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Pera Turkish Kitchen opens
A new restaurant just opened in the shopping center at the northwest corner of Preston and Summerside. Pera Turkish Kitchen serves all kinds of Turkish cuisine with cold appetizers such as hummus, eggplant salad and saksuka starting at $5.50. Platters are $12.95. Hot appetizers include zucchini pankaces and feta-spinach wraps. The restaurant’s signature entree is the “adana” — lamb with eastern Mediterranean spices. There also are kebabs, gyros, shish and several seafood options. The most expensive items are the mixed grill platter and the grilled branzino (Mediterranean seabass) for about $20. The owners also operate a Turkish restaurant in Arlington and expanded to North Dallas.
Pera Turkish Kitchen, 17479 Preston, 972.267.4444
Olive Tree Market and Café closes for now
Having just opened last November, Olive Tree Market and Café has closed for renovations with plans to re-open this month. The 14,500 square-foot space that is part-café and part-grocery store specializes in Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern fare. The owners come from the much-loved Shine’s Mediterranean Market, which closed its location at the southeast corner of Preston and Belt Line. Olive Tree’s renovation will yield an updated butcher shop and bakery. They plan to add more American items to the grocery store and install a salad bar on the restaurant side. “There will be a lot of changes throughout the store,” says Yustun Yasa, one of the restaurant partners. He says the owners also are working out an issue with the landlord regarding a large outstanding balance on the rent. Yasa is confident that won’t keep them from re-opening. Hopefully he’s right. Olive Tree aims to open by mid-July in time for the Muslim holiday, Ramadan.
Olive Tree Market and Café, 970 N. Coit, suite 3025, 972.238.7154
Tiramisu to be Jack Mac’s Swill & Grill
The fairly new Italian spot Tiramisu near Preston and Mapleshade has been bought by Jack Mac’s Swill & Grill. This month, the restaurant is undergoing a renovation and concept change to “American pub and pizza.” Tiramisu is closing just shy of its one-year mark.
Jack Mac’s Swill & Grill, 19009 Preston, 972.267.2782
More business bits
1. Sushi Axiom is now open at the northeast corner of Belt Line and Montfort in the Prestonwood Town Center.
Sushi Axiom, 5225 Belt line, suite 240, 972.233.0003
2. Hoffbrau Steaks has opened in the former Salado Mexican Grill space at Coit and Campbell.
Hoffbrau Steaks, 7601 Campbell, suite 725, 972.735.0800
3. Vitality House is now open for dinner.
Vitality House, 800 N. Coit, 972.664.9299