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Alpine Ice Cream and Yogurt now open in Hillcrest Village
Independently owned Alpine Ice Cream and Yogurt recently opened in Hillcrest Village, offering soft-serve yogurt and ice cream as well as milkshakes in a variety of flavors. There’s also a food menu of snacks, including personal pizzas, chicken wings, hot dogs, french fries and cheese fries. Alpine owner Bob Kuminski of Frisco says that unlike most frozen yogurt shops, his concept is not self-serve. There will be three set sizes and prices for yogurt to avoid what he calls “yogurt sticker shock.” “I see frozen yogurt places come and go because people are paying too much,” Kuminski says. He says customers often end up paying around $7 for a large. He hasn’t settled on his price point yet but expects it to be more around $4 for the largest size.
Alpine Ice Cream and Yogurt, 6859 Arapaho, 214.316.5085
Lalo’s Fine Mexican Cuisine now open on Preston
Lalo’s Fine Mexican Cuisine has opened on Preston just north of Frankford. The menu is Mexican-style, not Tex-Mex like most places in the area. However, to be competitive with the other popular restaurants around Dallas, Lalo’s does offer a few Tex-Mex options on their menu, their chicken enchiladas being the most popular. Owner Lalo Guzman, originally from Mexico, wants to serve authentic Mexican dishes. Guzman says their sopes — handmade corn tortillas with black beans, brisket, lettuce and cheese — are the best option on the menu. Lalo’s offers a full bar with strawberry and mango margaritas, twisters (a margarita mixed with their handmade Sangria) and many other drinks to choose from. There’s also a patio and outdoor waiting area in which dogs are welcome. Guzman had a dream of opening his own Mexican restaurant for years. He has worked with a few of the MCrowd restaurants around Dallas. When he was finally able to achieve his goal, he brought his own family into the business. “We want to make you feel like you’re part of the family,” he says. “If you don’t feel like that, we aren’t doing it right.”
Lalo’s Fine Mexican Cuisine, 18484 Preston, 469.298.3017
Quaker Steak and Lube to open in North Dallas
The gas station-themed steakhouse chain Quaker Steak and Lube plans to open a location in North Dallas by the end of this year or in early 2013. The owners cannot confirm exactly where, since they are still looking at several potential spots. Quaker Steak (or “The Lube”) is known for its wings, ribs, steaks and burgers and has more than 20 sauces. The restaurants are decorated with cars suspended from the ceiling along with other car and motorcycle memorabilia. The chain began in 1974 in Sharon, Pa., and now has 50 locations across 15 states.
Quaker Steak & Lube
Wicked Po’ Boys now open at Campbell and Greenville
Wicked Po’ Boys recently opened in Richardson’s Eastside complex at Campbell and Greenville. After moving to Dallas, Joey Le and wife Lan Chi Le missed New Orleans cuisine. In Louisiana, they loved dining at small po’ boy places and realized there was nothing like this in the North Dallas area. On the menu, there is a “Gulf” section with po’ boys and other seafood dishes. For non-seafood lovers, there is an “inland” menu with creative po’ boys like tofu, roast beef with gravy and more. Also on the menu you’ll find gumbo, charred oysters and crawfish etoufée. To further the New Orleans feel, Wicked Po’ Boys serves hot beignets as a dessert.
Wicked Po’ Boys, 1811 N. Greenville, sTE. 400, 972.238.1313
More business bits
1. Sullivan’s Steakhouse, which opened in 1998 at Trinity Mills and the Tollway, has closed. The owners tried to sell the place twice this year with no luck.
2. Norma’s Café recently celebrated its 56th anniversary by offering a one-day-only special of $1.79 chicken fried steak, meatloaf or chicken and dressing.
Norma’s Cafe, 17721 N. Dallas Pkwy., 972.380.8646
3. Goff’s Hamburgers in the Preston Valley Shopping Center at Preston and LBJ Freeway has closed. The original location in University Park remains open.
4. Kenny Bowers has added a Sunday brunch at 11 a.m. to his service at Addison’s Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill.
Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill, 5000 Beltline, 972.392.9663