Part of California-based King’s Seafood Company, Water Grill premiered in Los Angeles in 1989. In Dallas, it’s going in at 1920 McKinney Ave., an 11-story office and retail project one block from Klyde Warren Park. The menu will include oysters with up to 18 varieties, plus live sea urchin, lobster, and crab.
Wokk Asian Cookhouse
Modern Asian concept where old meets new in Asian dining will open in Richardson at US 75 and Spring Valley Road in the fall. The menu incorporates local produce on dishes such as sesame chicken salad, soy garlic chicken, and spicy popcorn chicken.
Zoli’s NY Pizza Tavern
The original Zoli’s in the Bishop Arts District closed in 2015, leaving a huge loss in the local pizza landscape. This revival opening in Addison in late fall 2016 will take it to the next level, with a bigger space and broader menu of pizza, sandwiches, pastas, entrées, and more.