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Omar Flores Plans Mysterious New Concept For Spork’s Old Space

It will not, however, look like a Sonic

What in the world will Omar Flores do with Spork's old digs?
What in the world will Omar Flores do with Spork's old digs?
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The closure of Spork earlier this year saddened pretty much all of North Dallas, who flocked to the restaurant for kimchi fries and fun frozen cocktails. The restaurant’s spot at Frankford and Preston has long been considered “cursed” thanks to the number of restaurants that have come and gone in recent years, but if anyone could help this former Sonic Drive-In succeed, it’s Chef Omar Flores.

SideDish reports that Flores, nominated once again this year for a James Beard Award, has taken over Spork's old space. For now, Flores is mum on his plans for the restaurant – more details are forthcoming “next week,” he says – but diners can be sure of one thing: it won’t embrace the space’s casual drive-in look.

“As of now we’re going to give the place a minor face lift,” Flores told SideDish’s Nancy Nichols. “Shrink the enormous patio and make it not look like a Sonic.” Flores didn’t, however, drop any hints about the kind of cuisine he plans to offer. Considering his trips through many of Dallas’ best kitchens, including Kent Rathbun’s Abacus and the now-shuttered Driftwood, there’s no telling where a talented guy like Flores could land.