New Decor and Space Upgrades for Truck Yard Dallas
Dallas watering hole Truck Yard reopened March 10 after closing its doors in November to renovate the place, according to a press release. The renovations were upwards of $2 million and include more seating, patio space, fire pits, and bathrooms that are no longer, as the release notes, “crappy.”
The Sears Street location opened in 2013 and became known as a place to drink beers, explore food truck offerings, and hammer down on cheesesteaks and nachos.
Most of the renovations touch on the design and décor. Truck Yard’s style is endearingly quirky, from statues of giant dancing frogs to the mishmash of lawn chairs and barstools that welcome a “come as you are” attitude. The refreshed space is as “weather-friendly” as possible and includes changes that are intended to provide a smoother customer experience, like a larger bar and kitchen for busy days and tableside mobile ordering.
5624 Sears St.
Plano Gets a Speakeasy Named After the Owner’s Dog
A speakeasy in the ‘burbs is set to open next month in Plano’s Lakeside Market. Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill chef-owner Ryan Oruch is opening The Wilfred adjacent to the seafood restaurant, according to a press release.
Guests will have to enter a code on a keypad in the waiting area of Sea Breeze to enter The Wilfred. The code will change, but the latest batch of numbers will be posted on social media or Sea Breeze receipts.
Inside, The Wilfred will have a bar, chandeliers, and two small lounge areas. The cocktail menu is pre-prohibition-inspired and includes drinks curated by Ryan Payne and Midnight Rambler’s Gabe Sanchez. One drink, “The Freddy,” is served as a shot and is named after Wilfred, a dog Oruch adopted 11 years ago. The Freddy proceeds will go to local nonprofits, and each quarter a different nonprofit will be chosen, according to a press release.
The Wilfred will also have a by-the-glass wine program, and a food menu will include a seasonal selection of seafood and other small bites.
The Wilfred will open April 2023, Tuesday through Saturday starting at 4 p.m. at 4017 Preston Road, Suite 530, Plano.
Sandwich Hag Has a Permanent Vietnamese Coffee Shop
Vietnamese coffee will now be available on weekends at ChimLanh, a woman-of-color-owned coffee shop that will operate out of one of Dallas’ favorite concepts, Sandwich Hag, according to the Dallas Morning News. Chef Reyna Duong teamed up with Detour Doughnuts chef Jinny Choo of Frisco to serve Vietnamese cà phê and a selection of pastries from Detour.
The coffee beans are from Nguyen Coffee Supply, a company that sources from Vietnam. A typical Vietnamese coffee, once slow-dripped, will have sweetened condensed milk or ice added to it. Duong told the News that in many Vietnamese homes, cà phê accompanies all kinds of meals, making it an ideal spot to open ChimLanh alongside Sandwich Hag’s offerings.
902 Botham Jean Blvd.
More openings and closures
- Pizza Leila opened its downtown Dallas location March 14. The menu includes pizza whole or by the slice. 2111 Flora St., Ste. 120.
- Pickletopia, the pickle shop on Bryan Street, closed last year. Part of the reason for the closure was the pandemic, and it’s unlikely to reopen, says owner Lee Theilen.
- The Mockingbird Station location of Urban Taco closed early March, according to CultureMap. Its menu will still be available through OOMI Digital Kitchen, which was co-founded by Urban Taco owner Markus Pineyro.