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Quirky San Antonio Eatery Hot Joy Will Pop-Up In Dallas

The pop-up will take over a space on Lemmon Ave for two years

Hot Joy in San Antonio
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Dallas has its own excellent Vietnamese eateries, but a new one-of-a-kind spot from San Antonio will soon shake up the city’s scene.

Announced via release, Hot Joy will open a pop-up restaurant in Dallas at 3130 Lemmon Avenue later this year. The restaurant is designed to be a semi-permanent pop-up, meaning that Hot Joy will stay in the Lemmon Ave space for two years before moving on to a permanent location.

Hot Joy owner Chad Carey describes his restaurant as a “a wild mash-up of China, Texas, Vietnam, Japan, Louisiana, Thailand, Mexico, Malaysia and anything else that lights up our brain.” The menu features dishes like Spam fried rice, chicken wings tossed in crab fat caramel, and a selection of new plates that will be exclusive to the Dallas outpost.

For the Dallas location, Carey will partner with Front Burner Restaurants, the minds behind spots like Velvet Taco, Ida Claire, and Plano’s Mexican Sugar. Hot Joy is expected to land in Dallas in Summer 2017, likely around late July. Stay tuned for more details on when you can get your hands on those crab fat caramel hot wings.