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55 Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants that are new, coming soon or relocating

Cajun food. Brunch. Barbecue. Places to take hungry kids. And ‘dirty’ soda.

Take it from me, it’s a full-time job to keep up with the fast-paced restaurant openings in North Texas. That’s a good thing. There was a lull in restaurant openings at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, then a spate of restaurant closures. Now we’re swimming in new restaurants.

Here’s a look at restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth that have opened since May 1, 2022 or are coming soon in June, July, August or September 2022.

Check out the three restaurants at the end that are moving from one location to another.

New restaurants and bars in Dallas-Fort Worth

Listed in chronological order from opening date

Casa Rosa is serving familiar Tex-Mex near Inwood Road and Lovers Lane in Dallas. The owners opened a restaurant by the same name 41 years ago. Casa Rosa is at 5622 Lemmon Ave., Dallas.

Restaurant Beatrice, a Cajun spot in Oak Cliff, opened in early May 2022. Chef and owner Michelle Carpenter’s mother is Japanese and father is Cajun. Carpenter already owns Japanese restaurant Zen Sushi, so her latest restaurant completes her tribute to her parents by honoring her dad. New Orleans native Terance Jenkins, who used to make gumbo at Commander’s Palace, is the executive chef. Restaurant Beatrice is at 1111 N. Beckley Ave., Dallas.

Come on inside Clifton Club, a restaurant and cocktail bar on Fitzhugh Avenue in Dallas.
Come on inside Clifton Club, a restaurant and cocktail bar on Fitzhugh Avenue in Dallas.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

Clifton Club is bound to be your bartender’s favorite bar in Dallas. Just go see. Clifton Club is at 3333 N. Fitzhugh Ave., Dallas.

District is doing wine, whiskey, shareable appetizers and dinner in Addison. It’s a San Francisco concept that made its first leap outside of California into Dallas-Fort Worth. District is at 5100 Belt Line Road, Suite 544, Dallas.

Akira Back is one of the most upscale restaurants in Grandscape, the development attached to Nebraska Furniture Mart in The Colony. Here, find sushi and other Japanese dishes, some with Korean influence. Akira Back is at 5765 Grandscape Blvd., The Colony.

Swig’s first-in-Texas shop opened in May 2022 in Fairview. Keep an eye on this brand, because it’ll grow to McKinney soon — and it’s already spread quickly from its home state of Utah. The things to get here are “dirty” sodas, which are drinks mixed similarly to a cocktail, but without the alcohol. Take the Dew Gooder: It’s Mountain Dew with pineapple juice, lime juice, raspberry puree and coconut cream. Your teen will be talking about this place soon. Pop star Olivia Rodrigo is. Swig is at 371 Southwind Lane (in Fairview Town Center), Fairview.

Utah-based company Swig is selling its "dirty sodas" in Fairview, as of mid-2022. The...
Utah-based company Swig is selling its "dirty sodas" in Fairview, as of mid-2022. The company is expected to expand in North Texas.

Federales required some patience. We called it one of the most exciting bars opening in D-FW in 2021. It finally debuted May 9, 2022. This place will be hot, hot, hot in Deep Ellum: It’s 12,000 square feet and sells tacos and tequila. Federales is at 2820 Commerce St., Dallas.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream is scooping up sweet treats in the former Paciugo in West Village. Flavors include hazelnut fudge cookie, marionberry cheesecake, and vegan churros and fudge. Grown folks, some ice creams have booze in them. Van Leeuwen Ice Cream is at 3699 McKinney Ave., Dallas.

Blood orange granita is added to oysters at Dolce Riviera in Dallas.
Blood orange granita is added to oysters at Dolce Riviera in Dallas.(Juan Figueroa / Staff Photographer)

Dolce Riviera, the Southern Italian restaurant in the Harwood District with a huge patio, is back open. It remained closed for more than two years during the coronavirus pandemic. Dolce Riviera is at 2950 N. Harwood St., Dallas.

Tre Mogli Cucina Italiana in Fort Worth opened May 10, 2022. Dinner items include mussels with butter, lemon and white wine sauce; plenty of pastas; and chicken parm, pork chop Milanese and veal scallopini. Tre Mogli is at 401 S. Main St., Fort Worth.

