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News Bites: Big-Deal NYC Restaurant Plots a Dallas Location and Irving Gets a Vegan Spot

SideDish’s weekly digest of need-to-know dining happenings in Dallas.
A plate of vegan chicken freid steak with mashed potatoes and green beans.
Bam's Vegan / Brandon Waller

Welcome to SideDish’s weekly dispatch of need-to-know News Bites, from quiet closures to opening updates and everything in between, including coronavirus-related intel.

Bam’s Vegan
Two weeks ago, the Bam’s Vegan Instagram account teased a photo of signage going up on a building. Word is, Brandon Waller is opening a Bam’s Vegan Smoothies and Wraps in Irving in the new year. Waller, one of North Texas’ stalwarts of the vegan scene, has long served his vegan fare out of the Dallas Farmers Market and through pop-ups in the Dallas area. But he’s setting roots down at 2301 North O’Connor Road. The focus here will be more grab-and-go, which makes sense in these careful times. This summer Waller released a series of e-cookbooks, perfect for quarantine cooking at home. Bam’s Vegan is slated to open next January.

New York’s Red Sauce Darling Carbone to Open in Dallas
You may remember Carbone for nearly breaking New York City with its delivery service at the start of the pandemic. The lust for $32 spicy rigatoni takeout incited such a crowd that police intervened to clear the street outside the original Greenwich Village location. Now, the Michelin-starred New York favorite is set to open its doors in Dallas on December 1st. Investor Stephen Summers has been working to bring the restaurant to Dallas for eight years, reports the Dallas Morning News. Aside from its original location in Manhattan, Carbone has a pop-up in the Hamptons and outposts in Hong Kong and Las Vegas. It is planned to take over the Design District space that once held Sassetta and Wheelhouse. —Reagan Williamson

Mezcal Week at Las Almas Rotas
You had me at “mezcal.” The Fair Park mezcaleria is hosting Mezcal Week, bringing a special cocktail that celebrates two of the most emblematic plants of Mexico: maguey y maíz. That drink is The Courne Identity (incredible name) made with Mezcal Vago Elote, Nixta Corn Liqueur, lime juice, cilantro syrup and Mexican oregano tincture. Get it at Las Almas (no takeout option with this cocktail) from September 8 to 15.

Taquero New Location
The beloved Taquero has decamped from its former West Dallas home to a spot at 5434 Ross Avenue (formerly Pints and Quarts), reports CultureMap Dallas. Owners Victor Rico and Fino Rodriguez hope to open this fall. Meanwhile, currently occupying Taquero’s old digs is Frida’s Tacos. Read all about the new taqueria’s offerings from al pastor off the trompo to the trendiest taco sweeping the nation, quesabirria.

Farewell to Fuddruckers and So Long Luby’s
The 73-year-old Texas-based cafeteria chain is liquidating assets, including the company’s Fuddruckers restaurants. The company made the announcement on Tuesday, but Luby’s had been struggling for years, according to the Houston Business Journal.

Howdy Homemade Needs a Scoop of Help Right Now
A D colleague of mine and Howdy fan brought to my attention that the Dallas ice cream shop is struggling. And while so many businesses are merely surviving the economic wake of a seemingly endless pandemic, Howdy’s provides tasty ice cream and much-needed job security for adults with disabilities. They’ve set up a GoFundMe page to help save Howdy Homemade and help with moving costs. It’s moving from its current location on Lovers Lane to a more affordable space on Inwood Road, reports the Dallas Morning News, but that still may not be enough to sustain the business for long. Today is the last day to buy a pint of Fancy Strawberry or Cookie Monster at the original location.

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