It was a brutal summer as far as weather goes in Dallas, but July and August also brought the openings of several white hot restaurants to the Metroplex. What does fall hold in store? More of the same. Here’s a look at the restaurants that are on our radar through the rest of 2023.
5228 N O’Connor Blvd., Suite 126 in Irving
Indian cuisine paired with fine dining is coming to Las Colinas, thanks to Sanjay Joshi and Prob Arora, the latter of whom was co-owner and general manager of the Saffron House in Addison. Sanjh, which means evening in Hindi, is using the word as a jumping-off point for the dining experience it provides, which spans the different cultures and foods of various regions of India. “Our goal is for our guests to experience the cuisine that fed emperors and kings alike, and with the help of our hospitality to join them in feeding the everyday royalty,” Arora said in a press release.
Opening is projected for late 2023.
6221 E Mockingbird Lane
Jon Alexis and Imperial Fizz Hospitality, the folks behind TJ’s Seafood, Malibu Poke, and Ramble Room, are opening a “neighborhood gathering place” in East Dallas — in the long-shuttered former Luby’s location. It will be a family-friendly spot with a casual dining room, a massive patio of 7K square feet with an adults-only resort-style bar and a turfed playground area for kids. The food will be classic American bar and grill food with kid-friendly options. Not many details on the menu were available, but expect burgers, pastas, wings, salads, sandwiches, and more. This spot is very anticipated because these large-scale spots don’t exist much in this part of town — it’s a much-needed addition.
Opening is projected for early winter 2023.
Tiffany Derry and T2D Concepts are expanding into Italian food, and this spot will be just down the street from Roots Southern Table. Derry started her career in Italian food, and this spot will offer house-made pasta and meals created on a wood-burning grill.
It is expected to open late in 2023.
4640 McKinney Ave., Unit 130
The popularity of our sushi map has made us acutely aware that Dallasites loves sushi and have highly discerning taste in it. The pedigree of chef Shine Tamaoki, who’ll be opening this spot, should pique interest. Tamaoki was hired as the youngest sushi chef at Nobu Dallas. He was born in Yamanashi, Japan, next to Mount Fuji and will influence some flavor profiles on the menu — it is known for producing the best plums and grapes in the country. Tamaoki promises to serve sushi in the Japanese style, with only one Americanized roll, the Philadelphia roll, in honor of his business partner, who is from that city.
Last known target date was late summer so, look for it to open before September ends.
500 Main Street, Garland
It’s been some time since pizza struck us with shivers of anticipation, but when we heard the folks behind Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House are bringing New Haven-style pizza to Garland, we were all in. Eater previously examined this Connecticut pie as the best pizza in America. It’s a take on Neapolitan-style pizza with a thinner, more crisp crust that’s coal-fired, and it’s called “apizza.”
Look for it to open late in 2023.
2032 Main Street
One of our favorite stories this year is about the customer who saved this Downtown cafe. Noemi Chiriac offered to buy the place after it closed in 2021. The spot has long been known for its affordable breakfast and lunches, and its new owner will continue those services and add on happy hour specials to attract the after-work crowd.
It’s expected to re-open in fall 2023.
2303 Pittman Street
The re-opening of this cult brunch favorite is hotly anticipated, but Henry’s will look quite different. Its new location on the up-and-coming area south of the Trinity River on the West side means it’s now a destination stop for the Knox/Henderson and Uptown crowd who frequented it. It will also feature a 300-person patio, late-night food trucks, and longer hours. But the good news for colder weather: it will also feature outdoor fire pits. Plus, the same philosophy on food and a familiar menu.
Look for it to open in October 2023.
4223 Bryan Street
This beloved wine and piano bar closed the doors to its original location after 46 years. It dropped an Instagram that looks like it will re-open in October in its new location in Old East Dallas. That’s pretty fast, considering its new digs are a former antique shop that required extensive renovation. But many in East Dallas are eager for this French bistro to make its return.
Watch for an October 2023 opening but don’t be surprised if it’s a little later in the year.