April was a pretty high and low month for Dallas. The month started with high profile openings before ending with community icons closing their doors. The first of these beloved spots is Ten Bells Tavern.
Ten Bells Tavern had spent the last decade building a tight-knit community in the Bishop Arts District before closing its doors last Sunday thanks to property developers who bought the land to build mixed-use developments with apartments. The good news is that Ten Bells will be moving to 238 W. 8th St in the near future.
Cafe Herrera on Sylvian Avenue was another big closure last month, after 51 years of service. Herrera’s has bounced around a few times in the past, going through several spaces on Maple Avenue before moving to West Dallas. Nora Ontiveros, the granddaughter of founder Amelia Herrera, said the Dallas Morning News that high food costs and labor shortages since the pandemic led to the decision to close.
The great novelty of April in terms of catering was of course the opening of Carbone and its hustle and bustle Carbone Vino. Although also an Italian restaurant, Carbone Dallas has no connection to Julian Barsotti’s Carbone’s in Oak Lawn. While we’re on the subject of Italian cuisine, Sasseta has also made its big comeback at Hotel Joule, after it closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. We won’t say more about these places because we’ve already said enough in our roundup of Dallas’ most exciting restaurants so far this year.
Celebrity chef David Chang’s fried chicken restaurant Fuku is returning to Dallas after a failed rollout last year. If you’re unfamiliar with Chang, you’ll probably recognize him from his Netflix show Ugly Delicious or his appearances in Jon Favreau The chef’s show. Fuku began delivery April 13 from a ghost kitchen in Irving, but you can still order for pickup at any location in Franklin Junction.
The Dallas Morning News reported on the closure of Saint Taco in Greenville on April 28. The space used to be bibimbap’s Korean restaurant BBBop Seoul Kitchen before the owners moved the place to Saint Taco. In an email to customers, the owners vaguely cited “numerous challenges” as to why Saint Taco closed without giving a specific reason.
With one gate closed, another opened the same day at Oak Cliff. The team behind Yellow Rosa opened La Pesca Seafood Market, offering an authentic Mexican seafood experience with its design inspired by a family fish market in Teplzotlan.
Hunan Cafe also opened in early April, as reported The Dallas Morning News. Launched by Mark Carey, Cafe Hunan is the spiritual successor to Hunan Express in Uptown, which closed in 2012. Located at 5600 SMU Blvd., Cafe Hunan has everything you would expect with many of the same recipes from the old place. .
Finally, Mexican restaurant Odelay and Wow Donuts and Drips both opened opposite each other in Lovers Lane last month. The first is a new restaurant opened by Barsotti as a tribute to Dallas Tex-Mex. The latter is Wow’s newest location, with the original having opened in Frisco in 2017.