The Most Notable Restaurant Openings Of 2012

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What. A. Year. My most notable closings post was an interesting compilation , but looking at the restaurants that have opened this year is even more illuminating. We've gained a lot of great restaurants. (And some not so great ones, too.) Here are some of the more notable spaces.

See Also:
The Biggest Restaurant Closings of 2012

Sundown at Granada (pictured above)
The restaurant and beer garden is owned and operated by Granada Theater owner Mike Schoder, and it quickly became one of my favorite places for an outdoor drink. I love watching people walk up and down Greenville Avenue with a cold beer in my hand, and there's a great beer list here, too.

Bridge Bistro
Kay Agnew (who opened Margaux's) and her daughter, Margaux, opened this restaurant in a corner spot of an old, but renovated building in the Design District. It's a nice dining room, and everyone who walks through the front door is treated like a regular there. The food is affoardable too.

Oak
Oak owners Tommy DeAlano and Richard Ellman hired Plan B (who designed Bolsa and Cedars Social) to create their chic space. The dining room opened and quickly became one of Dallas' most popular spots this year.

Hypnotic Donuts
This donut shop opened its new storefront on Garland road after an extended tenure in a pizza restaurant. It almost killed the Observer.

Whitehall Exchange
This "bar and bites" spot opened for business in the Bishop Arts District this spring.

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The Foundry
Chef Tim Byres, Chris Jeffers and Chris Zielke, co-owners of Smoke, took over the old Jack's Backyard spot, and transformed it into The Foundry. The outdoor beer garden is one of the best bars in Dallas.

Chop House Burger
The burger joint on Main Street is not to be confused with the one with an almost identical name in Arlington. Guy Fieri paid no visit here, but Alice did.

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2 comments
grn_eyd_grl13
grn_eyd_grl13

@Dallas_Observer why didn't Zenna make the list? They opened a new spot on Rosemead. There are 3 locations open till 3am! Great food!

trinonsense
trinonsense

@Dallas_Observer do I have to eat at all of these places before 2013 to say I'm cool? because I will

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