EatZi's is Expanding to Grapevine and Plano, but It's Not Going National Again

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Nation's Restaurant News reported yesterday that eatZi's will open two new spots in the 'burbs. The first will open on May 17 in Grapevine and will occupy 10,000 square feet "of freestanding retail space in a former Luby's Cafeteria site."

The Plano store will be a newly constructed 10,000 square-foot space in a development at Parker Road and the Dallas North Tollway.

Dallas restaurateur Phil Romano opened the original eatZi's location on Oak Lawn Avenue in 1996 and a second eatZi's on Lovers Lane in 2010. Romano also created the original concepts for Fuddrucker's and Romano's Macaroni Grill.

EatZi's Market and Bakery is a European-style eatery that offers high-end prepared meals "for the taking" from its chef's case and grill. EatZi's has in an-house bakery with more than 200 kinds of breads and pastries, as well as a deli with cheese and meats from around the world. They also have wine, unique finds from small vendors around the country, sushi, fresh cut flowers, chocolate, salads, sandwiches, breakfast, lunch and dinner; and their trademark opera music on the hi-fi.

EatZi's chief executiveAdam Romo told the magazine that his company is inundated with proposed locations from real estate developers from around the country, but they've been down that road: The company expanded nationally in the '90s only to shut down those seven operations. The intent is to keep things local for now.

Location Info

Eatzi's

5600 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

EatZi's Market & Bakery

3403 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Steve
Steve

That Plano shop is going to be a MILF-tastic Assfest. 

Joe L
Joe L

I love the concept of Eatzi's.  I think they make the best baguettes in town.  I lived in Paris for years and loved the "comestibles" shops which seems to be what the Eatzi's concept is modeled on.  However, although I still buy bread at Eatzi's,  all the prepared food items I've bought have been bland although visually enticing.

I wish they would make tastier food.  I love the concept.  It's no wonder they failed in Manhattan. You really can't sell bland food in Manhattan.

Mervis
Mervis

Suck it all the rest of you. Finally, my neck of the woods is getting something worthwhile. Too bad there is massive road construction right there.

Trey
Trey

I know that expansion is so very vital to being a rich, mega badass. But time after time, these places with quality and character falter when they try to do too much.

Would still rather see smaller footprint stores and since I'm selfish maybe with locations downtown, Lakewood, east D-Do or Greenville Ave.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

That development in Plano has been on the drawing board, in various iterations at that corner, for years. 

So don't get your hopes up until dirt flies.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Always liked the EatZis in oak lawn, glad to see it expanding locally. My move to NE Tarrant Co later this year will be cushioned accordingly...;)

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

watch out, rangers100 will call you a fake dallasite for admitting moving to the burbs.

astoogebyanyothername
astoogebyanyothername

I would think that not having to live around a douche, like the one you mentioned, would be reason enough for moving to the burbs.

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