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Two of Austin’s Best Chefs Will Bring an Acclaimed Asian Smokehouse to Dallas

Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole will open Loro in East Dallas

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Loro, the much-acclaimed Asian smokehouse collaboration between pitmaster Aaron Franklin and Uchi restaurateur Tyson Cole, is headed to Dallas.

The duo will open the new outpost of Loro at 1812 North Haskell Street. This marks Franklin’s, whose Franklin Barbecue remains one of Austin’s most popular dining destination with hours-long lines, first major foray outside of Austin. He opened the first outpost of Loro with Cole, who operates Uchi and Uchiba in Dallas, in 2018 to a great deal of fanfare. “Dallas has such a diverse food scene,” Franklin said in a statement. “I’m excited to have Loro be a part of it!”

As far as the food is concerned, diners can look forward to Franklin’s smoked meats in Dallas for the first time ever via dishes like oak-smoked beef brisket with chili gastrique and Thai herbs, or baby back Duroc pork ribs served with cauliflower pickles and green onion. More straightforward Asian dishes, like char siu pork belly and chicken karaage are also on the menu.

Loro is expected to make its debut in summer 2020. Stay tuned for an update.