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Longtime Japanese BBQ restaurant lands on Greenville Avenue
Manpuku, a popular Japanese barbecue chain first founded in Tokyo 60 years ago, will open a location in Dallas, CultureMap reports. The restaurant is expected to open later this year in the location formerly occupied by Yucatan Taco Stand on Greenville Avenue. Manpuku focuses on yakiniku, grilled-at-the-table pork, beef, seafood, and veggies, including cuts of beef like tri-tip, rib eye and tongue. The Greenville Avenue location will be the restaurant’s first US outpost beyond California.
New York-based ghost kitchen launches second DFW project
Kitchen to Kitchen, a digital restaurant group based in New York, has launched the second of five ghost restaurant projects in Garland. Sweetbasil Thai Kitchen joins Meatball Kitchen, which opened in March, as a delivery-only restaurant operated out of a Garland commercial kitchen. The company chose the Garland as a base from which to launch their national operations, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Local sommelier launches newsletter for wine lovers
A sommelier and co-owner of the now-shuttered restaurant The Grape in East Dallas has launched a new project to help guide and inform wine lovers from the comfort of their own homes. Courtney Luscher, who owned The Grape with her husband before it closed last October, has founded a new project called The Lusch List, a blog and newsletter designed to curate wine lists for local drinkers, along with recommendations of where to purchase bottles locally, according to the Dallas Observer. Luscher told the Observer she missed the joy of personally recommending wine to diners at The Grape, so she launched the website as a way to continue that work. In addition to a regular newsletter, The Lusch List also offers one-on-one personalized wine recommendations, and experiences like tastings and educational programs over Zoom.