The Dallas Dish — A New Speakeasy, a Hybrid Restaurant-Comedy Club, and Some Sad Goodbyes

Your Weekly Need-To-Know Restaurant News

BY // 01.03.22

It’s been a wild two years since Bon Appétit named Dallas the 2019 Restaurant City of the Year. But even through a pandemic, our city’s dining scene as persevered. With the overwhelming amount of recent 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 been innovating to provide the comfort food — and cocktails — we need. Now, it’s time to look forward to the Dallas restaurant news ahead.

From exciting openings to unfortunate closures (plus, any other food news we might find fitting), The Dallas Dish is your weekly helping of need-to-know local dining news.

A new restaurant and comedy club opens in Addison. 

Two Texas comedians, husband-and-wife T.K. Matteson and Kara Kimbrough, opened a new restaurant and comedy club in Addison just in time for New Year’s Eve. Called TK’s, naturally, the hybrid concept (you can also count craft cocktails in the mix) took over the former Public School 972 space and is now open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.


Magnum Room
The Magnum Room is a new speakeasy bar located in Hotel Vin. (Photo by Monika Normand Photography)

Grapevine’s Hotel Vin gets a speakeasy-style bar. 

Hidden behind a phone booth entrance (like any good speakeasy is), a mysterious new spot is serving cocktails in Grapevine’s Hotel Vin. Named the Magnum Room, this dimly lit lounge features seasonally rotating cocktails like the Gold Fashioned, Seltzer of The Queen, and Dealer’s Choice (where you let the bartender take the wheel). Reservations must be booked in advance.


Two Sisters Catering Dallas Restaurant News
Two Sisters Catering closes after 32 years in business in Dallas. (Courtesy)

Two Sisters Catering closes after 32 years.

Since 1989, Two Sister Catering has been creating meals for weddings, holidays, and more in Dallas. After 32 years in business, the company called it quits on New Year’s Eve due to the labor shortage, supply chain problems, and other costs that have accumulated since the Covid-19 pandemic began.


Trompo Oak Cliff
Trompo Oak Cliff shutters, but the new East Dallas location is open. (Courtesy)

Oak Cliff’s Trompo shutters, but the East Dallas location remains open. 

The original taco haven in Oak Cliff shuttered on Christmas Eve, but thankfully, Trompo’s recently opened second location in East Dallas remains intact. According to the Dallas Observer, the Bishop Arts spot will be bulldozed for new development. This follows the closures of other favorite haunts in the area like Ten Bells Tavern and The Local Oak. Ten Bells will find a new home nearby, but there’s still no word on the future of Local Oak.

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