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News Bites: Deep Ellum Vegan Restaurant Tiki Loco to Close, Mister O1 Expands to Grapevine

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Tiki Loco's Smokin' Hawaiian "Steak" Poke nachos got a shoutout from PETA. Photograph by Catherine Downes.

Tiki Loco Announces Its Closure

Vegan restaurant Tiki Loco is sadly closing its doors.

The Deep Ellum eatery announced on Instagram that it would shut down operations January 3 after more than four years in the neighborhood. It cited declining foot traffic and increasing costs as the drivers for the closure.

“Truth be told, the last year and a half we’ve ridden this rollercoaster of extremes like so many have, and ultimately it has financially drained us,” Tiki Loco founder Audra Cabral told CultureMap.

Tiki Loco opened in 2018 to serve a full vegan menu of burgers, tacos, nachos, smoothies, coffee, and cocktails. It was co-owned by Oliver Peck and Dean Williams, Elm Street Tattoo shop artists. In 2019, D said the restaurant was the best in Deep Ellum for breakfast.

Until it closes, hours for the restaurant will be from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., but it could fluctuate to accommodate supply and staff, according to the Instagram post.

More Extraordinary Pizza for North Texas

Mister O1, a Miami-based pizza joint that opened its first location in Dallas this fall, will have a second location in Texas in the spring, this time in downtown Grapevine.

Local franchise partner John Labarge said in a press release that he hopes the new opening will allow folks in cities like Colleyville, Southlake, Westlake, Flower Mound, and beyond to get a taste of chef Renato Viola’s pizza. Mister O1’s first location in Turtle Creek made its debut in October, and its specials, like the star-shaped Star Luca and Star Beckham, have already caused a buzz.

The new storefront will be located at 129 S. Main St., Ste. 155 and is expected to open spring 2023.

Dallas Restaurateur Jon Alexis is Opening Up a Concept at Snider Plaza

Jon Alexis’ Imperial Group plans to open up the Ramble Room, a neighborhood restaurant that will feature American cuisine, in Snider Plaza next year, according to a press release. Alexis recently debuted Escondido in Preston Hollow, a Tex-Mex joint with a sprawling patio. It’s not clear what the menu looks like, but the Ramble Room will serve American cuisine that is “classic” and “approachable.” It leans into a trend we’re seeing a lot these days, which is comforting food that we all know and recognize. 6565 Hillcrest Ave., Ste. 150.

Play Pickleball, Eat Some Chicken

Pickleball’s momentum is still growing. Kansas City-based Chicken N Pickle, an “eatertainment” space with pickleball courts and a chicken-forward menu, will open its second North Texas location in Grapevine next month.

Pickleball lovers can help themselves to a dozen courts, but if you aren’t there to play (wyd?) there are also lawn games, a bar, and a restaurant. The menu includes plenty of chicken dishes, including a hot chicken sandwich, a chicken and rib combo, and a pickled chicken (brined and grilled chicken breast with bacon, avocado, pickle slaw, and cheese). There are also pork and beef offerings for those wanting more.

The pickleball craze isn’t going away anytime soon: an Allen location is slated for 2024.

Chef Tim Love’s Latest Concept, Tannahill’s Tavern, Opens Inside His Fort Worth Music Venue

Tannahill’s Tavern, named after chef Tim Love’s son, has opened inside the 1,000-person music venue owned by Love in the Stockyards. The chef and owner of Love Management opened the venue in the fall and has since had acts such as Ludacris, Noah Cyrus, and Spoon. The menu for Tannahill’s Tavern includes grilled oysters, fried bologna sandwiches, cold noodle salad, and a cocktail menu to match. Tannahill’s Tavern and Music Hall, 122 E. Exchange St., Ste. 200, Fort Worth.

Vegas-based Mexican Eatery Slated for 2023 Opening in Deep Ellum

Step into Tulum at La Neta Cocina y Lounge, a Mexican-inspired restaurant that will open its first Texas location in Dallas this March. The lounge will be located inside The Epic in Deep Ellum, the new, shiny office building that also serves as retail space and a hotel. La Neta is overseen by Las Vegas-based 81/82 Group, and its menu includes options from brunch to happy hour, including Baja-style oysters, chipotle hummus, and ceviche.

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