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Beloved taqueria Trompo announces second location
Trompo, the Bishop Arts taqueria with a walk-up taco window, had announced that it will soon open a second location in East Dallas. The expansion was teased in an Instagram post earlier this month, and the Dallas Morning News was able to confirm a vague timeline for the opening at 4201 Gaston Avenue — Spring 2021. Just two years ago, Trompo moved from its original home on Singleton Boulevard to 407 West 10th Street in the Bishop Arts District. The restaurant was also featured in a recent Texas Monthly story about how window sales have helped taquerias thrive during the pandemic.
New York chain brings Korean-style soy-garlic fried chicken to McKinney
Mad for Chicken, a New York-based chain that serves up Korean-style fried chicken, is opening it’s first Texas location in McKinney, reports Culturemap. The restaurant, which was founded in 2005, is known for its extra-crispy double-fried Korean style chicken brushed with soy garlic sauce, as well as side dishes like kimchi fries, bulgogi bowls, dumplings and more. Michael Kim of One Esca, who is also opening Korean-style bar Anju, is bringing Mad for Chicken to the Metroplex. Mad for Chicken will open at 216 West Virginia Street in Downtown McKinney later this spring.
Upscale steak and fries restaurant from DC eyes Dallas expansion
Medium Rare, a steak and fries restaurant from Washington, D.C., is eyeing locations in Dallas. Owner Mark Bucher has released a list of cities he’s scouting, including Dallas, Houston and Austin, and has said he wants a location of about 3,000 square feet in an affluent neighborhood, according to the Dallas Morning News. “We’ve been seeing some great things in Dallas,” he told the paper. The restaurant is known for it’s extra-limited menu, mostly just steak and fries, served with salad and bread. Medium Rare also does brunch, which includes steak and eggs, sausage and eggs and eggs Benedict.