Bruncheon Breakfast & Lunch, located in an area of the CityLine development in Richardson, opened on May 16, 2022. Customers say they’re liking the biscuits, eggs Benedict, and chipotle shrimp and grits. Bruncheon is at 1551 E. Renner Road, Richardson.

Gillespie’s Tavern at the Shire — that’s a good name, no? — is now serving pub food in Richardson. Come here for beer cheese soup, Guinness stew pie, bangers and mash, and chicken curry. Oh yes: and beer. CultureMap says that owners Romer Perez Gillespie and Heather Ward asked Marius Donnelly, owner of the now-closed Trinity Hall Pub in Dallas, to consult on the menu and food. Smart. Gillespie’s Tavern at the Shire is at 3600 Shire Blvd., Richardson.

Paris Coffee Shop is Fort Worth’s oldest new restaurant. It reopened on May 19, 2022 after eight months of renovations — necessary, since this diner has been in business for just under 100 years. Paris Coffee Shop is at 704 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth.

Cafe Duro sells wine, pastas, sauces and Italian snacks on Dallas' Greenville Avenue....
Cafe Duro sells wine, pastas, sauces and Italian snacks on Dallas' Greenville Avenue. Customers can also stop in for a coffee and sip it on the covered patio next door, Sister.

Mi Cocina opened at a new address in Uptown Dallas, after being in West Village a few blocks away for more than 20 years. It’s still a Mexican restaurant, but folks are buzzing about the burger, available at the second-floor bar. Mi Cocina in Uptown is at 3232 McKinney Ave., Dallas.

Cafe Duro, an Italian market, is selling pasta and espresso on Dallas’ Greenville Avenue. It’s a great option for anyone who likes the parent company’s restaurants, Sister and the Charles, but wants to try to whip up some Italian favorites at home. Cafe Duro is at 2804 Greenville Ave., Dallas.

Fred’s Texas Cafe in Fort Worth has reemerged! Well, in a way: The original closed after 43 years at the end of 2021 and the owners have opened a new location about 7 miles away in Cowtown. It still has that shabby country charm and the same menu: queso, burgers and chicken-fried steak. Fred’s Texas Cafe is at 7101 Camp Bowie West, Fort Worth.

The Beehive, a stylish restaurant in downtown Dallas, opened May 22, 2022, serving an eclectic menu of lobster bites, tuna tartare, charcuterie boards, scallops with wasabi butter, and a rib-eye with chimichurri. Its operators own downtown Dallas restaurant Sky Blossom in the same building, CultureMap notes. Here’s a look inside. The Beehive is at 1514 Elm St., Dallas.

Taqueria La Ventana opened another D-FW location, this one in Mansfield, on May 23, 2022. It’s on the same property as Del Toro BBQ, the Mexican-barbecue inflected restaurant with a big backyard. La Ventana is at 109 S. Main St., Mansfield.

8 Cloves is now selling Indian food to-go out of a juice bar on Greenville Avenue in Dallas. The restaurant originated in the Dallas Farmers Market, but owner and chef Afifa Nayeb says there was a need for more Indian food in areas north of downtown Dallas, like East Dallas, Park Cities and Preston Hollow. 8 Cloves’ ghost kitchen is inside JuiceBabe, 3607A Greenville Ave., Dallas.

Goodbye Horses, a sports bar on SMU Boulevard in East Dallas, started slinging beers quietly in late May 2022. Its owner Julian Barsotti is known for his Italian restaurants Nonna, Fachini and Carbone’s (not to be confused with Carbone), though he’s rocking it with his new Tex-Mex place Odelay. Goodbye Horses is the most casual of them all — a place to knock a few back, eat a burger or tacos, and watch sports. Read more about this new spot. Goodbye Horses is at 5629 SMU Blvd., Dallas.

Darna in Plano is a Mediterranean and lunch and dinner spot. Here's the 13-ounce boneless...
Darna in Plano is a Mediterranean and lunch and dinner spot. Here's the 13-ounce boneless rib-eye served with maître d' hotel butter, Moroccan chimichurri and pomegranate seeds. It comes with sumac steak fries and harissa ketchup. (Maribel Morales)

Darna Mediterranean Market is open in Plano’s Legacy West development. A spokesman says it’s “like a Mediterranean version of Eataly” — intriguing. The name means “our house” in Arabic, and the idea is to immerse customers in Mediterranean culture by selling spices, cheeses, meats and olive oils while also selling lunch and dinner plates. Darna Mediterranean Market is at 7700 Windrose Ave., Plano.

