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Blue Sushi Sake Grill to bring cult-status ramen to DFW
A new partnership between Flagship Restaurant Group, owners of Blue Sushi Sake Grill, and internationally-known New York noodle restaurant Ivan Ramen, will bring dishes from the ramen house to diners in Dallas and Fort Worth. Through the program, which has already launched in Flagship’s home state of Nebraska, Blue Sushi Sake Grills will prepare chef Ivan Orkin’s drool-worthy dishes, including ramen, steamed pork buns, spicy pickles and more, for delivery and takeaway. According to CultureMap, the program will launch on February 18 at Blue Sushi Sake Grill in Fort Worth, and later in March at the Dallas location. Diners can order by visiting IvanRamen.com.
Brand new food truck park headed to East Dallas this spring
A new food truck park offering outdoor, socially-distant dining is slated to open in East Dallas in March. Chuckwagon Park will open at 1716 North Hall Street next month, and will give food vendors normally stationed at Klyde Warren Park a new audience now that Downtown office traffic has slowed due to the coronavirus. Chuckwagon will open with three initial trucks, though which ones haven’t been finalized yet, according to the Advocate. The spot, organized by Patrick Conlin, who also restores historic properties, will feature a giant mural, quirky up-cycled furniture and 20,000 square feet of space to spread out.
La Madeleine restaurant returns to Addison, now with a drive-thru
La Madeleine, the French bakery that closed in Addison in 2019, is set to reopen, now with a drive-through that will serve as a prototype for other potential locations. The restaurant, called La Madeleine Petite Market and Bakery, will open at 15125 Montfort Drive in Far North Dallas on February 8. It’ll serve up some of the classic La Madeleine is known for, including tomato basil soup and salads, as well as new items, like a Nutella croissant muffin and a lavender latte, according to the Dallas Morning News. The expanded menu will be available for dine-in, carry out, curbside and drive through. The move comes as a way to meet customer preferences for more socially-distant dining during the pandemic.