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A Hawker-Style Asian Street Food Market Lands in Deep Ellum

Plus, LOOK Cinemas will reopen in Addison and more DFW dining intel

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Hakwers brings Asian-style street food to Deep Ellum
Hakwers Asian Street Food/Facebook

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Asian street food restaurant headed for Deep Ellum

A new restaurant inspired by street food in countries like China, Thailand and Malaysia is set to open this fall in Deep Ellum.

Hawkers Asian Street Food, which was founded in Orlando, Florida, is the work of four friends who were inspired by regular trips to Asia over the years, according to the Dallas Morning News. Two of those friends have roots in Hong Kong and Malaysia, and their families recipes help make up some of the menu.

When it opens in November, diners can expect dishes like roti canai, curry laksa, Korean-style wings, and udon. The Deep Ellum location, at 2800 Main Street, will be the first in Texas and the eleventh overall.

New pizzeria with Mafia roots opens near Uptown

A new pizza joint serving up Sicilian-style square pies has recently opened in Dallas. Slices, at 2025 Cedar Springs Road, was founded by Michael Franzese, a former member of the Colombo crime family, who left his old life behind to become a motivational speaker. Franzese, who also has millions of Youtube followers, according to CultureMap, founded the restaurant in 2019 in San Francisco with another former Colombo member, Tony Riviera, and now have five locations in California, plus one coming to Seattle. The dough at Slices is fermented for at least 72 hours, and ingredients like flour, tomatoes, olive oil, and even the ovens, are sourced from Italy.

The Dallas location is owned and operated by franchisees and serves pizza for delivery only, including pies topped with smoked brisket, pesto chicken, and pineapple and Canadian bacon.

LOOK Cinemas to reopen Addison theater

LOOK Cinemas, the upscale movie theater and eatery that closed in the midst of the pandemic last year, is reopening in Addison.

The theater apparently closed for good in July, according to the Dallas Morning News, after being forced to close temporarily in March 2020 by state orders meant to slow the spread of COVID-19. But new filings with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission indicate that the theater, at 5409 Belt Line Road, is set to open again, including Ivy Kitchen, the theater’s restaurant that served charcuterie boards, tuna bowls, pizzas, and cocktails.

The theater’s website shows that its first screening will be the film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical In The Heights, starting on June 11. The website also shows a second Dallas location, near Northwest Highway, and several California locations, coming soon.