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The Ultimate Guide to 2015 Dallas Restaurant Openings

Here's where everyone will be eating this year.

Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. is almost ready to roll in Bishop Arts.
Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. is almost ready to roll in Bishop Arts.
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2015 is shaping up to be an absolutely massive year for openings. From a long-awaited ramen restaurant at Sylvan Thirty to a made-over Sonic drive-in and expansions of popular dining destinations like Smoke, Pakpao, and Off-Site Kitchen, not to mention major new additions to the Dallas Farmers Market, here's where you'll be dining this year.

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NEW CONCEPTS

18th & Vine

Location: Oak Lawn
Major Players:
The Details: The two-story building at Throckmorton and Maple originally intended for Herrera's will instead be home to a Kansas City-style barbecue place from a catering guru. Besides barbecue, there will also be upstairs and downstairs bars with live music.
Projected Opening: Spring 2015
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Bisous Bisous

Location: West Village
The Details: Why yes, macarons are the new cupcake. Frequent farmers market vendor Bisous Bisous is going brick-and-mortar with a West Village bakery that will also include a coffee bar. Besides macarons, expect tarts, éclairs, croissants, and a rotating selection of seasonal desserts.
Projected Opening: January 2015
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Braindead Brewing

Location: Deep Ellum
Major Players: Sam Wynne, Drew Huerter, Jeff Fryman
The Details: Wynne (son of restaurateur Shannon and co-creator of burger joint Rodeo Goat), former DEBC brewmaster Huerter, and Fryman (a cicerone formerly of The Common Table) are teaming up to open a brewpub that will serve 42 beers (a dozen or so brewed on-site) and a small 
Projected Opening: This Winter
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Cafe Momentum

Location: Downtown
Major Players: Chad Houser, Eric Shelton
The Details: The nonprofit group dedicated to teaching hospitality industry skills to former juvenile offenders is taking their pop-up dinners brick and mortar with a restaurant at Thanksgiving Square.
Projected Opening: January 29
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Cépage: A Wine Bar

Location: Deep Ellum
Major Players: Jean-Michel Sakouhi
The Details: A wine bar in Deep Ellum? Yep, it's happening, thanks to a Dallas industry vet who's opened (and closed) more restaurants than you can shake a stick at. Expect French-y fare like the fancy sandwich known as the croque madame, and wine. Lots of wine.
Projected Opening: January 2015
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CiboDivino Marketplace

Location: Sylvan Thirty
Major Players: Daniele Puleo
The Details: Originally named Bottega Italia, this market/restaurant from the former Daniele Osteria chef (and current owner of Inzo Italian Kitchen in Fort Worth and Roanoke) will encompass a coffee bar, a deli counter with charcuterie, prepared foods, and made-to-order pizza, sandwiches, and salads, along with a ton of wine.
Projected Opening: Originally estimated for December 2014
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C'Viche Tequila Bar

Location: Lowest Greenville
Major Players: Randall Warder
The Details: The Clark Food & Wine Co. chef/owner is putting a fast-casual concept right next door that will showcase ceviches and crudos as well as non-seafood items like tacos and quesadillas. A full bar will focus on tequila, rum, pisco, and cachaça, with cocktails starting at around $6, plus local craft and Latin beers.
Projected Opening: January 2015
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Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.

Location: Bishop Arts
The Details: Classic and specialty grilled cheese sandwiches, soups, salads, craft cocktails, local beer and wine are coming to Oak Cliff with this new concept that's positing itself as a "gastropub."
Projected Opening: January 2015
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El Bolero

Location: Design District
Major Players: Apheleia (Richard and Tiffanee Ellman), John Paul Valverde
The Details: The restaurant group behind Pakpao and Oak continues its Design District domination with regional Mexican food. Chef Hugo Galvan formerly cooked at Cafe San Miguel, and with Coeval Studio's Valverde on the team, you can bet El Bolero will be a looker.
Projected Opening: Early 2015
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Fork

Location: Unknown
Major Players: John Tesar
The Details: This is not a drill: Knife and Spoon chef John Tesar really is opening an Italian restaurant called Fork after shuttering Spoon for relocation. Other than that, very little is known just yet.
Projected Opening: Spring 2015
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Henderson Avenue Country Club

Location: Henderson Ave.
The Details: The former Tried & True space next to Capitol Pub is being invaded by a "honky-tonk" heavy on the barbecue and country music, courtesy of the team behind nearby Henderson Tap House.
Projected Opening:
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Hickory Kitchen

Location: Plano
Major Players: Kent Rathbun
The Details: Abacus and Jasper's owner Rathbun is going casual with burgers and barbecue near 121 and the Dallas North Tollway. Expect sit-down service, "fancy cheese fries," and special attention paid to sides like burnt end beans and baked potato salad. 
Projected Opening: Spring 2015

Ida Claire

Location: Addison
Major Players: Fork It Over
The Details: What the heck is a "Southern gastropub"? Find out when the restaurant group behind Velvet Taco and Whiskey Cake debuts their newest concept in the former Truluck's space on Belt Line Road.
Projected Opening: Summer 2015
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K.T. Burger & Five Creeks Tavern

