The 12 Most Anticipated Spring Restaurant Openings in Dallas–Fort Worth

Lombardi's Asian fusion, Stephan Pyles' latest and new locations of local favorites
March 14, 2016
by Steven Lindsey

The flowers are blooming and the birds are singing more cheerily, but our favorite sign of spring is the new crop of restaurants sprouting up all over the greater metro area. From the highly anticipated new spot from chef Stephan Pyles to all sorts of popular restaurants getting new locations, here are the 12 most anticipated spring openings in Dallas–Fort Worth. 

The Hospitality Sweet
Opening: March 16, 2016
The first restaurant on this list to open is the new location of this bakery-cafe that's been pleasing crowds at its Downtown Dallas location since opening. In addition to decadent cakes and pastries, a full menu of savory items will be available. Think potato brisket hash at breakfast, braised chicken, salads and roasted vegetable tarts during lunch and happy hour. This new Preston Center location will be open slightly later than its Downtown counterpart, but that's still only 6 PM. Stop in opening day for a free cake pop.

6135 Luther Ln.

Jasper's Richardson
Opening: April 2016
Chef Kent Rathbun's ever-popular Plano spot for elevated American fare is getting a Richardson sibling at the booming CityLine development near the George Bush Turnpike. His "gourmet backyard cuisine" will continue to focus on a diverse menu of fresh seafood, prime steaks, rotisserie chicken and delectable sides.

1251 State St., Ste. 950, Richardson

Kai Asian Bistro
Opening: Late April 2016
Celebrated Dallas restaurateur Alberto Lombardi (Toulouse, Taverna) is about to tackle Asian cuisine with the help of chef Richard Chen, who received a Michelin Star for Wing Let at the Wynn Las Vegas. Prepare for an open-wok kitchen and a midcentury-modern design in the space formerly occupied by Lombardi's Sangria Tapas y Bar near Knox Street. Among the menu offerings, pork and shrimp shu mai, shrimp and green papaya salad, roasted Peking duck and pan-seared pork and veggie steam buns.

4524 Cole Ave.

The Hall Bar & Grill
Opening: Early April 2016
The newest incubator concept at Trinity Groves in West Dallas comes from the legendary Bob Sambol (creator of Bob's Steak and Chop House). The cozy 100-seat restaurant directly behind Chino Chinatown and across the breezeway from Amberjax will feature photographs and memorabilia from famous past and present Dallas-area sports heroes. There will be a focus on fine American cuisine, but as you'd both hope and expect, there will be a few really great steaks.

3011 Gulden Ln, # 109; 214-308-6720

Taverna Rossa Southlake
​Opening: April 2016
The original Plano spot for artisanal pizzas made with premium, locally sourced ingredients proved so popular in that neighborhood that it's branching out to another 'burb with a location near Southlake Town Square. In addition to signature pizzas, expect lots of local craft beers, cocktails, wine on tap and live music. The 1,500-sq.-ft. patio is designed for year-round enjoyment.

​1151 Southlake Blvd. 

Heim Barbecue
Opening: Spring 2016
After operating one of the most successful food trailers in the city, husband-and-wife team Travis & Emma Heim are finally going brick-and-mortar. Their Texas-style craft barbecue already has a Star Wars–level legion of devoted fans, so this will certainly expand their base of devotees for prime cuts of beef and made-from-scratch sides. A larger space will also mean more capacity to smoke greater quantities of meat because they currently sell out within hours on a daily basis.

1109 W. Magnolia Ave.

Flora Street Cafe
May 2016
After a successful decade at his namesake restaurant, Stephan Pyles, the celebrity chef, is moving a few blocks away and updating the concept. Expect more of his popular Southwestern-influenced cuisine in a slightly smaller space, but still on a fine-dining level. The new spot in the the Dallas Arts District will certainly be a favorite meeting spot before and after performances or museum exhibitions. His signature restaurant closes soon, so make reservations now to ensure a proper farewell.

2323 Ross Ave.

Earl's 377
Opening: Spring 2016
If you find yourself up north in Argyle, you'll definitely want to check out this pizza joint featuring scratch-made dough and Italian tomato sauce on the pies, which will be topped with a 50/50 mix of provolone and mozzarella. The concept comes from the same team behind the excellent Barley & Board and LSA Burger Co. in Denton, so it'll open with instant pedigree. Chef Chad Kelly is most excited about his pre-ferment dough, which will use a poolish starter, which increases the flavor development over its production time. Gluten and sugars break down to make the dough easier to digest too.

427 Highway 377 N., Argyle

Meso Maya Lakewood
Opening: Spring 2016
The third location of this slowly growing chain of restaurants serving authentic interior Mexican cuisine and creative margaritas will soon be serving diners east of Central Expressway in the charming Lakewood neighborhood. From the team behind Taqueria La Ventana and El Fenix, expect the same spot-on flavors in every dish from the culinary mind of chef Nico Sanchez, including rich chicken mole (pictured above), enchiladas, tacos and their signature Budin Azteca dishes, a Mexican version of lasagna made with layers of fresh corn tortillas instead of pasta. The restaurant will also feature an intimate 40-seat patio.

4123 Abrams Rd.

Piada Italian Street Food Fort Worth
Opening: April 1, 2016
Fort Worth is getting an outpost of this popular chain for Italian street food–style grilled wraps stuffed with meats and/or veggies. Pastas, chopped salads and seasonal dishes offer additional variety. Dallas proper has yet to see a location, but hopefully that'll be corrected soon.

3300 Heritage Trace Pkwy., Ste. 110, Fort Worth

Opening: April 2016
The first Texas location of this quaint California bakery will feature the same signature layer cakes, including a famous red-velvet variety. The bakery is also known for its cupcakes filled with frosting. Puddings, cookies, pies and cheesecakes are also available, as well as completely customizable and personalized decorated layer cakes crafted from a selection of cake and frosting flavors.

6100 Luther Ln.

Butcher Board
April 2016
From the team behind Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen (opening up a Lakewood location this summer) comes a full-service sandwich and butcher shop right next door to its McKinney restaurant. The fast-service offerings will be highlighted by hand-carved meats and hopefully the signature Sugarbacon (pictured above) of its big-brother eatery.

216 W. Virginia St., McKinney

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