Tidbites: Artisan popsicles coming, 24 Plates open, new Mex, Mex, Mex

Now open in W. 7th area: Rafain.

Now open in W. 7th area: Rafain.

I have much to tell you:

* Two new Mexican restaurants are opening on the west side of Fort Worth. Mexican rotisserie chicken empire El Pollo Regio expands to a location near the Camp Bowie traffic circle, in the old Cowtown Bar & Grill spot. Should be open in the few two weeks. Down the street in the old Texas Grill space will be Mi Cocula, a new Tex Mex resto from the Moreno family of Weatherford’s now-shuttered El Ray Taqueria.

* Sombrero Mexican Food will open its first Texas location later this year at 201 W. Rosedale St. Sombrero is a Cali-based fast-food chain that specializes in “San Diego-style” Mexican food. The menu consists of burritos, tacos, tortas and enchiladas.

* W. 7th area has some new tenants. In Patrazio’s old spot is now Rafain, a Brazilian steakhouse chain. Bud Kennedy recently reported that Brownstone’s former digs will be taken over by another Dallas import – the third location of Social House, a concept by Brian Olenjack of Olenjack’s Grille in Arlington. If the menus at the Uptown Dallas and Addison locations are any indication, expect pizzas, burger, steaks and cheffed-up bar food. A few blocks over, Landmark Bar & Kitchen has opened at 3008 Bledsoe St. Menu’s not posted on their website and all they’ve been Facebooking about is drink specials. Proceed with caution.

* The long awaited tapas spot 24 Plates is now open at 407 W. Magnolia Ave. in the Magnolia May area of the Near Southside. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

* Construction has started on the new Cheesecake Factory downtown, coming to Ferre’s old spot across the street from Bass Hall in Sundance Square. It’ll also take up some of the old Barnes & Noble space.

* Sundance Square also announced a new fast-casual Korean restaurant Hoya Korean Kitchen will open later this year in the old Quizno’s spot at Taylor and 3rd Streets. Owner Odes Kim also runs sushi restaurant Little Katana in Dallas’ Highland Park area, but at Hoya, he’ll focus on food from his homeland. I can’t wait to see the place. The interior is being designed by Hatsumi Kuzuu, who also designed Tei An, FT33 and Urban Taco, according to Sundance. The restaurant will have an indoor/outdoor seating area with a retractable roof.

* Just in time for summer are two new treat shops – Sugar Biscuit, a catering company that will also offer cupcakes and whoopie pies to the public, will open soon on the Bluebonnet Traffic Circle, right next door to forthcoming Pegaso Diner. Steel City Pops, a sweet and savory pop sickle chain promises to open this month at 908 Currie St. in the W. 7th area.

* I sure do hate to see Lanny’s Alta Cocina Mexicana go, but I’m excited about Lanny Lancarte’s upcoming Righteous Foods.


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