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.
A Deep Ellum Dive Makes a Comeback
After more than a year with the lights out, the Twilite Lounge reopened on March 22 with its famous frozen Irish coffees and cool courtyard patio. Masks are required. Sit at your table and stay put, unless heading to the bathroom. In other words, try not to mill about the place. Live music isn’t back just yet. Baby steps, y’all. Welcome back to the Twilite zone.
High-End Sushi and Fancy Cocktails Arrive Downtown
After debuting Monarch, the latest of a string of restaurants to open inside the new Thompson Dallas hotel, chef-restaurateur Danny Grant’s upscale sushi restaurant opens today. Grant, who hails from the Michelin-starred halls of kitchens in Chicago, brings Kessaku to a floor above Monarch. It’s here that you can drop serious dough on $63 nigiri and a $145 cocktail made with an 18-year single malt Japanese whisky. Reservations are highly, extremely recommended.
The Vandelay Hospitality Group Takes Over a Former Houston’s
The prolific restaurant group behind Hudson House, East Hampton Sandwich Co., Drake’s Hollywood, and Lucky’s Hot Chicken continues its march to dining domination (kidding…). It’s remodeling a former Houston’s in Addison and will later this fall open Brentwood, which promises to bring “modern American cuisine with a particular emphasis on elevated southwestern fare.” At 5318 Belt Line Road, find a 6,800 square-foot space with a patio. An onsite bakery will produce jalapeño cornbread, brioche breads, and rosemary focaccia, all to compliment dishes like slow-cooked rotisserie meats, steaks, pizza, and more. Stay tuned for updates as we have them.
20 Feet Seafood Joint Closes in East Dallas
The perennial favorite for a great basket of fish and chips shuttered for good this month. Count Marc Cassel’s White Rock-area spot among a legion of pandemic casualties. It closed down a year ago, back when COVID-19 induced dining room closures everywhere. Unlike others, though, 20 Feet closed and stayed closed “after lease negotiations couldn’t be resolved,” reports the Dallas Morning News. We don’t think it’s the last we’ll see from Cassel (or his french fries, which boasts a loyal following).
The Ginger Man Has Been Bulldozed
In more sad news, the Uptown beer bar is demolished. A moment of silence for this creaky pile of wood. I have but only a handful of pre-pandemic Dallas memories and downing pints of beer in a crowded room at the Ginger Man is one of them. A folk band was jamming in the corner by the bar. Upstairs, on the not-quite-outside, but not-quite-safe-from-cold-breezes patio, every squeaky step was felt. There, groups (!) drank and played board games and asked strangers (!!) to take pictures of them with their smartphone as though it wasn’t a glassy brick of bacteria. Those were the times! Now those times are reduced to rubble. Stream Realty bought the property at Boll and Howell streets in February 2020, and it’ll eventually become part of the redeveloped Quadrangle project.