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.
Revolver Taco Lounge Goes Back to Where It All Started
Firstly, the Deep Ellum location is not in jeopardy, so don’t panic. Owner Regino Rojas, who originally opened Revolver Taco Lounge in Fort Worth in 2011, tells the Dallas Morning News that the homecoming was always a part of the plan. (Texas Monthly broke the news in a taco news roundup.) When Rojas closed up the FW taqueria in 2017 and brought his Michoacán food to Dallas later that same year, he was already a household name. After further demonstrating his refined skills, earning him both local and national accolades, at his finer concepts Purepecha and La Resistencia, he’s taking all that know-how back to where it all began. He’ll open Revolver in a former Taco Diner space at Sundance Square sometime this summer.
Franklin BBQ and Uchiba Join Forces in the Name of Ramen
Dubbed “Uncommon Ramen,” the restaurants (both a part of Hai Hospitality group) have collaborated on a smoky beef ramen, fusing the best of barbecue and Asian cookery in one hot bowl of soup. The dish entails a pho-style broth, smoked beef, charred mushrooms, egg noodles, soy-marinated egg, and pickled red onion. The veggie version obviously skips the bovine and pumps up the mushroom volume. Available at Uchiba every Monday through February (dine-in or curbside), slurp up some uncommon ramen for $16.
Cultivar Coffee Roasting Co. Will Shutter Its Oak Cliff Shop
February 21 will be the local roaster’s last day on Jefferson Boulevard. Its East Dallas location will remain, reports the Dallas Morning News. The reason behind the closure is a common one: “Owner Jonathan Meadows says in a letter to fans that the pandemic hurt Cultivar’s sales and the lease was up in Oak Cliff.” Many such indie coffee operations have sprung up since 2009 when Cultivar first arrived on the scene; it’s certainly among Dallas’ Third Wave pioneers.
CornDog With No Name Opens a New Location
As owners Vickie and Victoria “Jace” Fletcher Christensen close the chapter on their year-long family feud with Fletcher’s Corny Dog, the mother-daughter duo has already moved on to open a new location for their upmarket fried foods at 6030 Luther Lane. There, they dunk pickle-encased hot dogs into batter or give the classic version a bacon exterior. They’ve also sold, to mixed reactions, a $25 corn dog gilded in edible gold leaf.
In Case You Missed It: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Is Open
It’s open. I had the Everything Bagel flavor. Read about the scoop shop details here.