Douglas is serving a great menu of barbecue at lunch, smoked meats and fish at dinner, in Snider Plaza in University Park. I especially loved the pimento cheese — available on a burger at lunchtime or as an appetizer at dinner with fried saltines. Douglas is at 6818 Snider Plaza, Dallas.

Tatsu is going to be Dallas’ best kept secret. This tiny omakase restaurant named after its chef, Tatsuya Sekiguchi, serves just 10 people at a time. Expect 18 courses of carefully-prepared raw fish, all served in under two hours. Tatsu is at 3309 Elm St., Dallas, on the first floor of the Continental Gin Building.

The Dolly Llama is the spot to take your listless kids this summer. This Uptown Dallas shop (originally from Los Angeles) sells bubble waffles stuffed with scoops of ice cream. The Dolly Llama will open at 2817 Howell St., Dallas.

The Barrel opened June 3, 2022, bringing an upscale date-night spot to the tiny town of Bartonville in Denton County. “There’s just something special about Bartonville,” says the owner. The menu includes bone marrow queso, mussels with togarashi, and rabbit fried rice. It’s unexpected and interesting. The Barrel is at 2648 FM 407 East, Bartonville.

The Toasted Yolk's menu includes riffs on eggs benedict like the West Coast Arnold: two...
The Toasted Yolk's menu includes riffs on eggs benedict like the West Coast Arnold: two English muffin halves topped with sausage, onion, jalapeño, poached eggs and queso. The restaurant has expanded to Highland Village and Southlake in 2022. (Orhun Uygur)

The Toasted Yolk debuted in Southlake in early June 2022. It’s the second in D-FW, after the Highland Village location that opened in April 2022. Toasted Yolk is generally a breakfast and brunch place, but don’t let the name fool you: The slogan is “It’s never too early to get toasted!” (Cocktails, anyone?) The website says restaurants are coming soon in Addison, Frisco, Prosper, McKinney, Plano and North Dallas. Toasted Yolk’s Southlake restaurant is at 2820 E. Southlake Blvd.

The Reserve is a Mexican restaurant in Las Colinas intended to be a sit-down version of Taqueria Taxco, which has expanded to nearly 20 gas stations in D-FW. It serves Taxco favorites, plus tortas, enchiladas, flautas and the like, reports our Sarah Bahari. The Reserve is at 5910 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving.

Hugo’s Invitados, a Tex-Mex place known for its organic food, has opened in Uptown Dallas, where the longtime Mi Cocina was in West Village. This restaurant group recently opened Honest Taco across the street, where Taco Diner was. Healthier options include baked, not fried, tortilla chips, CultureMap reports. Hugo’s Invitados is at 3699 McKinney Ave., Suite 200, Dallas.

Hurtado Barbecue, which originated in Arlington, has opened a second restaurant in North Texas, Anna Caplan reports. Check out the Little Elm location and you’ll find all the “Mexicue” favorites: smoked brisket, house-made sausage, hatch chile mac and cheese, spicy charro beans, smoked elotes and more. Hurtado Barbecue is at 100 Hardwicke Lane, Little Elm.

One of the newest restaurants on this list is Ford's Garage's first Texas restaurant. It...
One of the newest restaurants on this list is Ford's Garage's first Texas restaurant. It opened June 13, 2022 in West Plano.

Ford’s Garage, a burger joint with a car suspended above the bar, opened June 13, 2022 in West Plano, in place of Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe. The restaurant was founded near one of Henry Ford’s homes in Florida, and company execs have grown this 1920s themed eatery to more than a dozen stores in Florida. The Plano restaurant is Texas’ first. According to a press release, popular items include burgers, meatloaf, onion rings and mac and cheese. Ford’s Garage is at 3904 Dallas Parkway (near W. Parker Road), Plano.

Lee Harvey’s Dive In, the pool next-door to one of Dallas’ best dive bars, opened June 18, 2022. It has chairs, umbrellas and cocktails. BYO towel. Lee Harvey’s Dive In will be at 1315 Beaumont St., Dallas.

