By Rebecca Combs, Foodable Contributor
So what is in store for the Dallas culinary scene this 2015? Here is a peak into Dallas' upcoming restaurants.
It's probably going to be as cool as it sounds. Opening early in 2015, this beer driven restaurant will take over one of Deep Ellum's best spaces – 2714 Elm Street. The unique name actually came from a name that can be seen on a brick wall inside the space that dates back to the 1800's. It is also a salute to the meat-packing company – “Armours”.
The restaurant-bar will feature craft beers, cocktails, and seasonal plates at an affordable price point. The group working on the project includes Peter Novotny, Dan Murry, Johnny Brown, and Abram Vargas. They are not amateurs when it comes to the industry. Having worked on Dallas hot spots like Cedar Social, Libertine, and Londoner, you can be sure that Armoury will be another great Big D hang out.
Coming this spring to the Dallas Farmers Market, Mudhen is will be a restaurant that focuses highly on local ingredients that are sourced right from the farmers market. The menu will feature fresh and seasonal dishes that can be paired with a worldly craft beer, wine, and cocktail list. The name “Mudhen” is a reference to the “American Coot” bird.
The space is 5,500 square feet and will feature a patio and beer garden. The goal is offer healthier options at an affordable price. The team in charge of this soon-to-be favorite is Shannon Wyne, Keith Schlabs and Larry Richardson. They were also the brains behind other DFW favorites, such as Meddlesome Moth, LARK on the Park, Bird Cafe, and Flying Fish...just to name a few.
No, this is not John Tesars' (Knife; Spoon Bar & Kitchen) next cutlery inspired restaurant but, it is definitely coming to Dallas. What used to be a Sonic in North Dallas, will soon be turned into a burger joint. Chef Eric Justice along with Tim Byres, Christopher Jeffers, and Christopher Zielke (Smoke) have a unique approach. The burgers will all be ground in house and guests will be able to build their own fixings. The bar will be headed up by Sean Conner (Whiskey Cake) and will feature cocktails “on draft”. And, if you have ever enjoyed a Sonic beverage you know how addicting the “Sonic ice” is. So, the plan is to keep that as part of the bar as well (heck yes!). It may be a funny sounding name but, as Chef Justice told Leslie Brenner, “you'll be blown away by the quality of the food”.
John Tesar's Italian Restaurant
But, the headline-making chef will be bringing Dallas diners more to talk about. While we do not have the details of his next venture, what guests can be assured of is that it will be “authentic Italian” and focus on handmade pastas. Chef John Tesar has made quite a name for himself – his feud with Dallas Morning News Restaurant Critic, Leslie Brenner has landed him on Esquire TV and brought national attention to him and his restaurants. So, you can be sure this next venture will be nothing less than a show stopper and will probably have you reconsidering the Italian cuisine you thought you were eating. This mysterious concept is rumored to open sometime in 2015.
Originally set to open in September 2014, anxious Dallas-ites are having to wait a bit longer for the long away Ten Ramen to open its doors. Acclaimed Dallas Chef Teiichi Sakurai has wowed guests with Tei-An – an authentic Japanese Soba House in the heart of Dallas – will be featuring $10 bowls of ramen. The delay in the project is due to a fire that burned down the building back in March. The damage took longer than expected but (fingers crossed) diners will be able to enjoy the long awaited ramen shop in January 2015.