Location: Highland Park Village
Major Players: Ray Washburne, Buddy Cramer
The Details: Going into the former Village Kitchen/Toko V building is a duo of restaurants from the team behind Katy Trail Ice House: A fast-casual burger restaurant and "an American grill" that will actually serve mostly Italian fare (er, okay) like Neapolitan pizzas and pastas.
Projected Opening: March (K.T. Burger), April (Five Creeks Tavern)
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Kessler Park Eating House

Location: Oak Cliff
Major Players: Jonathon and Christine Erdeljac
The Details: The owners of ever-popular O.C. brunching spot Jonathon's are opening a second concept that will reportedly focus on homey dishes from Erdeljac's childhood like pierogis, fresh pasta, and pepperoni rolls. 
Projected Opening: Sometime this winter
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Luscher's

Location: Deep Ellum
Major Players: Brian Luscher
The Details: The Grape chef/owner will spotlight his handmade hot dogs and sausages alongside Wagyu Italian beef sandwiches, local beer, and perhaps even some locally made ice cream.
Projected Opening: Possibly as soon as the end of January
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Mudhen

Location: Dallas Farmers Market
Major Players: Shannon Wynne
The Details: The major revamp of the downtown farmers market will include a new restaurant venture from king of flying things Shannon Wynne (Meddlesome Moth, Lark on the Park, Bird Cafe, Flying Saucer, et al). Expect a menu that leans healthy, with plenty of seasonal veg as well as craft cocktails. 
Projected Opening: Spring 2015
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Pinstack

Location: Plano
Major Players: Coeval Studio
The Details: The fancy bowling alley trend continues with this new concept coming to the Dallas North Tollway near Windhaven. It will include a restaurant focused on "chef-inspired modern American cuisine."
Projected Opening: This winter
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Rapscallion

Location: Lowest Greenville
Major Players: Brooks and Bradley Anderson, Nathan Tate
The Details: The Boulevardier team is bringing modern Southern food to the under-construction strip near Trader Joe's that will also be home to B.B.Bop and Yucatan Taco Stand.
Projected Opening: 2015
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Saint Rocco

Location: Trinity Groves
Major Players: Phil Romano
The Details: Not much has been said about this pet project from Phil Romano, other than it's New York-style Italian food.
Projected Opening: Unknown
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Samudraa

Location: West Plano
Major Players: Vijay Sadhu
The Details: Sadhu, formerly of Pepper Smash and the sadly short-lived Sutra, is opening a restaurant focused on "Indian Ocean coastal cuisine" (think Singaporean and Malaysian) in the former Chennai Cafe space on Tennyson Parkway near Preston Road.
Projected Opening: Originally estimated for December 2014
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Spork

Location: Far North Dallas
Major Players: Eric Justice
The Details: With a little help from partners Tim Byres, Chris Jeffers, Chris Zielke (think Smoke, Bolsa, and Chicken Scratch) and Pie 3.14 owner Sean Conner, former Mexican Sugar chef Justice is transforming an abandoned Sonic drive-in into a laid-back, chef-driven restaurant. Expect pretzel-crusted chicken tenders, bulgogi kimchi fries, burgers with unique toppings, and a full bar with specialty cocktails.
Projected Opening: February 1
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Sushi Bayashi

Location: Trinity Groves
Major Players: Yuki Hirabayashi
The Details: The burgeoning dining neighborhood across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge will soon have a casual sushi bar led by the former sushi chef from Victory Park's Kenichi.
Projected Opening: Unknown (originally slated for mid-2014)
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Ten

Location: Sylvan Thirty
Major Players: Teiichi Sakurai
The Details: The Tei-An chef/owner will finally debut his long-awaited and highly anticipated ramen shop this winter. Expect just 13 seats and a few different styles of ramen including tonkotsu and miso that will be priced at $10 or less.
Projected Opening: Late January to early February
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Town Hearth

Location: Design District
Major Players: Nick Badovinus
The Details: The Neighborhood Services/Off-Site Kitchen mogul is building a new Design District restaurant from scratch that will reportedly feature open-hearth cooking, a raw bar, a dry-aging room, and a whole lot of wine.
Projected Opening: March 2015
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Twenty-Seven

Location: Deep Ellum
Major Players: David Anthony Temple (AKA Chef DAT)
The Details: Long a fixture in the city's underground dining scene, DAT is finally opening up a restaurant of his own. (No, it's not the po'boy spot once planned for Lakewood.) Expect a prix-fixe, dinner-only menu with four options: field (vegetarian), land (omnivore), sea (pescatarian), and signature (seasonal).
Projected Opening: January 2015
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Whisk Crêpes Café

Location: Sylvan Thirty
Major Players: Julien Eelsen
The Details: A real live Frenchman is opening a tiny fast-casual creperie at the up-and-coming Oak Cliff development that will also be home to Ten. Expect sweet and savory crepes, beer, wine, and cider, and interestingly enough, an interior by the designer who did Johnny Cash's Nashville home.
Projected Opening: Early 2015
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???

