Friday, January 31, 2014
Night owls, take note: D-FW kitchens are staying up as late as 4 a.m.
Whoever said “nothing good happens after 2 a.m.” may soon be singing a different tune. A slew of new and newish restaurants in Dallas and Fort Worth are staying up late enough to delight the hungriest night owls.
The witching hour is 1 a.m. for Tanoshii Ramen + Bar in Deep Ellum on Fridays and Saturdays. Tanoshii’s late-night menu features steamed buns, dumplings and ramen hot pots.
If you were hoping for a Fort Worth taco fix at Revolver Taco Lounge but show up after its 11:30 p.m. closing time, a new Velvet Taco (see Juicy Bites) nearby keeps ’em coming till 4 a.m. (That’s when the Dallas Velvet Taco puts away its taco holders, too.)
But the new late-night dining isn’t just about street foods: At Gemma, a new chef-driven dining room on North Henderson Avenue, you can indulge in beef tartare or crispy veal sweetbreads into the wee hours. Its kitchen is open until 1 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Chef Stephen Rogers, who owns the month-old restaurant with his wife, Allison Yoder, aims to appeal to hospitality workers who might be hungry for something other than tacos or ramen after their shifts. Some go for Gemma’s Industry Special — chicken Milanese with fennel, arugula and red onion. It’s available only after 10 p.m., and hotel and restaurant employees are already taking note, Rogers says.
“We’re getting about 50 percent of people who had an event and wanted to eat dinner afterwards,” he says. “The other 50 percent have been some industry people who get off work at 11 and they’re hungry.”
Juicy news bites
- 4226 Preston Road (between John Hickman Parkway and Stockard Drive), Frisco. 469-287-9035. 3stacksbbq.com.
Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling, owners of Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House in East Dallas, have opened the Blind Butcher on Lower Greenville. For now, they’re only serving drinks; Tobin and Yingling plan to offer a menu that stars house-made sausage and pâtés and house-cured meats beginning Feb. 6.
- 1919 Greenville Ave., Dallas. facebook.com/theblindbutcher.
There’s a new Velvet Taco in the West Seventh neighborhood of Fort Worth, the second in North Texas. Like the North Henderson Avenue original in Dallas, it features gussied-up tacos with ingredients such as Cuban-style roast pork, ahi tuna and fried paneer.
- 2700 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth. 817-887-9810. velvettacofw.com.
Three restaurants on McKinney Avenue in Uptown have closed: Sfuzzi, Pozo Mercado and Acme Social Club (formerly known as Acme F&B). Three Sheets Uptown, a sibling to the original Three Sheets bar on Ross Avenue, has opened in the former Pozo space.
- Three Sheets Uptown, 2908 McKinney Ave., Dallas. threesheetsdallas.com.
Tiney Ricciardi and Amanda Wilkins contributed to this report.