Bishops Lane, Isla & Co., The Saint and more restaurants in New Dallas


IAn unprecedented two years have passed since then Good Appetite named Dallas the 2019 Restaurant City of the Year. But even during a pandemic, our city’s restaurant scene has endured. With the overwhelming number of new store openings (particularly 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 offer the comfort food –– and cocktails , which we need . Now it’s time to get excited for upcoming Dallas restaurant news.

From exciting new openings to unfortunate closures (plus any other food news we might see fit), The Dallas Dish is your weekly go-to for essential local restaurant news.

Brooklyn-based coffee shop Isla and Co will open its next location in Bishop Arts. (Courtesy of Isla and Co)

A Brooklyn-based Australian all-day cafe will debut in Bishop Arts this fall.

As first reported by D magazine, Lucia’s former space at Bishop Arts will be taken over by Brooklyn-based Australian café Isla & Co. this fall. Inspired by Aussie hospitality culture, the new spot (founded by Perth natives) serves coffee and brunch during the day and then transitions to cocktails and dinner in the evenings. Executive Chef Matt Foley, who worked as Sous Chef at the two Michelin-starred Marea in New York City, created the menu for the restaurant.

The restaurants in Saint Dallas
The Saint serves Italian cuisine in the former Two Sisters eatery in East Dallas.

A new Italian steakhouse is taking over the former Two Sisters catering space in East Dallas…

The Saint, a new Italian steakhouse by hospitality veteran Andy Hooper (Hooper Hospitality Concepts based in Las Vegas), opens this fall in the former Two Sisters premises in East Dallas. The Saint offers an Italian-inspired menu of dry-aged meats and chops, homemade pasta and vegetable-based dishes. The drinks menu will feature new twists on classic cocktails, as well as a wine list with a focus on Italian wine and Californian reds.

… And from the same group, a new Asian spot will open in the Design District in 2023.

Also designed by Hooper, Night Rooster will be a contemporary Asian restaurant and bar in the Design District on N. Riverfront Boulevard. Guests can expect sharing dishes like dim sum, Japanese beef and raw bar bites, as well as classic Asian fare. The cocktail program focuses on Asian whiskeys, soju and sake.

Bishop Lane
Bishop Lane offers live music, street food, vendors and outdoor pop-up bars. (Courtesy of Exxir Hospitality)

This June, Bishop Lane is serving cocktails and snacks in a pop-up beachfront setting in Bishop Arts.

Exxir Hospitality, known for Bishop Arts hotspots Tejas, Paradiso and more, launched a summer outdoor series called Bishop Lane this June. Each weekend has a different theme (for example, June 10-12 are Miami-inspired salsa nights) and include live music, dancing, street food, and vendors. Two pop-up bars are also stationed outside of Tejas (named Beach Shack) and Casablanca (Palm Bar), where visitors can enjoy drinks while relaxing on beach chairs. Warning: There is real sand, so maybe don’t wear your fancy shoes.

Enrique Tomas Dallas
Enrique Tomas opened its first US location in Dallas. ( decency)

Henderson Avenue’s Enrique Tomás is moving to a new neighborhood.

The world’s largest supplier of jamón (Spanish ham) opened its first US location along Henderson Avenue in early 2020 Dallas morning newsthe famous Spanish spot will move to the former Mot Hai Ba area in Victory Park on June 15th. It will also be under new management (Lia Pineda and Mauricio Pineda) and a fresh design.


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