3 restaurants have just opened in Dallas but there are closures too

Dallas may be on the brink of summer, and Dallas may also be in the midst of a severe heat wave. But that doesn’t stop the cycle of restaurants opening and closing.

A batch of starters appeared, just days after our June issue of Where To Eat, which in turn featured seven newly opened restaurants.

Unfortunately, there is also news of closures. But the slots first.


An authentic, family-owned Italian restaurant has moved from California to Texas and is now open on June 20. Baonecci from husband and wife Walter and Stefania Gambaccini, who previously owned an unassuming yet highly regarded bistro in San Francisco. Walter is the charming host. Stefania is a well-known chef, known for his simple and original dishes including lasagna, bolognese, and crunchy thin-crust pizza. Elijah and Filippo are their two sons.

They serve rustic dishes from their native Lucca, a town in Tuscany – dishes you might only find in Italian homes like carpaccio di bresaola, a light and tasty dish rarely seen in American restaurants. They’ve also created a unique style of thin-crust pizza that seems designed to satisfy Dallas’ preference for a crunchy crust.

The global fried chicken chain known for its unique and spicy Korean-style fried chicken opened its first location in Frisco on June 20, at 4760 Preston Road, No. 228, in Tom Thumb Shopping Center on Lebanon Road. This is their third Dallas location, after The Colony and Addison, but Frisco is the first to offer pickup boxes, to simplify delivery and online ordering.

Ponchon chicken is twice fried, giving the crust a satisfying chew, and it has a unique red sauce that is garlicky, sweet and spicy. The menu includes wings, drums, and bone chips. There are also Korean tacos, which you can have with chicken or with bulgogi/marinated beef, as well as fried rice, french fries, cabbage salad, and kimchi coleslaw.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub in Grandscape
An Arizona-based chain known for its affordable food, beer and cocktails, has opened its newest North Texas location at Grandscape at The Colony. Bian says this is their most ambitious location to date and largest in North Texas, with two floors including a second-floor bar and rooftop patio; 6,500 square feet of outdoor seating; And a 2500 square feet patio.


steam theory fermentation
The brewery restaurant in Trinity Groves in Dallas closed on June 19, after four years. The venue was owned by Jonathan Barrows and Chuck Homola, North Texas Homebrewers Club alumni who shared a vision for a restaurant with beer and food that showcases the freshest and simplest ingredients.

But they eventually fell due to the combination of deadly factors that plagued everyone. They posted their closure on Facebook:

“It’s sad to write this but steam theory will pour our last beer on Sunday evening June 19th,” their post said. “For the past four years, we have had the pleasure of sharing great beer, food, laughter and tears with regulars, friends, staff and the local community. This place has become a second home for our employees and regular employees have been strangers who have become friends who have become friends and family members. We have worked hard to keep the taps flowing across Global pandemic, 2021 resignation, recession, and inflation.”

Walking in The Hills Bistro & Bar
The Baton Rouge chain founded by Brandon Landry and owned by New Orleans Saints star Drew Bryce closed its Las Colinas restaurant in late May. The restaurant opened in 2018, the first location to open in North Texas; Since then locations in Grandscape have opened at The Colony in 2020 and at Arlington, which opened in 2019.

All signage for the Las Colinas site has been removed and a spokesperson confirmed that it was closed “about a month ago”, which seems sad after the property reopened that site after the pandemic in March.

It did not stop their interest in the area. Two other sites are listed as “Coming Soon” at Euless and McKinney.

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