In Most Addison Move Ever, TGI Friday's to Open Across the Street from TGI Friday's

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The two sides of TGI Friday's. Stripy, and squares and triangles and stuff. New concept? Perhaps.
Look, when it comes to a much-mocked place like Addison, you don't always want to deal in stereotypes. But sometimes these jokes write themselves.

In what is presumably an attempt to catch people who accidentally drove past the first Addison TGI Friday's, a second one is opening a block away. Crucially, this one will be on the north side of Belt Line, rather than south. Here are some photos we stumbled on of the supposed renovation work of the former Champps location.

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Potato Flats, a Restaurant Devoted Entirely to the Baked Potato, Opens Today in Dallas

Via Jerry Pank
Butter is only the beginning.
The next addition to Trinity Groves opens today, and I'm going to log it as the least likely restaurant in the group to serve as a pre-prom dinner locale. Potato Flats offerspotatoes baked until they're soft and fluffy, topped with your choice of just about everything that's been put on a potato until this point in history.

There are chef-driven potato recipes, like the Thanksgiving Everyday, which tops your spud with sliced turkey, gravy, roasted carrots, peas, corn and cranberry relish. Or maybe you'd be more interested in the Italiano, which makes use of Italian sausage, Alfredo sauce, roasted carrots, peas, diced tomato, bacon and snipped chives.

Sound heavy? It is.

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A First Look at Bocce, a BYOB Italian Spot That Opens This Weekend in Oak Cliff

Nanna's Sunday gravy is loaded with tomatoes and braised meats.
A new, small Italian restaurant opened in Oak Cliff recently, but a grand opening is set for this weekend. Owners Donna and Robert Rice describe their menu as southern Italian and the restaurant is BYOB.

Don't take the name too literally; there are no Bocce courts to be had. The moniker is meant to evoke a favorite family past time of the Rice's, while the menu is inspired by their love of eating.

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Hopdoddy Is Open in Uptown, and There's Something about That Thunderbird Sandwich

Better than any grilled chicken sandwich you've ever eaten.
Last week the newest location of Hopdoddy opened on McKinney Avenue in the old Frankie's Sports Bar space. By Friday the line for lunch-time burger action reached out the door.

If you've chomped your way through any of Hopdoddy's sloppy burger creations at the Preston Center location, you'll know what to expect. The only real difference between the two locations is the layout, and a bit more outdoor seating on the Uptown patio. Still, the new location gives you another excuse to check out one of the burgers you may have missed so far, and the restaurant is a welcome addition to this part of McKinney Avenue.

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Steel City Pops Is Open on Greenville, and the Choice Between "Creamy" and "Fruity" Is Yours

Amy McCarthy
This time of year, the temperatures in Dallas remind us why we all choose to live in Texas. The weather is beautiful, but it will soon turn into a sweltering inferno that will turn all of us into sweaty, pissed off jerks. When it's 110 degrees outside, as it will be before long, the only thing that sounds remotely appealing is moving into a walk-in freezer. And popsicles.

Artisan popsicles have been a thing for a while now. With quirky flavor combinations and fresh, whole ingredients, local shops like Pop Star have re-imagined the sticky-sweet childhood favorite into culinary masterpieces on a stick. Now, an out-of-towner is bringing their own unique spin on artisan popsicles to Lower Greenville.

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La Banqueta, One of Dallas' Best Taquerías, Is Open Again in East Dallas

It's suadero time.
After more than nine months since the closure its Bryan Street location, La Banqueta, one of Dallas' best taquerías, is open for business at its new location just a few blocks around the corner on Carroll Avenue. For taco enthusiasts, the wait has been a long one.

Last August, Alberto Neri announced he would be relocating the flagship location of his taquería chain as soon as the replacement space was ready for business. But then the original location unexpectedly closed, and was quickly replaced by Taquería Conin. It would be seven months before the new location would open. There was a hole in the taco-time continuum.

See Also: Raising La Banqueta

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At Uptown's New Bowen House, an Old Home, New Drinks, and No Menu Needed

Cody Neathery
Situated behind S&D Oyster Company in Uptown is the recently opened Bowen House. The structure was built in 1874 and named after its original owner, Ahab Bowen, and its story is appropriately commemorated on a historical marker located on the front patio. Within its 140-year-old walls now sits a room-length bar with small booths and tables placed on your left and right as you step inside.

"Our goal was to be different. Like the Kennedy Room, [owner] Pasha Heidari wanted to have a place that attracts a neighborhood crowd," General Manager Trent Nabors says. "We didn't want to seem too stuffy but at the same time, provide a quality not found in Uptown."

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The New Kitchen LTO Is Coming, with a California Chef, a New Look and Lots of Smoke

via Kitchen LTO
After Chef Eric Shelton cooks his last meal at Kitchen LTO on June 1, a new chef chosen by the people will start fresh with a brand new concept. Last week, owner Casie Caldwell held a tasting and voting party where diners could choose a winner from the five semi-finalists who were vying to take over the ever-changing spot.

The votes have been tallied, and California-based chef Brooke Egger will be packing her knives and moving to Dallas to bring her brand of "Pacific Northwest meets California cuisine with a hint of world flair" to Trinity Groves. Most recently, Egger has been operating her own catering company in California, but had previously cheffed at Sol-Food Kitchen and Village Modern Foods in Santa Barbara.

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How a Dessert Menu Is Built: Pastry Chef David Collier on Sweetening Up John Tesar's Knife

Collier's Cheesecake and Pretzel desserts at soon-to-open Knife
There's certainly a lot of talk about meat, and rightly so, when it comes to Chef John Tesar's Knife Modern Steak, opening soon in the Hotel Palomar.

But what about the hotel guest with a sweet tooth, or the film geek who wants to break down the third act after a night across the street at the Angelika? How do you set up a dessert menu from scratch that complements a menu of meat-meat-meat? We sat down with Spoon pastry chef David Collier, who's been busy designing the desserts for Knife.

See also: John Tesar Plans to Sell You Some Really Old Meat at Knife, His New Steakhouse

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Dee Lincoln's Is Almost Open in Plano, as Restaurants' March to Suburbia Continues

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Catherine Downes
Back in March we took a look at why a number of Dallas restaurants were headed off to the 'burbs to open second locations. Plenty of Plano residents were coming down to Dallas for a visit to Lockhart Smokehouse, Smoke or whatever popular restaurant, so their owners eventually thought why not build a second one up and to build a whole new customer base.

The next Dallas transplant restaurant is Dee Lincoln's Steak and Burger Bar, which was first announced in the beginning of this March, and is already slated to open for its first night of business this Friday. The original Dee's opened last year in Uptown with a menu that features burgers and steaks prominently, and the second Dee's will open in the Preston Towne Crossing development, also featuring red meat, but there will be a few differences.

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