Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Sneak peek: 8 coming-soon eateries in Trinity Groves
Prepare your appetite.
WEST DALLAS In a year’s time, the West Dallas neighborhood Trinity Groves transformed from a seemingly forgotten plot of land at the base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge into a vibrant foodie district. Today, hungry patrons now have their choice of American, Asian, Mediterranean, and Cajun cuisine all on one block. Barbecue, hot dogs and beer are there, too.
But this array of eats is only the beginning. Restaurateur Phil Romano and a group of investors are developing Trinity Groves’ 15-acres as an incubator program, where local entrepreneurs can pitch their ideas and receive funding in exchange for a share in the company. Eventually, Trinity Groves will also have residential space.
This spring, expect another wave of restaurant openings. Here's a preview:
Kitchen LTO — This restaurant, deemed DFW’s first “permanent pop-up,” is already open now, but it's getting a facelift and a new chef in 2014. Eric Shelton won the opportunity with a popular vote, and he plans to cook modern American fare. He stays for four months, then it's a new chef's turn. Projected (re)opening on February 5.
Restaurants already open in Trinity GrovesResto Gastro Bistro: modern American
LUCK: beer-infused fare
Chino Chinatown: Asian-Latin fusion
AmberJax: seafood and fish market
Casa Rubia: Spanish tapas
Babb Bros. BBQ & Blues: barbecue
Hofmann Hots: loaded hot dogs
Four Corners Brewing Co.: craft beer
Potato Flats — This build-your-own potato bar is one of Romano’s ideas. Customers will load their baked spud “Chipotle-style — like and open-faced sandwich,” he explained. Toppings include proteins like chicken, brisket, turkey and beef, along with vegetables. The restaurant will also serve pre-set recipes like Italian or Indian potato flats. Projected opening in April.
Saint Rocco’s — Romano and former executive chef of eatZi’s Jay Valley traveled to New York last year to hone their culinary concept for Saint Rocco’s, an Italian comfort food joint. At a tasting last August, the duo previewed stick-to-your-ribs courses like braised short ribs and sweet corn polenta. Projected opening in May.
Sushi Bayashi — Chef Yuki Hirabayashi, a native of Tokyo, said the Japanese “feel seasons with food,” so he plans to change his sushi menu regularly. Hirabayashi is devising a washoku (traditional food) and wagashi (sweets) menu. There will be sake, too. Projected opening in May.
DiDi’s Tamale Diner — The business currently has one location in Mesquite, but owner Michael Beck said their second space in Trinity Groves is bigger and will allow DiDi’s to expand the daily menu. Expect an array of Central American tamales, many wrapped in banana leaves instead of cornhusks. Projected opening in May.
Cake Bar — A retail bakeshop, Cake Bar will sell “southern cakes” and ice cream, according to owner and chef Tracy German. Cake flavors such as red velvet, Key lime, coconut and Italian crème will be available for purchase by the slice. And though Cake Bar will not serve alcohol, there will be a happy hour discount on confections weekdays from 2 to 5 p.m. Projected opening in late spring.
Kate Weiser Chocolate — Chocolatier Kate Weiser described her forthcoming shop as a place “where chocolate meets art.” You’ll find Weiser’s signature hand-painted bonbons in 24 flavors like hazelnut latte, Grand Marnier, and strawberry basil, alongside inventive treats like bacon toffee and chocolate soda. She’ll also sell espresso and hot chocolate. Projected opening in the spring.
Off-Site Kitchen — The esteemed burger house Off-Site Kitchen is setting up a second residence in Trinity Groves. (Off-Site Kitchen is not part of the incubator program, according to Trinity Groves spokeswoman Jessica Ring.) The restaurant specializes in hearty burgers and slow-cooked meat. Projected opening in the summer.
Other future prospects:
Chef Sharon Van Meter, founder of 3015 at Trinity Groves catering company, is reportedly opening a French cafe called Beignet Bridge Club in a property adjacent to her current establishment, according to the Trinity Groves website. Van Meter couldn't confirm the concept yet and said via email "right now, too many changes."
Romano is also developing apartments and multi-family residences on 80 acres of land surrounding Trinity Groves, reports Dallas Business Journal. The first apartments are expected to show up in 2016 and the project is estimated to cost $2 billion, the paper said.Follow @tineywristwatch
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