by Steven Doyle
It seems the business model for fast casual restaurants are gearing quickly to look like Chipotle. This makes sense for restaurateurs wanting to give plenty fresh and fast options to their clientele who are seeking higher quality than the average fast food chain. Enter the latest in the arena of the Chipotle model, Project Pie, a chain from San Diego. Project Pie customers will find it easy to select from seven different pizzas on the menu for a fast exchange of $7.85, or choose from a myriad of ingredients including sauces, meat, and vegetables, also $7.85 regardless of the amount of toppings.
If this sounds eerily similar to local chain, Pie Five, you are correct. In fact many are looking at getting into the fast casual Chipotle-like pizza restaurants across the country. Be on the look out for such chains as Blaze Pizza (which is also making way to Dallas), PizzaRev and 800 Degrees. Everyone wants to be that next big chain the conquers all. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Been waiting to get your cheddar fries fix on Greenville Avenue? The new Snuffer’s that is built on the original site of the haunted Snuffers is set to re-open Monday, March 10 just in time for St Patrick’ Day. We all know that St Patrick’s is a holy day for bars and restaurants on Greenville, and this gives us more cause to celebrate. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Not too unlike the Death Star, The Blind Butcher is now fully operational. That means you may now enjoy food with your cocktails or beer. When Blind Butcher first opened the food aspect of the unique neighborhood tavern was not quite ready for the public, but the wait was very well worthwhile. For those familiar with the quality of Goodfriend (link has a fun Q&A with Tobin and Yingling) located further in East Dallas, this new hot spot is owned by the same folks. Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling truly know how to entertain their guests, and that is simply to offer the best of everything in a uber unpretentious environment. The Blind Butcher definitely qualifies in that respect. Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas
Sundown at Granada, a lower Greenville Avenue neighborhood restaurant and beer garden has launched a new menu that is 70% organic and 99% non-GMO. Co-owner Michael Schoder says, “The entire reason we decided to launch a new menu was to move towards an organic and non-GMO menu and promote eating seasonally. We are finding ways to increase our organic options even more everyday.”
Executive chef Patrick Stark delivers an American menu with global flavors that is uniquely approachable using high quality local ingredients. He explains, “The Sundown menu is an equal opportunity one supporting vegan, vegetarian, omnivore, carnivore, gluten-free and paleo diets.” All of Sundown’s meat, dairy and eggs are organic. All the fish on the menu is wild-caught. The buns used are non-GMO (with gluten-free options) and gluten-free flatbread crust is also available. All fruits and vegetables are non-GMO. The menu also includes super foods like kale, quinoa, Swiss chard and more.
Truck Yard wins for doing it right.
by Steven Doyle
You may have seen Robert Wilonsky’s story over at the Dallas Morning News concerning Pat Snuffer and the controversy surrounding the opening of Pat’s Burger and Cheddar Fries that was scheduled to open the 16th of December. As we reported Firebird Restaurant Group took over the Snuffers brand through the bankruptcy court late November of 2013. The same hour, actually almost to the minute, both Firebird and Pat Snuffer’s agencies fired off a press release in what looked like a harmonious and orchestrated effort. Firebird announced the take over, and Snuffer announced his new restaurant on Greenville Avenue at the same location where the original Snuffers stood before it was demolished earlier this year.
A tipster sent word at noon yesterday that Snuffer, along with his partners Steve Cole and Patrick Snuffer had been served an injunction that would prevent the opening of Pat’s. Specifically, the 159 page document (see below) asserted “the defendant is operating a copy-cat version of its restaurant on Lower Greenville called Pat’s Burger & Cheddar Fries”. I called Snuffer and spoke with him just before he was to appear in court. He promised a call afterwards with the results. Early yesterday evening Pat Snuffer told us that the judge did not rule, instead issued a temporary restraining order and set a hearing for December 19, 2013.
Today, Snuffer issued the following statement to craveDFW: Continue reading