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A Massive Bob’s Steak & Chop House Will Open in a New McKinney Development

Plus, chef Michelle Carpenter’s new Cajun restaurant will be here soon

Bob’s Steak & Chop House

An upcoming $250 million mixed-use development in McKinney just announced two local restaurants will be moving in as anchors. Bob’s Steak & Chop House and Mi Cocina will each have a standalone location in District 121, located at the northeast corner of State Highway 121 and Alma Road.

The classic steakhouse will take over 7,600 square feet of the development and include a cigar bar, while Mi Cocina will fill 6,600 square feet. Two additional restaurants will move in as well: gastropub Common Table and Italian restaurant 400 Gradi. The first restaurants are slated to open in the spring of 2023.

Six people wearing black standing in front of a scenic mural painted onto a brick wall. Kate Voskova

Zen Sushi owner’s next restaurant will be Cajun

Michelle Carpenter, the chef/owner of long-running Bishop Arts spot Zen Sushi, is branching out: Carpenter will open her second restaurant in March in North Oak Cliff. Look for Restaurant Beatrice at in a Craftsman home at 1111 N. Beckley Road, with a menu that taps into the Cajun side of her family’s culinary traditions.

To open Restaurant Beatrice, Carpenter enlisted New Orleans native Terance Jenkins as consulting executive chef, who started his career nearly two decades ago making gumbo at Commander’s Palace. The menu at Carpenter’s new restaurant will include fried chicken with pepper jelly and duck and andouille gumbo (try vegan gumbo too), with seafood boils on the patio. The BIPOC and woman-led restaurant will source ingredients from local farmers and prioritize sustainability, including minimizing food waste.

Tim Love is opening a music hall

Chef Tim Love is getting into the music industry, of sorts. PaperCity reports that Love will open a music hall/restaurant/event space called Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall in Mule Alley. The 26,000-square-foot venue will hold 1,000 people in the Fort Worth Stockyards and is expected to open sometime in 2022.