Coming soon restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth

Three burger joints are on this coming-soon list: two new Rodeo Goats in Frisco and East...
Three burger joints are on this coming-soon list: two new Rodeo Goats in Frisco and East Dallas; and Jon's Grille in Fort Worth.(Alexandra Olivia / Special Contributor)

Bagelology is expected to open soon at the same Frisco intersection as another well-liked breakfast spot, Detour Doughnuts. Bagelology’s mom-preneur owners “saw a hole in the market,” Caplan reported, and made plans to sell one of Dallas-Fort Worth’s most underserved breakfast foods in the suburbs. Bagelology is at 252 W. Stonebrook Parkway, Frisco.

Velvet Taco is expanding rapidly, not only in Dallas-Fort Worth, but in cities like Chicago, Atlanta and Nashville. The next restaurant debuts June 27, 2022 at Grandscape, in The Colony. But check our list, because six more are opening in nearly every corner of North Texas. Grapevine, Deep Ellum and Rockwall are coming later this year.

Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill is scheduled to open its first restaurant in North Texas, in Frisco, on July 12, 2022. Customers build their own pitas or bowls with bases like couscous, hummus, basmati rice or lettuce. Toppings include chicken shawarma, steak or falafel; cabbage, onions, pickles, and chopped cucumbers and tomatoes; and sauces like tahini, garlic, s’khug and harissa. Naf Naf will be at 1525 U.S. 380, Frisco.

An unnamed restaurant is opening in July 2022 in Trinity Groves under its new CEO, the 29-year-old chef Julian Rodarte. The restaurant will be bigger than its predecessors, taking the place of AvoEatery and Souk at the end of the main restaurant park. More to come on this one.

Two Rodeo Goat burger joints, one in Frisco and another in East Dallas’ Casa Linda, are expected to open in July 2022. How do you build the perfect burger, anyway? Click the link below for tips from Rodeo Goat’s director of operations, Landon Amis. Rodeo Goats will be at 3111 Preston Road (near Gaylord Parkway), Frisco, and 1200 N. Buckner Blvd. (in Casa Linda), Dallas.

Two Mendocino Farms restaurants open in July 2022. We called the company one of the most exciting new restaurants to make its debut in D-FW in 2020. (And we’ve obsessed over the spicy curried couscous.) The Dallas West Village sandwich and salad shop debuted July 12, 2022, and the one in Plano will open Aug. 2, 2022. Restaurants are at 3700 McKinney Ave., Dallas and 7700 Windrose Ave., Plano. Mendo already has restaurants in D-FW in Addison and downtown Dallas.

LSA Burger has been under construction in The Colony for months. It's a freestanding...
LSA Burger has been under construction in The Colony for months. It's a freestanding building close to S.H. 121., near Nebraska Furniture Mart.(Lola Gomez / Staff Photographer)

At Grandscape in The Colony, Curry Up Now and LSA Burger Co. are both expected to open this summer. Curry Up Now is a fast-casual Indian food franchise opening July 16, 2022. LSA is a homegrown concept from Denton with lots of cool art, coming in August 2022. Curry Up Now will be at 5752 Grandscape Blvd., Suite 310, The Colony; LSA Burger Co. will be at 4545 Destination Drive, The Colony.

Brentwood, the restaurant taking the place of a longtime Houston’s near Belt Line Road and Montfort Drive, is scheduled for a July 2022 debut. Read more about Brentwood here. Brentwood will be at 5318 Belt Line Road, Dallas.

Loop 9 BBQ, the latest barbecue joint from Chili’s founder Larry Lavine, is expected to open in Grand Prairie in summer 2022, Bahari reports. It’s part of the epic development known as Epic Central. Loop 9 BBQ will be at 2951 S. S.H. 161, Grand Prairie.

Quince, called the world’s best rooftop bar in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is shooting for an end-of-summer 2022 debut in Fort Worth. As you can imagine, there’s going to be a big patio at the Quince in Texas. Quince will be at 1701 River Run, Fort Worth.