Location: Unknown
Major Players: Matt McCallister
The Details: The FT33 golden boy has remained very tight-lipped on his upcoming project, but he did recently confirm that it will be opening sometime this year. Stay tuned for an official announcement in the coming weeks.
Projected Opening: 2015
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EXPANSIONS

Alamo Drafthouse

Location: The Cedars
The Details: The much-loved Austin-based dine-in movie theater will make its two-story debut in The Cedars with two patios, skyline views, a ton of beer on tap, and karaoke rooms.
Projected Opening: Mid-2015
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Buzzbrews

Location: Lakewood
The Details: Late-night staple Buzzbrews is bringing its griddle toast and stuffed crepes to the old Tipperary Inn space on Live Oak that was briefly occupied by The Mecca.
Projected Opening: Spring 2015
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Carnival Barker's

Location: Oak Cliff
The Details: Truck Yard dessert fixture Carnival Barker's is opening a second location at the up-and-coming Jefferson Tower development that's also home to recently opened Small Brewpub. The ice cream shop will reportedly share space with an art gallery.
Projected Opening: First quarter of 2015
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Cultivar Coffee

Location: Oak Cliff
The Details: Local roasters Cultivar will open their third outlet (the first two are located inside Good 2 Go Taco and Hypnotic Donuts Denton in the Jefferson Tower development that's also home to Small Brewpub (and soon, another Carnival Barker's Ice Creams).
Projected Opening: First quarter of 2015
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Dee Lincoln Steak

Location: Oak Lawn, Fort Worth
Major Players: Dee Lincoln
The Details: Red meat queen and Del Frisco's co-founder Dee Lincoln is expanding with two more locations: The Shops at Highland Park (in the former La Duni space) and Fort Worth's Museum Place development. (Think Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar in Uptown and West Plano, but with a diminished focus on burgers.)
Projected Opening: May (Oak Lawn), late March (Fort Worth)
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Dish

Location: Preston Hollow
Major Players: Tim McEneny, Garreth Dickey
The Details: Oak Lawn hot spot Dish will open in the space at Hillcrest and Northwest Highway formerly occupied by Mexican restaurant Soleo. Expect a menu that's "90 percent the same" as the original.
Projected Opening: Originally slated for end of 2014

Jasper's

Location: Richardson
Major Players: Kent Rathbun
The Details: A fourth location of Rathbun's "gourmet backyard cuisine" concept is headed to Richardson's upcoming CityLine development that will also house a LOOK Cinemas and Aloft Hotel, among other things.
Projected Opening: Summer 2015
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Rodeo Goat

Location: Design District
Major Players: Shannon Wynne, Keith Schlabs, Larry Richardson
The Details: Fort Worth's acclaimed burger-centric bar is preparing to open its second location in the Design District.
Projected Opening: January 2015
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Nammi & Coolhaus

Location: Dallas Farmers Market
The Details: The banh mi and ice cream sandwich-focused food trucks will share a space at the revamped Shed 2. Expect to see plenty of new menu items from both.
Projected Opening: Spring 2015
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Off-Site Kitchen

Location: Trinity Groves
Major Players: Nick Badovinus
The Details: It feels like we've been waiting an eternity for a second location of Design District burger mecca Off-Site Kitchen. Badovinus has promised more seating, more parking, and better air-conditioning.
Projected Opening: 2015
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Pakpao Thai

Location: Preston Hollow, West Plano
Major Players: Apheleia, Jet Tila
The Details: The Design District Thai restaurant is expanding with not one but two new locations: Preston Hollow Village at 75 and Walnut Hill, and West Plano Village (Dallas North Tollway and Parker Road).
Projected Opening: Early to mid-2015
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Rex's Seafood

Location: Dallas Farmers Market
The Details: The Lovers Lane lobster roll mavens are opening a new outlet in the revamped Shed 2 at the farmers market.
Projected Opening: Spring 2015
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Shell Shack

Location: Plano
The Details: The popular McKinney Avenue dining destination known for its crab and crawfish boils (and plenty of booze) is expanding with a second location at the southwest corner of Park Lane and the Dallas North Tollway.
Projected Opening: Spring 2015
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Smoke

Location: West Plano
Major Players: Tim Byres, Chris Jeffers, Chris Zielke
The Details: The much-lauded Belmont Hotel bastion of modern Texas cuisine is expanding to a gigantic West Plano space that once housed a Snuffer's. Expect food similar to what's on the original Smoke menu, with some fresh additions thanks to the badass custom-built hearth.
Projected Opening: January 2015
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Uchi

Location: Uptown
Major Players: Tyson Cole
The Details: The Austin-born modern Japanese sensation is opening its third location in the Arts Center on Maple Avenue.
Projected Opening: Late Winter or early Spring
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Yolk

Location: One Arts Plaza
The Details: The Chicago-based breakfast and lunch spot will open an extremely bright yellow restaurant at One Arts. Expect omelettes, crepes, chicken and waffles, and red velvet cake French toast.
Projected Opening: Early 2015
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