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News Bites: Shoals Shutters in Deep Ellum and Denton’s Armadillo Ale Works Closes, Too

SideDish’s weekly digest of need-to-know dining happenings in Dallas.
By  Rachel Colman |
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Pour one out of the bygone Denton brewery, Armadillo Ale Works, which closed this month after 12 years in beer. Courtesy Armadillo Ale Works

Last Call for Shoals Sound & Service

The Deep Ellum bar on Elm Street closed this weekend. It stings. There’s not shortage of watering holes in Deep Ellum, but few have bartenders switch out vinyl records—there was a Leon Bridges to Janet Jackson to Beach Boys run that set a good mood recently—between shaking up espresso martinis and crushed-ice-heavy caipirinhas. For five years, Shoals Sound & Service has carved out a space where you can bring dates, friend groups, out-of-town visitors, and just become a regular patron. It’s a special space that can be an all-in-one bar. It even in the last two years gave us a vegan menu—chopped cheez, mushroom ceviche, sweet and savory empanadas!—that was hearty and filling and never made you once miss meat. It will be missed. —Rosin Saez

Pour One Out for Armadillo Ale Works, Too

But don’t waste an Armadillo Yacht Club IPA. In a social post (and later reported by Denton Record-Chronicle), Armadillo Ale Works shared that its last day was March 27. “With barrels of blood, sweat, and tears, we persevered through hell and high water to create outstanding beverages, cut no corners to build an unrivaled company culture, and threw everything we could at attempting to develop a business plan for success,” a Facebook post read. For 12 years, Armadillo gave Denton an award-winning brewery. That’s no small feat. Sadly, it wasn’t able to fully recover from the damage (expenses, debt, Texas alcohol restrictions) of the pandemic. The future of Armadillo brewing is unclear, but its history is something to be proud of.

Dallas Morning News (paywall) points out that Armadillo is just one of a handful of breweries that closed recently. BrainDead, Legal Draft, and others have shuttered. —RS

Foxtrot Has a New Spot on Knox

Should you find yourself taking a stroll on Knox Street and in need of coffee, a sandwich, flowers or a last-minute gift, the Chicago-born Foxtrot has got you covered. Starting this summer at 3130 Knox Street, Foxtrot will be bringing a mix of convenience and all-day cafe necessities to Dallas. One of the many aspects to look forward to from Foxtrot is their grocery element: you could have Dallas’ favorite local beers and fine wines, chef-prepared meals and everyday essentials ready for pick up.  

Zalat Pizza Is Not Coming to East Dallas As Fast As We Hoped For

Our deepest apologies pizza zealots, the new Zalat Pizza delivery shop will not be opening on Peavy Road as first reported by the Dallas Morning News. The reason? An inadequate parking structure and a complicated lease agreement. Founder and CEO Khanh Nguyen said an East Dallas storefront is still in the works, but Peavy Road is a location of the past.  

Suave Restaurant, Au Troisieme, Opening In Preston Center

If you’re anything like us and are tired of the same-old, same-old, then the new Au Troisieme restaurant opening is ready to rock your world. Trust us, this suave newcomer should know a thing or two about shaking it up considering its scope extends from Hawaii to France with Dallas next in line.  

According to Dallas Culture Map, Au Troisieme, which translates to “the third place,” plans to serve lunch and dinner in addition to weekend brunch. The promising menu includes dishes such as escargot with a Filipino twist, halibut wrapped in mustard greens, the “Hawaiian Cuban,” plus many more variations of salad and sandwiches. 

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