Dallas has a new Master Sommelier wine expert and more restaurant news

This roundup of Dallas food news has plenty of fodder, including five new restaurant openings, six new menus and two new pumpkin queues. In news for snobby foodies, Dallas just got a new master sommelier and executive chef.

Here’s what’s happening in restaurant news around Dallas:

Monarch is home to a newly crowned Master Sommelier: Pablo Braida. He is one of 10 newbies who have joined the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers, with Julie Dalton of the Post Oak Hotel in Houston and eight others from across the United States. The Court of Master Sommeliers was established in 1977 to encourage excellence in beverage knowledge and service. There are only 154 master sommeliers in the United States

The brass faucet, a chain of upscale beer bars, has opened a location at CityLine in Richardson at 1251 State St., where it offers 150 craft beers from around the world, as well as grilled cheese, Angus burgers and their signature Boom Boom Shrimp. Co-owner Bhatt Ridham is from Richardson. Happy hour runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and all day Thursday. DFW has eight locations on the books with North Dallas, Roanoke, Allen, Rockwall and Prosper already open, and McKinney and Little Elm coming soon.

awesome times is a new family restaurant in Highland Village at 2630 Justin Rd. #107 by husband and wife Jerry and Tamara Lisby, serving traditional American cuisine like burgers, wings and sandwiches. Specialties include a Philly cheesesteak and loaded tater tots of all kinds – their slogan is “less haters, more taters” – including Mt. Fuji topped with crab, wonton chips and homemade wasabi sauce.

sweetgreen opened a location in Lakewood at 6400 Gaston Ave., in the former Dixie House. The space favors meals on the terrace with 36 seats outside and 22 inside. There’s a neon “Pick Me Up” sign for orders placed digitally and artwork by Dallas artist MadexMom. This is Dallas’ third location, after Deep Ellum and Uptown. They also bring back their Elote Bowl with corn, peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, cilantro, goat cheese, spicy sunflower seeds, tortilla chips, quinoa, arugula, in a vinaigrette of cilantro-lime jalapeno; Summer BBQ Salad with Chicken, Watermelon, Corn, Kale, Romaine, Carrots, Cabbage, Cilantro, and Green Goddess Ranch; and a Corn + Peppers side dish, all available through October 12.

Fajita Pete’s opened a location in Frisco at 4150 Legacy Dr. #416, with a menu of fajitas, chips, queso, guacamole, and desserts. That’s eight locations in the DFW area, including Lakewood, Park Cities, Preston Forest, North Dallas, Las Colinas, Carrollton, Colleyville, and Southlake.

Artisanal rye food and drink at 111 W. Virginia St. in McKinney closed after being damaged in a fire that broke out in a downtown McKinney alley on August 15. The restaurant announces that it will be closed for a while.

Village Bakery Co opened its new location on Knox Street in its new Weir’s Plaza space at 3219 Knox St. #130. The bakery was previously across the street at 4539 Travis St. at the intersection of Knox in a small building next to the old 7-Eleven. It was temporary and is now closed.

The Aussie Grind opens a location in Farmers Branch, Alpha Plaza at 4887 Alpha Rd. It is an Australian-style cafe with a full kitchen serving espresso drinks, juices, smoothies and alcoholic beverages. “Traditionally Australians aren’t very serious, except for coffee and breakfast,” says husband-and-wife owner Lui and Angie Monforte, who opened their first location in Frisco in 2019.

G.Texas Catering is the new company that manages the dealerships and bars of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. G Texas is from entrepreneur John Gilbert and chef Michael Gooch, who previously worked with Omni, Andrew Ormsby Catering and Whole Foods Market. Their first foray into the Arts District was in 2017 when they opened a casual dining option called The Artisan. They replace Wolfgang Puck Catering, which has its hands full with its operations at Dallas Union Station, the Nasher Center and the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, where they manage catering and events for the museum and Café Modern.

Harper’s has a new menu with more items to share, more sushi and moderately priced entree options including Corn Agnolotti with Summer Corn and Ricotta, Wagyu Beef Pastrami Shortrib with Brussels Sprouts Sauerkraut, Diver Scallops with crispy lacinato cabbage and chicken piccata with lemon, capers, parsley and spicy greens, available until September.

whistle panties offers new menu items, including Buffalo Fried Cauliflower with Ranch Dressing, Corn Fritters and Grilled Chicken Fredo with Fusilli Pasta, at Dallas, Plano and Southlake locations.

mocking catThompson Dallas Restaurant and Lounge, offers new late summer dishes including Aguachile Ceviche with Kaffir Lime Crackers, Lacinato Kale & Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Vinaigrette and Harissa Smoked Filet with Smashed Potatoes with garlic and olive oil.

Ford’s Garage, the Henry Ford-inspired burger and beer restaurant that recently opened in Plano, is offering new limited-time dishes, including the Sweet Heat Burger with half-pound black Angus beef with blackened seasoning, brisket confit pork, Tillamook Pepper Jack Cheese, chipotle barbecue sauce, romaine and jalapenos on brioche bun; BBQ Bacon Shrimp served on Mango Salsa with Bourbon BBQ Sauce; and ribs with choice of charbroiled brisket or andouille sausage. They are available until October 3.

El Pollo Loco has a new shredded chicken quesadilla combo with a warm flour tortilla with shredded chicken, mild tomato salsa, melted cheese, diced onions and cilantro. The combo includes a regular drink and a side of tortilla chips for $5. The new quesadilla combo joins three other fan combos: Classic Chicken Burrito, Original Pollo Bowl, and 3 Al Carbon Tacos.

Pizza Motor Citythe Detroit-style pizzeria in Lewisville, now offers full-service dining and a bar, and has expanded its menu to include pastas and sandwiches.

Madeleine has new menu items for fall, including Pumpkin Streusel Muffin, Chai Tea Latte, Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Caramel Apple Danish (available after Labor Day).

7 eleven offers two new pizzas: a breakfast pizza with sauce, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese and breakfast sausage; and Veggie with diced red pepper, green pepper, white onions and sliced ​​mushrooms. They also launched the 7Collection, an online store featuring 7-Eleven themed t-shirts, hats and memorabilia.

Farm + Food in Plano has a new lunch special served weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (except Tuesdays when it’s closed) for $12.50.

The king of smoothies has a new Espresso that can be added to any smoothie, with 159 mg of caffeine per 20-ounce drink (twice as much as Cold Brew’s 83 mg of caffeine). For example, you can add espresso to their Mocha Coffee Smoothie with Sunwarrior Organic Plant Protein, Banana, Dates, Califia Farms Oat Milk and Cocoa.

Dunkin’ ushered in Pumpkin with Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, Pumpkin Spice Signature Latte and Nutty Pumpkin Coffee.

Tango room has a new Caviar Martini with a dollop of caviar, vodka, oyster shell vermouth, kümmel, yolk jam, and kaluga for $45.

Al-Biernat has a new Watermelon Refresher cocktail with Casa Noble Reposado, Licor 43, fresh watermelon, mint and lime juice for $19, available through the end of September at Al Biernat’s North and Oak Lawn locations.

Anise, the Mediterranean wine bar and restaurant at the Village’s Drey Hotel, has a new executive chef: Rene De Leon, Jr., whose resume includes Bullion, Next and Aviary in Chicago, the Dawson in Chicago, Le Sel in Nashville, Swift’s Attic in Austin and the 3 star Michelin restaurant Alinea. Its new menu includes tuna crudo, mussels, merguez sausages and crispy eggplant.

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Eric Sandler contributed to this story.

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