Restaurant Buzz

Dallas Dining News for July 2013

Amy Adams
July 01, 2013

Uchi ooh! After conquering Houston and Austin, chef-owner Tyson Cole brings his outstanding contemporary Japanese cuisine to 2817 Maple Avenue in late 2014/early 2015 … Attention cinephiles, foodies and craft beer enthusiasts: The seven-screen Alamo Drafthouse opens in the Richardson Heights Shopping Center August 16. For those who just can’t wait, the theater kicks off its free outdoor summer series with a showing of Dazed and Confused in the parking lot on July 13. All right, all right, all right … Owners Leslie Needleman and Mary Kathryn Bass have reopened The Gem in Preston Center. The menu includes new smoothies and power shots as well as the much-requested veggie salad, all served under a disco ball … Founder Casie Caldwell confirms a new date for the opening of Kitchen LTO (Limited Time Offer) in Trinity Groves: September 3. The 2,500-square-foot venue is a permanent pop-up restaurant where emerging chefs and designers can express themselves. Three times each year, a new team takes over, and the menu and decor gets a makeover ... Also coming to Trinity Groves this fall, chocolatier Kate Weiser — known for her edible artistry at Chocolate Secrets — will be testing everyone’s willpower via Kate Weiser ChocolatesMico Rodriguez (the mastermind behind Mi Cocina, Taco Diner and Mr. Mesero) introduces American-grill-meets-Tex-Mex-menu Mesero Miguel on Henderson later this month. The second story of the 5,000-square-foot space will house The Pedro, a bar paying tribute to film director Pedro Almodóvar … New-on-the-scene French bistro Mercat, the sophisticated sibling of neighboring Saint Ann, serves breakfast (croissants are made in-house), lunch and dinner at the edge of downtown Dallas … Grandma’s got nada on Nothing Bundt Cakes, now open at Casa Linda PlazaSprinkles Ice Cream will set up shop in Calypso Home’s former space in The Plaza at Preston Center later this summer. It’s a skip and hop away from the Sprinkles flagship, so you can have your scoop of salty caramel or Cap’n Crunch inside a red velvet waffle cone, then stop by the 24-hour cupcake ATM for, well, dessert ... Catch a caffeine buzz at Weekend Coffee, now brewing beans from Seattle-based Victrola Coffee Roasters at The Joule. Pick up the latest issue of Kinfolk while you’re there.