Chef Julian Rodarte to Bring Dallas’ First 2D Concept

The team behind the West Dallas restaurant district, Trinity Groves Restaurant Group, is thrilled to announce that their newest concept Temakeria “Japanese Temaki Style Sushi” will open its doors on the May 16, 2023. Located in the old V-Eats space, Temakeria, a black and white 2D restaurant designed for picturesque moments and sensory dining, will provide lunch and dinner service featuring a collaboration of Japanese sushi, handrolls, sashimi & fun fare served in 3D printed vessels, worth a photo or two, and featuring a tailored selection of colorful signature cocktails. 

Restaurant group CEO Julian Rodarte says, “The name “Temakeria” is a play on words using the Japanese word for handrolls “Temaki” and Taqueria. The idea is to enjoy taco shaped Temaki in a picturesque setting the way you would eat tacos at a taqueria.” He also shared, “This is a concept I have been holding in my back pocket for quite a while and am excited Phil Romano gave me the opportunity to bring it to life here at Trinity Groves. After the success of Beto & Son, Lexy’s and Nitro Burger we are excited to keep opening more fun, delicious and exciting concepts at Trinity Groves like Temakeria to join the ranks of the other known and loved concepts like St. Rocco’s, Kate Weiser, Art Park & Cake Bar.”

Dining at Temakeria, guests can enjoy appetizers including lobster karage, poke nachos and various gyoza’s, as well as a large list of handrolls with toro, salmon, unagi, softshell crab and many more. Temakeria will also be vegan friendly with many vegetable handrolls, vegan appetizers and a dessert utilizing tofu to make a matcha tofu crème brûlée. Craft cocktails, sake, beer & wine will accompany the food at Temakeria. The craft cocktail list was carefully curated by local mixologists, Joe Renteria & co-founder of Racho Mezcal, Daniel Ayala, who focused on incorporating authentic Japanese ingredients that were complementary to the menu and vibrant colors that play off the contrast in design.

Located in the heart of Trinity Groves, Temakeria, a 1,694-square-foot is an intimate space that is a cozy  Instagram lover’s dream. It will feature a 40-seat dining room including an eight-seat sushi bar, and a 1,200-square-foot patio area that overlooks the beautiful Dallas skyline and the iconic Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The restaurant’s Interior was designed by Julian’s wife. Alexa Rodarte says “My inspiration for this design comes all the way from Asia and I have been anticipating this design for over a year, waiting to pair it with the perfect concept. When Julian told me the next restaurant we were creating was Japanese, I knew it was the perfect match.”

One of the Rodarte’s favorite parts of developing Temakeria, were the artists and designers they were able to partner with on the project. Alexa has a strong art background and she felt it was a perfect opportunity to connect their love for the art of food with her love for the arts. She appreciates that fact that Trinity Groves has the Tin District and is working to have that bleed over throughout the entirety of the neighborhood. The Tin District is an area located in Trinity Groves that houses dozens of talented Dallas artist studios. Artists often showcase their work on the outside walls of the studios in the neighborhood. The walls of Temakeria are covered with original hand drawn art from Jonathan Freeman, a Dallas local and known as Jonathan Krown in the art community. Johnathan is also the creator of the mural over the at Beto & Son. Under Alexa’s direction, Jonathan brought her vision to life and incorporated a few Dallas & Texas moments.

The Rodart’s also worked with designer Taylor Dobson, who has created the temaki holders out of organic, plant based, PLA material that is food safe and matched the design Alexa Rodarte came up with. “Taylor Dobson is an 18-year-old phenom, who is helping us at Trinity Groves design amazing tabletop plateware for our guests while staying conscious of the products we use and where they come from,” says CEO Julian Rodarte.

The restaurant opens on May 16th and will take reservations through OpenTable. Currently, the Dallas restaurant district is home to a unique collection of concepts including Beto & Son, Cake Bar, Holy Crust Pizza, Kate Weiser Chocolate, Lexy’s, Nitro Burger, St. Rocco’s New York Italian, Sum Dang Good Chinese, and The Art Park. 

Temakeria is located in Trinity Groves at 3011 Gulden Ln. Suite #102, Dallas, TX, 75212, and will be open for dinner every day Monday-Sunday & lunch Friday-Sunday. For more information, please visit and follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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