The Dallas Dish – Highland Park soda fountain gets new life, friends-themed pop-up bar, and new cafe buzz


Iit’s been crazy two years since Enjoy your meal named Dallas the 2019 Restaurant City of the Year. But even during a pandemic, our city’s dining scene has persevered. With the sheer number of recent openings (especially at Deep Ellum, Bishop Arts, and Downtown), it’s easy to forget that many industry players are still struggling, but Texas restaurants have been breaking new ground. to provide the comfort food – and cocktails – we need. . Now it’s time to look forward to Dallas restaurant news.

From exciting openings to unfortunate closings (as well as any other food news we might find appropriate), The Dallas Dish is your weekly helper of indispensable local food news.

The sister restaurant recently opened in Lower Greenville. (Courtesy of Duro Hospitality)

The team behind The Charles and Sister is expanding its portfolio.

Duro Hospitality was founded in 2020 by Chas Martin, Benji Homsey, Corbin See and Ross See. The owners of the recently opened Charles and Sister restaurant are on the right track with the announcement of three new dining concepts next year, as well as a small rental building in Lower Greenville.

First, Café Duro will soon open next to Sister as an Italian café and market with pre-cut meats, paninis and pastries. Next, the hotel group is taking over the historic site of the old Highland Park soda fountain on Knox Street, with plans to open a new restaurant this fall – more to come later. And finally, an unnamed concept is heading to the corner of Cole and Riverfront in the Design District in mid-2022.

As for Lower Greenville rental property, Casa Duro marks the hotel company’s first foray into the hospitality industry. Opening in early 2022, three apartments will be available for long or short term rental. Entirely fitted out by the talented Sees Design, the spots are sure to be breathtaking.

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The Whippersnapper pulls out all the stops in their themed pop-up bars. (Courtesy)

Whippersnapper’s latest pop culture transformation.

From January 20, The Whippersnapper bar on Henderson Avenue will transform into a Friends-themed pop-up, featuring Joey and Chandler’s La-Z-Boys. Known for other successful pop-ups with movie and TV show themes like Harry Potter, The Simpsons, and breaking Bad in the past, This & That Hospitality has set the stage for the immersive New York City television sitcom. There will be themed drinks and food, a photo booth, artwork by local artist Jonny Freeman, and more.

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In anticipation of the opening of the Graph Coffee store in Oak Cliff, you can order beans online. (Courtesy)

A new cafe is coming to Oak Cliff.

A nano-batch specialty coffee roaster called graf/’kôfē (Graph Coffee Roasters) is opening a shop at the corner of Edgefield and Tennessee avenues in the Elmwood neighborhood of Oak Cliff. The company is currently hosting pop-ups leading to the open – follow here to track progress. You can also buy coffee beans online.


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