There’s a lot to look forward to this spring in Dallas-Fort Worth, with a spate of restaurant openings on the horizon. Here are six new dining destinations to track in the next few months, serving everything from wagyu steak frites to cacio e pepe pizza.
These anticipated openings are arranged in alphabetical order, and delays may come up, per usual, so slated opening dates could change.
Location: 1617 Hi Line Drive
Projected opening: March/April
Soho restaurant group Major Food Group is making a big splash in Dallas this spring. Following on the heels of NYC brunch destination Sadelle’s opening in Highland Park Village will be an outpost of Carbone located in the Dallas Design District. This New York City Italian restaurant boasts a Michelin star pedigree and serves up flashy versions of red sauce classics like veal parmesan, lobster fra diavolo, and spicy rigatoni and meatballs. This is a table to reserve for a glamorous meal out.
Location: 6818 Snider Plaza
Who: Pitmaster Doug Pickering
Projected opening: April
Douglas Bar and Grill wants to fill the brisket-shaped hole in Snider Plaza left when decades-old institution Peggy Sue BBQ closed in 2020. But in addition to barbecue staples, pitmaster Doug Pickering (formerly of Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ) will serve higher-end options in the evenings like wagyu steak frites and honey-glazed salmon. Pickering hopes his namesake restaurant will be homey for everyone, from families to couples out on date nights.
Location: 3219 Knox Street
Who: Candice Nelson (the founder of national cupcake brand Sprinkles), Charles Nelson (her husband), Chris O’Donnell (the NCIS actor), and Daniele Uditi (Naples-born pizzaiolo)
Projected opening: Late summer
A Los Angeles pizzeria with some Hollywood glitz behind it (see the bold-faced names involved above) is expected to open this spring in Dallas as Pizzana’s first location outside of LA. Pizzana’s cacio e pepe and neo margherita pies are served on a crust made with a 48-hour slow dough fermentation, and gluten-free options are available too. Per Eater LA, slices here earned a kudos from famed late Los Angeles Times critic Jonathan Gold.
Location: 1701 River Run
Who: Brian Sneed
Projected opening: May
Can’t make it to Quince in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico? This spring, the world-renowned rooftop restaurant is en route to Fort Worth. The tourist favorite from Texas Christian University grad Brian Sneed serves up drinks like a spicy margarita or a basil smash, along with dishes from sushi to hamburgers to gelato. While the new Texas outpost might not have the views of baroque and neo-Gothic architecture as seen in the original Quince in San Miguel de Allende, the Fort Worth version will look out over the Trinity River.
Location: 1111 N. Beckley Road
Who: Chef Michelle Carpenter
Projected opening: April
The chef and owner of Zen Sushi in Bishop Arts is readying her second restaurant, and this time Michelle Carpenter will embrace her Cajun side of the family’s cuisine with Restaurant Beatrice. Carpenter is enlisting consulting executive chef Terance Jenkins, a New Orleans native with a 20-year resume that kicked off with making gumbo at Commander’s Palace. The BIPOC and woman-led restaurant will serve classics like duck and andouille gumbo, fried chicken with pepper jelly, and a vegan spin on New Orleans chef Leah Chase’s legendary green gumbo.
Location: 3309 Elm Street
Who: Chef Tatsuya Sekiguchi
Projected opening: Early May (reservations open in late April)
Fourth-generation sushi master Tatsuya Sekiguchi traded NYC for Texas and is about to open a omakase restaurant located in the newly-restored Continental Gin building in Deep Ellum. This will be a very intimate, exclusive sushi experience: Tatsu Dallas will seat just eight diners in its main dining room. The menu will hone in on Tokyo’s edomae style, which is devoted to marinated and cured fish.
Correction: March 18, 2022 9:55 a.m. This article was corrected to show Douglas Bar & Grill’s address.
Correction: April 6, 2022 2:15 p.m. Updated the opening date for Pizzana and Restaurant Beatrice, which both encountered delays.