News Bites: Hot Udon Noodles and Coffee Chains Coming to Dallas

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PJs Coffee of New Orleans, an international brand with seven coffee houses in Texas, has three locations in the works in North Texas. The first two, both now open, are in McKinney and Northlake. A Farmers Branch spot is slated to open early next month. The Northlake and Farmers Branch outposts are run by New Orleans locals who wanted a touch of home in Dallas, from king cake lattes to the signature chicory-accented roast. Another out-of-town coffee chain Dutch Bros. is considering a 10-location DFW expansion. reports Eater Dallas. No information yet about where or when they were published,

More Japanese noodles ahoy

If you haven’t ventured to Marugame Udon in Carrollton, the first Japanese noodle chain outpost in Texas that arrived last summer, another is on the way. This time, the udon-themed restaurant in Dallas lands at 5500 Greenville Avenue in the Old Town Village. It will officially open on January 19th. Here you will find the typical Udon noodles in the Sanuki style – thicker with a springy chew – as well as a menu with tempura, meat from the robata grill and various Katsu sandos.

Village Bakery Co. opens a location in Knox District

Co-founders Clint and Kim Cooper started their boulangerie business in the early 2000s, opening their first artisanal bakery in 2012 and another with co-owners Seth Bame and Mark Plunkett in 2015. Now, Village Bakery Co. will grow again with a new retail location at 4539 Travis Street in the Knox district, where you’ll find the French breads and baked goods the bakery is known for.

The beverage industry hopes that take-away cocktails will become permanent

As the 87th legislature begins this week, Texan lawmakers are pushing for take-away cocktails to become an on-going offer through House Bill 1024 and Senate Bill 298. This is a move the bar and the distilled spirits industry hope will help businesses struggling through the Covid19 pandemic. Governor Greg Abbott allowed Texas restaurants and bars to temporarily sell take-away cocktails and small amounts of alcohol since last March, which was later extended indefinitely. In June Abbott said he supported making such services permanent Texas Tribune.

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