The Dallas Dish – Historic bar returns, great sandwich shop survives and surprising shutters

Iit’s been crazy for two years Enjoy your meal named Dallas Restaurant City of the Year 2019. But even through a pandemic, our city’s food scene has persevered. With the sheer number of recent openings (especially in Deep Ellum, Bishop Arts, and downtown), it’s easy to forget that many in the industry are still struggling, but Texas restaurants have innovated. to provide the comfort food – and cocktails – that we need. Now, it’s time to eagerly await the Dallas restaurant news.

From exciting openings to ill-fated closings (in addition to any other food news we might find appropriate), The Dallas Dish is your weekly must-have local food news aid.

Rodeo Bar returns to the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas with an updated design and menu. (Photo by Steven Visneau)

Rodeo Bar reopens with an updated menu and design.

Located in the Adolphus since 1981, this Texan tavern closed in 2018 during the spectacular renovation of the historic hotel. Now, the beloved place is back with a redesigned look from hotel company Makeready and Dallas-based design firm SWOON the Studio. The updated Rodeo Bar features vintage cabins and a new private space aptly called The Back Room. The original spot floor has been beautifully preserved, as have the neon lights of the ’80s beer bars and rodeo posters. As for the menu, expect smash-style burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos, and more classics. The bar program includes a few Texan-inspired cocktails as well as local beers.

Great American Hero Dallas restaurant closes
The great American hero has been in Dallas since 1974. (Courtesy of The Un-Fine Diner)

The great American hero will survive with a new owner.

Not all heroes wear capes – some just save your favorite sandwich shop. After owner Dominick Oliverie announced the impending shutdown of longtime staple Oak Lawn last summer, two Dallas residents, Jacob Cox and Danny Wilson (Rocket Fizz Soda Pop Candy Shop, The Pharmacy), are intervened to bring it back to life, according to the Dallas Observer. The two don’t plan on making many changes to the concept of Oliverie, although a new location will soon be needed due to rising rents. Other outposts for our local hero may also be in the works soon.

A great revitalized American hero reopens today.

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La Tarte Tropézienne’s first American outpost brings its namesake, cream-filled dessert, caviar, and French sandwiches to downtown Dallas.

La Tarte Tropézienne has left the Joule building.

CultureDallas Map announced today that the French bakery, which opened in 2020, has displayed a “Closed” sign on its door, though the post also includes hope for an exciting replacement. The Dallas site of La Tarte Tropézienne was the store’s first American outpost outside of France. The baby food was absolutely delicious.

Sprezza farm at Oak Lawn.

The Italian restaurant Sprezza is taking a break.

According to Dallas Morning News, Oak Lawn The Italian restaurant Sprezza closed on New Years Eve – the building that housed the famous pasta restaurant is slated to be demolished as part of Old Parkland’s current development. Owned by Julian Barsotti (Nonna, Carbone’s, Fachini), the critically acclaimed Sprezza has been open since 2016. But there is hope for a second iteration, potentially in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood.

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