Skee-Ball pairs pretty well with cider, as we've learned at the original Cidercade in Dallas.
Skee-Ball pairs pretty well with cider, as we've learned at the original Cidercade in Dallas.(Rose Baca / Staff Photographer)

Cidercade, the arcade bar from Bishop Cider, is expected to open a new location south of downtown Fort Worth by the end of the summer in 2022, Bahari reports. It’s going to be very big. Expect a lot of movement from this Dallas-born company; it acquired Wild Acre Brewing and is moving some of its operation to Fort Worth. The original Cidercade in Dallas will eventually relocate to 1555 Regal Row and get 10 times larger. Yeah, 10! Cidercade in Fort Worth will be at 1813 W. Bowie St., Fort Worth.

Jon’s Grille, the burger joint from Fort Worth chef Jon Bonnell and a place we called one of the most exciting restaurants to open all year in D-FW, is aiming for a July 2022 opening. Bonnell and his brother are raising the cattle on their family’s ranch near Granbury, and Bonnell says early taste tests of the burgers have been “exceptional.” Jon’s Grille will be at 2905 W. Berry St., Fort Worth.

Pax & Beneficia, a coffee shop, is expected to open in Plano by Aug. 1, 2022 at a development called Heritage Creekside. Neighboring business Taco Joint is also coming soon, in August 2022. Both eateries go into a newish development that also houses Flying Fish, a fried seafood spot; and Rodeo Goat, a burger joint. Both businesses will be at the northwest corner of Alma Drive and W. Plano Parkway in Plano.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub, which will replace pizza joint Matchbox in Preston Hollow Village, is slated to open Aug. 2, 2022. The company has had a vibrant few years in North Texas, with bars now open in Euless, Irving and The Colony. The new Thirsty Lion Gastropub will be at 7859 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas.

Dallas’ second D.L. Mack’s is expected to open near Preston Road and Royal Lane, in place of the former Neighborhood Services, in August 2022. The first D.L. Mack’s is on Hillcrest Road, near Southern Methodist University in University Park. It’s been described as an “uncle” to Hudson House, the popular American restaurant that’s growing across Dallas and beyond. D.L. Mack’s will be at 10720 Preston Road, Dallas.

Pizzana's classic pie is the margherita, made with tomatoes and cheese from Italy. The first...
Pizzana's classic pie is the margherita, made with tomatoes and cheese from Italy. The first Pizzana outside of California is expected to open in Dallas in 2022.

Tricky Fish is expected to open at The Star in Frisco in September 2022. It takes the place of Tri Tip Grill, which closed in fall 2021. This seafood restaurant sells gumbo, po’boys, fish and chips, shrimp and grits, and the like. The company is expanding across D-FW: It has restaurants in Fort Worth, Richardson, Dallas (at Walnut Hill and Central Expressway) and, soon, in Frisco. Tricky Fish will be at 6775 Cowboys Way, Suite 1305, Frisco.

Pizzana is aiming for a September 2022 opening on Dallas’ Knox Street. This restaurant, co-founded by the woman who started Sprinkles cupcakes, will bring some celebrity flair to the buzzy block. Pizzana will be at 3219 Knox St., Dallas.

Relocating restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth

Cafe Gecko was open in Addison for 30 years, and founder and CEO Dennis Dial promised a reemergence after it closed in late 2021. He kept his word and is back open in downtown Plano. (This one opened a few months earlier than May 2022, but it’s worth making an exception on this lsit, since so many people have memories of the Addison bar.) The new Cafe Gecko is at 1410 Avenue K, Plano.

Enrique Tomás, the restaurant from Spain that brought beautiful jamón ibérico to Dallas, has closed on Henderson Avenue and will relocate to Victory Park. Check out this story for details on when Enrique Tomás will open and why the reemergence is significant.

Half Shells Oyster Bar & Grill in Plano has moved to a new storefront. It’s still at the Shops at Legacy, now in place of the former Taco Diner on Bishop Road. The relocated restaurant reopened June 8, 2022. “The first thing that customers will see as they walk in is a prominent oyster bar,” says CEO and co-founder Bill Bayne. Find the new Half Shells at 7201 Bishop Road, Suite E4, Plano.

Story published June 16, 2022 and updated June 23, 2022.

For more food news, follow Sarah Blaskovich on Twitter at @sblaskovich.

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