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A New Delivery-Only Hot Chicken Spot Debuts In Plano

Plus, dollar beers for Gamestop employees and more DFW dining intel

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Towering sandwiches from Sarah’s Hot Chicken
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Grapevine brewery offering $1 beers for employees of GameStop

Grapevine’s Hop & Sting Brewery has announced that it’s offering a special discount to employees of GameStop, the local company at the center of a wild stock-trading scheme that took the internet by storm last week. The brewery is offering $1 pints of beer to anyone who can prove that they work for the company, a video game retailer that experienced a heyday in the early 2000s.

Recently, GameStop has been at the center of a scheme in which amatuer buyers have purchased massive amounts of the company’s stock in an effort to thwart the hedge funds dependent on the business’s decline. In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Hop & Sting co-founder Jon Powell said the brewery wanted to recognize the employees caught in the middle of a Wall Street gamble. “What’s been lost in all this is the actual company, GameStop, is trying to turn around their business model completely,” he told the paper. “We thought it might be a good idea to invite some of those workers over and get some stress relief.”

A new vegan restaurant with a Moby connection is headed to Dallas

Belse Plante Cuisine, a new vegan restaurant from a Las Angeles-based company, is opening this week at 1910 Pacific Avenue, according to CultureMap. The restaurant comes from the owners of Little Pine, a popular plant-based LA eatery founded in 2015 by DJ and noted vegan Moby. The musician left Little Pine in 2020, but the restaurant, which has a charity arm dedicated to animal rights orgs, continues to draw accolades for its all-plant menu. At Belse, dishes include a non-dairy queso with chips and guacamole, a “mocki” roll made with fresh watermelon instead of fish, a flatbread with roasted fennel and romesco sauce, and a hamburger made with Impossible meat. The restaurant is expected to open on Friday, February 5.

Delivery-only hot chicken restaurant debuts in Plano today

Sarah’s Hot Chicken, a new delivery-only restaurant serving up Nashville-style spicy chicken, has opened its virtual doors on February 1. The restaurant, from the minds behind Fish City Grill, is jumping on to one of the Metroplex’s hottest food trends — the extra-crispy, cayenne-heavy fried chicken made famous by restaurants in Nashville. Sarah’s made-from-scratch chicken is brined for 24 hours and served in one of four heat levels — naked, sissy, hot and spicy, or damn hot. Sarah’s also offers a unique array of dipping sauces, including sriracha Thai chile and jalapeño cilantro. Orders can be places through the restaurant’s website or Doordash.

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