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Tri Tip Grill coming to Richardson later this month
California-style barbecue joint Tri Tip Grill will be opening a new location in Richardson at the end of May, according to Community Impact. The company, which is based in New York and opened its first Dallas outpost in 2016, was originally planning to open the Richardson location in March but was delayed due to coronavirus. The restaurant specializes in burgers, barbecue and smoked meats.
Empanadas come to West End
A new empanada shop has come to Downtown Dallas, Culturemap reports. Empanada Cookhouse, which opened in early March, had to close down a few days later due to Covid—19, but is back selling savory pastries, breakfast empanadas, sweet treats and even sampler flights off of Ross Ave. Owner Rodolfo Bianchi, who is originally from Guatemala, worked for two decades at Pollo Campero before founding Empanada Cookhouse first as a catering business and food truck.
Cafe Momentum expands program to serve food-insecure families
Cafe Momentum, the Downtown Dallas non-profit restaurant that helps at-risk youth learn job skills, has expanded their program to provide more than 76,000 free meals to families in need, according to the Dallas Morning News. The new initiative, called Momentum E.A.T.S — engage, act, transform — has provided meals to families in Richardson and Dallas ISDs, as well as non-profits like Feed Lake Highlands and For Oak Cliff.
Sushi Bayashi has closed
Trinity Groves Sushi Bayashi, founded in 2014 by Tokyo native Yuki Hirabayashi, has closed amidst the coronavirus shutdown. Buried in a Dallas Observer story about Hirabayashi’s move to the kitchen at Musume is an aside that Bayashi will not be reopening post-shutdown, and will be replaced with a new Japanese restaurant TBD. Hirabayashi, who got his start at Kenichi with owner Joshua Babb, will rejoin Babb at Musume in the Arts District.