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The Most Anticipated Dallas Restaurant Openings of Spring 2015

The soon-to-be hot spots of the season.

Ten at Sylvan Thirty.
Ten at Sylvan Thirty.
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This spring is shaping up to be another excellent season for new dining options. Big names including Kent Rathbun, Matt McCallister, Shannon Wynne, and Nick Badovinus will all unveil new restaurants, not one but two new food hall-type concepts are slated to open, the ramen trend will continue to explode, and the Dallas Farmers Market will finally reveal its revamped Shed 2 with several restaurant tenants.

Here are the most anticipated new openings you've got to look forward to this spring:


Location: Sylvan Thirty
Major Players: Daniele Puleo
The Details: This market/restaurant from the former Daniele Osteria and Inzo Italian Kitchen chef will include an espresso bar, a deli counter with charcuterie, prepared foods, and made-to-order panini and wood-fired pizzas, along with craft beer and wine on tap and a ton of wine for retail sales; pizza delivery will be available to the surrounding area. Seating will be mostly outdoor.
Projected Opening: Spring

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. Local design mavens Coeval Studio are handling the interior; expect a handmade mosaic wall featuring Frida Kahlo.
Projected Opening: Spring


Location: Deep Ellum
Major Players: Matt McCallister
The Details: FT33's McCallister is going casual with his new Main Street concept, which "will honor simply prepared ingredients of the South" (and yes, there will be a burger on the menu). Expect an industrial vibe — the space used to be a machinist shop decades ago — and wine, craft beer, and cocktails with a Southern bent overseen by FT33 somm/general manager Jeffrey Gregory.
Projected Opening: May or June


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 table service, sides like burnt end beans and baked potato salad, and a riff on Jasper's much-beloved blue cheese potato chips.
Projected Opening: April

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 focus on homey dishes from Erdeljac's childhood like pierogies, handmade pasta, and pepperoni rolls. 
Projected Opening: Soft opening Friday, March 27

Kin Kin Urban Thai

Location: Oak Lawn
Major Players: Eddy Thretipthuangsin
The Details: Thretipthuangsin first gained recognition as the opening chef for Pakpao, and now he's returning to Dallas with a second (and third) location of Kin Kin Urban Thai. The menu includes expected Thai favorites like pad thai, tom kha, pad see ew, pork satays, and curries, as well as a burger with sticky rice patties standing in for a bun, "TFC" (Thai fried chicken), and a Southeast Asian spin on Scotch eggs. A Preston and Forest location will follow this summer.
Projected Opening: April

The Market Hall

Location: Addison
Major Players: Tony Rivera
The Details: One of four Market Halls planned for the U.S., the concept from San Diego developer Jaime Partners and L.A. restaurateur Tony Riviera unites a fresh market and a restaurant. Expect fresh produce, meat, poultry, seafood, and charcuterie, plus beer and wine and prepared foods. A full-service restaurant named MH Cafe is already open.
Projected Opening: End of May

The Market @ Dallas Farmers Market

Location: Downtown
The Details: The majorly revamped Shed 2 will have a whole bunch of new restaurants when it reopens: Think Rex's Seafood, Taqueria La Ventana, Nammi, Coolhaus, Cajun Tailgators, Si Tapas, Jack's Modern Southern Kitchen, and a kolache spot from the owner of Lower Greenville's Bohemian Cafe.
Projected Opening: Spring 2015

Montlake Cut

Location: Park Cities
Major Players: Nick Badovinus
The Details: Neighborhood Services king Badovinus is opening a casual, Seattle-inspired seafood place in the former Spoon space at Preston Center. He tells Eater the restaurant "will have a definitive saltwater focus but with a healthy dose of broader Pacific Northwest influence as well."
Projected Opening: May


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

Pie Tap

Location: Henderson Avenue
Major Players: The owners of burger chain Mooyah
The Details: This new concept currently under construction on Henderson will feature custom-built Italian pizza ovens, house-cured meats, sandwiches, and gelato; they'll offer delivery not just of pizzas but also beer and wine.
Projected Opening: End of April


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. Eddie Eakin's on cocktail duty, and a patio will face Greenville Avenue.
Projected Opening: May

Sugar Skull Cafe

Location: Trinity Groves
Major Players: Jonn Baudoin
The Details: Casa Rubia owner Jonn Baudoin is doubling down at Trinity Groves with this fast-casual homage to Mexico City street food. Expect tacos (including breakfast versions), ceviche, churros, huaraches, margaritas, and more.
Projected Opening: April


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 spring. Expect a few different styles of ramen including tonkotsu and miso that will be priced around $10, but be prepared to eat and run — the place is tiny, with only a dozen or so seats.
Projected Opening: Any day now


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. Chef de cuisine Nilton "Junior" Borges, Jr. hails from NYC, and San Salvaje executive chef Alex Astranti has been lured away from the Stephan Pyles empire to serve as a sous chef.
Projected Opening: Early Spring

Wabi House

Location: Lowest Greenville
Major Players: Kenzo Tran, Dien Nguyen
The Details: Ramen is coming to Lowest Greenville courtesy of the owner of Piranha Killer Sushi and Pho District, and Piranha's head chef. Expect several different ramen varieties as well as izakaya-style small plates — plus late night hours.
Projected Opening: May