Welcome to AM Intel in the time of coronavirus, a round-up of the city’s newest bits of restaurant-related intel. Follow Eater on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date details on how COVID-19 is impacting the city’s dining scene.
Detroit-style pizza pop-up Thunderbird Pies heads to Fort Worth
Thunderbird Pies, the Detroit-style pizza pop-up from the founder of Cane Rosso & Zoli’s Pizza, is adding a second location to its roster of restaurants. The first Thunderbird launched in August, operating out of a Zoli’s location in Addison, serving up crispy, rectangular pizzas with cheese running edge-to-edge. At the time, Cane Rosso founder Jay Jerrier said the restaurant would be takeout and delivery only, but it looks like that’s changed.
An Instagram post announcing the second location, operating out of Zoli’s at 3501 Hulen Street in Fort Worth, says that location, at least, will offer dine-in service, as well as curbside pickup and delivery through UberEats. The Fort Worth location opens at noon today, December 8.
Phil Romano to add beer garden to Trinity Groves experiment
An open-air beer garden is headed to Trinity Groves next spring as part of an ongoing transformation of the project restaurateur Phil Romano founded more than six years ago, Dallas Morning News reports. The beer garden will be installed in what is now a parking lot along Singleton Boulevard and will include the planting of several trees, as well as picnic tables and umbrellas.
Trinity Groves was first conceived as a restaurant incubator program, but Romano, who is known for founding restaurants like Eatzi’s, Fuddruckers, and Romano’s Macaroni Grill, scrapped that plan earlier this year in favor of opening his own restaurants in the development. The beer garden will be joined by an upcoming burger joint inspired by chef Nick Badovinus’s now-shuttered Off-Site Kitchen.
Chef Peja Krstic plans to open a Japanese restaurant
Chef Peja Krstic, owner of popular Vietnamese restaurant Mot Hai Ba, has a Japanese restaurant in the works. Called Ichi Ni San (“one, two, three” in Japanese), the restaurant already has a very simple website and nascent social media presence, which indicates that the menu will be a “contemporary, non-traditional take on Japanese food inspired by season.” The restaurant is slated to open in Spring 2021, and will likely be in the AT&T Discovery District, according to the Dallas Observer.
Krstic faced criticism earlier this year after allegations of verbally abusive behavior, racist comments, and cultural appropriation surfaced on social media, particularly directed at members of Dallas’s Vietnamese food community.
Elevated drive-thru daiquiri shop coming to Knox District
A new Louisiana-style drive-through daiquiri joint, serving up whimsically-garnished frozen cocktails alongside cookies, cupcakes and non-alcoholic drinks, will open soon at 3001 Knox Street, CultureMap reports.
Alky Therapy, founded by a Shreveport native and Army Reservist who frequently attends trainings in Dallas, features super Instagram-worthy drinks in layered flavors like blue raspberry, green apple, and lemonade, all topped with an impressive stack of gummy sharks, fruit slices, candy cupcakes and tiny airplane bottles of booze. The drink shop is expected to open by January 2021.