Dallas Food and Drink News You May Have Missed Over the Holidays
We know the holidays can get a little awkward. After the adrenaline rush of wrapping that final gift and getting under the tree, the days blur as you look at Wonder Woman 1984 and decide if it’s bad or really, really bad, as the internet argues. If you had completely ignored the internet, you might have had the most relaxing break of all of us. No matter how unplugged you’ve been in the past week, some food news always pops under the radar. So without further ado, a dispatch about the latest food and drink in Dallas.
The biggest hubbub is the word of Macellaio’s closure. Jennifer Uygur, who co-owns the casual Salumi restaurant with her husband David, wrote in an email: “During the pandemic, we tried to find the right niche for Lucia’s casual sister restaurant. Despite several pivotal points, sales continued to decline. With sales dropping dramatically and with no salaryman available to split expenses, Macellaio simply has no moving forward. So David and I decided to close it permanently. “(Salaryman closed in November after Chef Justin Holt was diagnosed with leukemia.)
Macellaio and Lucia closed their dining rooms in March and managed to last nine months with to-go menus, gift certificates and other sources of income. The staff stayed COVID-19 free, but Macellaio folded and Lucia embarked on a new path forward. The Uygurs decided not to renew Lucia’s lease, which ended in December. Therefore, the restaurant will move out of its original (also smaller) house in spring and reopen in the former Macellaio room. In the meantime, Salaryman’s former space is becoming the permanent Lucia To Go spot, soon to be restarted.
What does it all mean? “That means we have a large, covered terrace with propane heaters and fans on which we can accommodate guests at a safe distance from each other. This means we have a larger dining room that has enough space to socially distance our tables and feed enough pasta to enough people for us to pay our staff and our bills. That means we have hope for the first time in months, ”says Jennifer Uygur.
In better news, Thunderbird Pies finally has a permanent home in Lakewood. The Detroit pizza concept – the best pizza I had in 2020, may I add – comes from the cake assistants behind Cane Rosso and Zoli. After Thunderbird Pies shows up at Zoli’s in Addison, he will move to his new home at 7328 Gaston Avenue in the former On Rotation area. The announcement came on Facebook: “They say that only a fool would put a new pizza restaurant next to his long-standing, existing pizza restaurant. Well with Zod as my witness, I’m so stupid !!!! “The owners will also be opening a new Cow Tipping Creamery next door. Hopefully everything will come in March.
Senator John Cornyn’s chest piece got the internet hooked over the holidays – not because it looked particularly good. I’m not going to go over everything that swirls around on Twitter again as that is not the energy I want to bring in in 2021. However, I’ll be sharing the social media ribs Cornyn received when he posted a picture of the family chestpiece.
Brisket family tradition pic.twitter.com/VbJry2rcfZ
– Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) December 25, 2020
To be fair, nothing caught under the light of the kitchen range will ever look this attractive. Even the Houston Chronicle gave him a pass. But mostly Texans wanted answers. Texas Monthly Barbecue Editor couldn’t avoid getting caught up in this important food journalism case. He researched the recipe and posted a story after trying the Cornyn’d Beef Brisket. Let’s call it slow news week or big business in Texas. I call it a reason to leave it to the grill professionals.
Vidorra opens a second location in Addison. The Deep Ellum Restaurant, whose roof terrace with DJ energy is open throughout 2020, will have a sister location from December 28th. At 5100 Beltline Road, Suite 410 in Addisons Village on Parkway, you’ll find Vidorra’s same Mexican-inspired food and drink as well as a 2,000-square-foot deck.