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The Most Anticipated Dallas Restaurant Openings, Winter 2016

Shake Shack, John Tesar's take on Italian, and more to come in 2016.

All hail the meat gods. Shake Shack is coming to Dallas.
All hail the meat gods. Shake Shack is coming to Dallas.
Shake Shack/Facebook
Amy McCarthy is a staff writer at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

Not much is growing in the dead of winter, but the Dallas restaurant scene is certainly blooming. After an impossibly big year that brought the openings of Uchi Dallas, Matt McCallister’s Filament, and Graham Dodds’ Wayward Sons, 2016 is shaping up to bring plenty of excellent new places to dine throughout the new year.

As predicted, the Dallas suburbs are hot for restaurant openings this year, evidenced by Tre Wilcox’s Julia Pearl Southern Cuisine and Shake Shack, both of which will land in Plano later this year. Southern cuisine, Italian spots, and casual fare continue to dominate the trendier options, while burgers and barbecue are reliable Dallas standbys.

There’s plenty to be excited about this year. Stay tuned here for concrete opening dates, menus, and more updates on these 13 highly-anticipated forthcoming restaurants.

Julia Pearl Southern Cuisine

Top Chef contestant Tre Wilcox joins chef de cuisine Jermaine Brown to bring Julia Pearl Southern Cuisine to Plano by the end of January. Expect southern classics like pimiento cheese and roasted Louisiana redfish alongside more modern takes, like pomegranate-glazed pork belly. Julia Pearl should be opening any day now, by end of January at the latest.

Mudhen Meats & Greens

The highly-anticipated healthy eating concept from restaurateur Shannon Wynne will finally open its doors at the Dallas Farmers Market in 2016. Look forward to paleo and gluten-free options alongside healthy dishes and a strict no-soda policy. Fortunately, there’s plenty of booze and desserts to completely ruin your diet. Mudhen gets cooking in late January.

Top Knot


The opening of Uchi’s upstairs concept is still largely shrouded in mystery, but we do know that Chef Angela Hernandez will lead the kitchen. Diners can expect a "playful" menu with sharable plates and notes of Uchi’s Asian-influenced cuisine from the chef, whose resume includes stints at Uchiko in Austin and Bazaar by Jose Andres in Los Angeles. Top Knot will open in "early" 2016.

Revolver Taco Lounge Deep Ellum & Purepecha

Revolver Taco Lounge
Revolver Taco Lounge Fort Worth

Revolver Taco Lounge’s original Fort Worth location is safe for now, but the most exciting development is the opening of Revolver Taco Deep Ellum and Purepecha. The concept-within-a-concept will serve up traditional Mexican tacos in true Revolver fashion alongside Michoacan-style cuisine prepared by owner Regino Rojas’ mother at Purepecha. Both concepts are expected to open in February or March.


JuiceLand in Austin

Vegetable lovers, rejoice: Austin’s best stop for smoothies and freshly-pressed juices will make its way to Dallas in 2016. Expect JuiceLand’s signature juices, green smoothies, vegan dishes, and other healthy fare, coming to Sylvan Thirty in Spring 2016.

Heim Barbecue & Catering

Heim BBQ

Heim’s Barbecue will get its very own brick-and-mortar location on Fort Worth’s trendy Magnolia Avenue. With the expansion, the much-beloved barbecue spot will expand their menu with house-baked buns, biscuits, and (eventually) breakfast kolaches. In addition to a cozy patio, the massive indoor space will seat 120. Heim BBQ will open in Spring 2016.


Nonna, Barsotti's Highland Park eatery.

Julian Barsotti is Dallas’ undisputed king of Italian cuisine, and forthcoming Roman pizza concept Sprezza will only expand his empire. As part of Dallas’ continuing Italian food explosion, Sprezza will offer pizza al taglio (a style native to Rome), "handmade and bronze die extruded pastas," and Italian wine and beer. Look forward to the opening on Maple Avenue in spring 2016.

Flora Street Cafe

Stephan Pyles
Stephan Pyles

As sad as Dallasites will be to see Stephan Pyles’ flagship restaurant on Ross Ave go, the good news is that Pyles will open Flora Street Cafe shortly thereafter. At least a few of Pyles’ signature dishes, like the tamale tart, will stick around. Expect Pyles’ classic ceviches and housemade corn tortillas in an environment that’s even swankier than Stephan Pyles. Flora Street Cafe will open in April.

Monkey King Noodle Co.

Monkey King Noodle Co.

Downtown Carrollton is decidedly one of Dallas’ most up-and-coming restaurant hotspots, and the addition of Andrew Chen’s Monkey King Noodle Co. to the growing scene is most excellent news. The Carrollton location joins a brand new home for the dumpling and noodle shack that will offer indoor seating and a spacious patio in Deep Ellum. The Deep Ellum location is expected to open in April, and Carrollton will come along later in June.

Gravy 51°

Park Place Turtle Creek
The future home of Gravy 51.

Chef John Tesar has been teasing an Italian concept for some time, but Gravy 51 will officially come to life in 2016. Tesar’s new concept will shine the spotlight on fresh pastas in a casual atmosphere. So casual, in fact, that reservations are verboten for small parties. Expect Gravy 51 to open its doors on Turtle Creek in September or October 2016.

Shake Shack

The arrival of Shake Shack and their gloriously expensive burgers comes none too soon to DFW. Danny Meyer’s Manhattan-based meat mecca will open its first Dallas location at The Crescent at some point in 2016. A Plano location will open in the buzzy new Legacy West development at a later (as yet unnamed) date.

The Royale

John Tesar’s second go at running a burger restaurant will come to Plano later this year. The Royale, no doubt a hat-tip to Pulp Fiction, will bring a variety of meat-topped poutine options along with burgers made from just about anything you can think of, including jerk chicken, lobster, and a vegan quinoa burger. Expect The Royale to open its doors by the end of 2016.

Unnamed Bruno Davaillon Restaurant

The Mansion Restaurant/Facebook

After leaving The Mansion, Chef Bruno Davaillon quickly found a home at Downtown’s 400 Record Tower, which is currently undergoing a major revitalization. The new restaurant will be a "modern brasserie" of sorts, featuring "refined, yet seemingly simply prepared foods using only the finest ingredients." Look for the concept to debut in late 2016.